Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Social Media: Supporting Teacher Professional Learning and Student Scientific Argumentation
This project will develop instructional strategies and supports that teachers will use to successfully teach the skills of scientific argumentation using available and emerging social media. A research team of freshmen and sophomore (grades 9-10) life science teachers collaborating as co-researchers with university project staff will investigate how to use social media (e.g. Twitter, Edmodo, FaceBook, Wikis, blogs, etc) as a vehicle for facilitating scientific argumentation. The team will assemble strategies, tools and on-line materials to support teachers' development of the pedagogical, content and technological knowledge needed to integrate these emerging technologies into science instruction.