Social Media as a site for teacher/coaches continuous professional development (CPD) in physical activity education
Through Social Networking Sites (SNSs), such as You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, Voxer or Snap Chat, the Internet has developed into an interactive online space where people connect, collaborate, and share information with the communities they create and participate in. The use of blogs, podcasts and the Internet (more broadly) is also changing the ways in which people are accessing information.
Teachers/coaches are increasingly using these digital tools as part of their continuous professional development (CPD). On various sites practitioners are posting and exchanging pictures, resources, and information. Professional learning communities are also forming where practitioners meet online at specific times to discuss their practice.
Teachers’ and coaches’ professional uses of SNSs make the use of digital spaces as sites for CPD a compelling avenue of research. With predictions that professional learning will become increasingly digital as we move further into the 21st century, this project is interested in examining how SNSs, blogs, podcasts and the Internet act as spaces for CPD. In particular, how does teachers’ and/or coaches’ engagement with digital tools for CPD impact on their practice and their students.
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