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An Investigation of Student-Teachers’ Use of Social Networks and their Perceptions of Using Technology for Teaching and Learning PROCEEDINGS

, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland ; , , Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper explores student-teachers' use of social networks, specifically Bebo and MySpace. It investigates whether student-teachers' use, or level of use, of these applications is related to their views of the potential of technology for teaching and learning. Their perceptions of a technology-enriched classroom are also considered. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire. They indicate that students' perceptions of how technology enhances learning, or of a technology-enriched classroom, are not related to their use, or non-use, of social networks.

Citation

FitzGibbon, A., Oldham, E. & Johnston, K. (2007). An Investigation of Student-Teachers’ Use of Social Networks and their Perceptions of Using Technology for Teaching and Learning. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2007 (pp. 788-795). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).