Oak Knoll Teacher Published In Educational Technology Journal

Oak Knoll School’s Computer Science Department Chair, Talia Nochumson, Ed.D. A recent article written by Talia Nochumson, Ed.D., Chair of Oak Knoll School’s Computer Science Department and Technology Integration Specialist, said about two-thirds of U.S. elementary school teachers (K-5) surveyed felt supported by their administration for using Twitter as a tool for learning. 

Nochumson’s research, recently published in the CITE Journal –  Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, was part of her dissertation work at Teachers College, Columbia University.  The CITE Journal is the peer-reviewed publication of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education.

Utilizing her own Twitter account, Nochumson collected data from K-5 teachers across the United States. 

In the study’s findings, two-thirds of teachers surveyed felt supported by their administration in the use of Twitter for teaching and some reported Twitter as their go-to for professional development. 

“As a Twitter user, I found myself making connections with other teachers, especially to participate in #MysterySkype calls,” said Nochumson, who teaches Oak Knoll’s seventh grade Computer Skills and ninth grade Computer Concepts. 

“I also noticed that administrators and school leaders were actively using Twitter, so I wanted to find out if teachers felt that they had support for not only using Twitter as a space to learn, but for implementing new ideas in their teaching,” she said. 

Nochumson also collected data from middle and high school teachers for research presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) in April 2020.

“In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders and policymakers may want to consider their support for teachers’ use of Twitter as a legitimate resource for professional learning, especially for ideas related to remote teaching and online learning,” said Nochumson.

To find out more about how teachers can use Twitter as a professional development tool for teaching ideas, visit Nochumson’s blog On Education. 

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