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

ID: 18039 Type: Full Paper
  1. Ann FitzGibbon, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  2. Elizabeth Oldham and Keith Johnston, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Thursday, March 29 3:30 PM-4:00 PM Location: Exec. Salon 3

Presider: Mercy Fapojuwo, United States

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.


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