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The Muddy Field of Social Networking: Implications for Teacher Educators

, Slippery Rock University Of Pennsylvania, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Social networking tools such as MySpace and Facebook are extremely popular among college students. Although teacher candidates may use social networking on a daily basis, not all of them balance out their freedom of speech and moral behaviors expected of educators. Possible consequences may be denial of teaching certificate, lost job opportunities, or dismissal from employment. Teacher educators can mitigate such damages by sharing moral expectations by teachers from students, parents, and school districts. They may also show perspective teachers how to create a positive, ethically appropriate online portfolio. This paper will first mention needs of online morality education by (1) referring to cases of teacher dismissals and (2) illustrating the gap of required knowledge and actual knowledge about acceptable online behavior among preservice teachers. Finally, it will explore a future direction for online credibility management education and a related research.


Yamamoto, J. (2011). The Muddy Field of Social Networking: Implications for Teacher Educators. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3369-3373). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 26, 2019 from .


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