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Teachers' Attitudes, Behaviors, and Opinions Related to Social Media Use
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, , , University of Hawai'i at Hilo, United States ; , Austin Peay State University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

As K-12 students increasingly embrace social media, an investigation of teacher social media use is warranted. This pilot study examined teachers’ attitudes, behaviors, and opinions related to social media use. Teachers enrolled in a masters of education degree program were administered a four-part Teacher Social Media Use Survey. Findings revealed that teachers averaged over17 hours online each week, of which over 8 hours were spent using social media. Teachers’ attitudes toward social media use were determined to be mostly positive. Of the six categories of social media examined, teachers used content communities, social networking sites, and online collaborative project applications the most. Teachers’ opinions related to the benefits and challenges of using social media for personal, academic (college classes), and professional (teaching) use were also explored, as well as how and to what extent teachers were using social media with their students.

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Ray, J., Kalvaitis, D., Wheeler, C. & Hirtle, J. (2011). Teachers' Attitudes, Behaviors, and Opinions Related to Social Media Use. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2011--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 861-867). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 26, 2019 from .

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