Share Paper: Rise of the “Teacher Influencers”: Examining the benefits and conundrums

  1. Tonia A. Dousay, University of Idaho, United States
  2. Leigh Graves Wolf, Michigan State University, United States
  3. Lucy Santos Green, University of South Carolina, United States
  4. Tutaleni Asino, Oklahoma State University, United States
Tuesday, March 27 4:15 PM-5:15 PM Edison B

Abstract: Teacher educators face the somewhat daunting task of addressing every topic from general education theory to subject- and context-specific strategies Somewhere in the middle of the preservice teacher curriculum lies discussions and applications of technology, digital footprints, diversity, and funding the 21st century classroom When the New York Times tackled the idea of teachers brand ambassadors and ethical dilemmas in a fall 2017 article, social media reacted with an uproar; Twitter chats turned sharply to discuss the issue and Facebook threads emerged to discuss the issue from different perspectives In the perfect storm of school funding cutbacks and social media ...