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Today, one-third of the world’s population use social media to find other people and resources for real-time information and connection across geographical, cultural and economic borders. In this growing social media space educational researchers, policymakers, administrators, teachers and others must better understand how to leverage online communities, communication, and collaboration. Those engaged in the work of education must bridge cloud to class, developing “network literacy” across physical schoolhouse boundaries, advancing professional knowledge, and distributing quality instructional resources within changing organizational contexts. This conference convenes an international, interdisciplinary group of influential researchers, policymakers and practitioners to create a research agenda in five key areas toward advancing understanding of the educational activities happening within and around social media, their connection to classroom and school practices, and their impact on teaching, learning, and school improvement efforts and policies.

We anticipate many positive outcomes from this event, including two special issues in premier journals, American Journal of Education and Teachers College Record.  This will consist of a collection of published articles and critical commentaries from various participants/stakeholders that are disseminated through traditional and new channels, including a social media campaign, #Cloud2Class. Additionally, we hope that the conference will provide those in attendance with the opportunity to form new partnerships and collaborate on a variety of projects.

We hope you can join us!

Conference organizers  and  planning  committee:
Professor  Christine Greenhow,  Michigan  State  University
Professor  Alan  J.  Daly,  University  of  California,  San  Diego
Professor  Ken  Frank,  Michigan  State  University
Dr.  Frank  Cornelissen,  University  of  Amsterdam
Dr.  Kaitlin  Torphy,  Michigan  State  University
Dr.  Shihua  Hu,  Northwestern  University
Dr.  Martin  Rehm,  United  Nations  University  &  PH  Weingarten
Dr. Diana Brandon, Charleston Southern University