On the Ning, Nang, Nong, Where the ‘Web’ Goes Bong.
Judy Thistleton-Martin, Kathryn Lewis, University of Western Sydney, Australia
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Over the past ten years, Web 2.0 has impacted as an extendible tool which promotes a social constructivist platform. This has provided teacher educators with the potential to transform the world of professional networks and social relationships surrounding universities, schools and communities into online partnerships. Anderson (2007) identifies the need for ‘a more socially connected Web in which people can contribute as much as they can consume’. This paper describes a pilot study on the application of Web 2.0 technology to create an online community of practice for a “crowd” of beginning (substitute) casual teachers who have just entered the Australian workforce as primary (elementary) school teachers. The authors have incorporated the ARCS model (Keller, 1987), which synthesizes motivational concepts and problem solving approaches in relation to design, as a modified framework in order to develop more fully ‘the big ideas’ behind Web 2.0 and its use in order to empower and support beginning casual teachers as they struggle to find a place in the world of practicing teachers.
Thistleton-Martin, J. & Lewis, K. (2009). On the Ning, Nang, Nong, Where the ‘Web’ Goes Bong. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3821-3831). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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