New publication: Twitter Hashtags as “Just in Time” Teacher Professional Development

Written by: Spencer Greenhalgh

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Over the past year, I’ve been blogging off and on about #educattentats, a Twitter hashtag created by a French social studies teacher in the wake of the November 2015 Bataclan attacks with the intention of helping teachers identify and share resources that would help them address the subject in their classroom.

I’m pleased to announce that a journal article examining this hashtag in greater detail has just been published in a special issue of TechTrends. My advisor, Matt Koehler, and I examined how this Twitter hashtag served as “just-in-time” teacher professional development, lending further insight into teachers’ use of Twitter as a professional development tool.

A read-only version of the article can be found here, and if you have a subscription to TechTrends, you can download the PDF here.

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Hi there! My name is Spencer Greenhalgh, and I am a student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology doctoral program at Michigan State University. I came to Michigan State University with a strong belief in the importance of an education grounded in the humanities. As an undergraduate, I studied French and political science and worked as a teaching assistant in both fields. After graduation, I taught French, debate, and keyboarding in a Utah private school before coming to MSU, where I plan to study how technology can be used to help students connect the humanities with their lives. I have a particular interest in the use of games and simulations to promote ethical reasoning and explore moral dilemmas, but am eager to study any technology that can help students see the relevance of studying language, culture, history, and government.