Reinventing the 21st Century Educator: Social Media to Engage and Support the Professional Learning of Teachers

This article explores how teachers can use social media technologies to support their own professional development and learning. It first explains that learning for professions has moved beyond knowledge and has instead focused on process. Teachers operate in the digital world rather than by learning and memorizing facts. The paper argues that competence in online learning is essential to professional development. The authors acknowledge possible “culture shock” for educators unfamiliar with social media technology and believe it is imperative to take time to explain the value of social media and facilitate the learning process.



McLoughlin, C. (2011). Reinventing the 21st century educator: Social media to engage and support the professional learning of teachers. Ascilite. 847-851