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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