University of Balearic Islands (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN18 Proceedings
Publication year: 2018
Pages: 2865-2874
ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2018.0762
Conference name: 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2018
Location: Palma, Spain
Social media has had a great impact on today’s society and education, specifically in Higher Education [1]. In particular, there has been a growing interest on Twitter for learning aims since it was launched in 2006 [2]. The literature review by Tang and Hew [2] reveals six specific ways as to how Twitter has been used in education: capture and representation, communication, collaboration, class organization and administration, reflection, and assessment. Also, research has demonstrated the growth of students’ engagement, the affordances for collaboration and sharing and finally the impact on learning outcomes ([3], [4], [5]). Drawbacks such as resistance [2] and information overload have also been observed [6].

The activity presented in this paper is a learning task formulated to promote the usage of Twitter for learning by student teachers during the academic year 2017-18. Students are asked to publish a tweet every week about their learning in the context of the educational technology subject in year 3 of the Degree in Primary Education of the University of the University of Balearic Islands (Spain). The research is aimed at exploring student teachers’ usage of Twitter for learning and their perceptions. The study is designed from an exploratory and descriptive approach. Quantitative and qualitative data are collected: firstly, based on the instrument built by Jalali, Sherbino, Frank and Sutherland [7], students’ tweets are analyzed according to three topics related to the construction of learning (previous knowledge, frame, reflection); secondly, a survey is used to collect participant perceptions. Discussion and conclusion will argue the value of Twitter for learning aims, and recommendations for further educational implementation and research.

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Social Media, Higher Education, Student Teachers, Learning Construction, Reflection, Learning Tools.