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Using Technology to Create Community for Preservice Teachers In Remote Learning

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Listen and learn : Panel

Thursday, December 3, 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Theresa Cullen  
Mat Pullen  

How do we help new teachers stay in the profession especially during COVID-19 ? The answer is community that we form when they are still at University. This session will share two professors' activities to begin developing their PLN. And how to persist in this mission during remote teaching.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Topic: Teacher education
Grade level: Community college/university
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Participate regularly in online professional learning networks to collaboratively learn with and mentor other professionals.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this panel is to share how we work to build community amongst preservice teachers as part of our curriculum and how this community helps to support teachers into their careers.
Dr.Cullen will discuss her use of state twitter chats and edcamps to connect students.
Mat Pullen will share how he supports students during the course and beyond into their careers to empower their innovative practice and promote their work through publishing their work.


Explain supports to help teachers not leave the profession
The importance of community, community of practice in PLN
What they are doing at South Wales
What they are doing at
Arkansas tech and OU .
How ISTE members can support ours and others efforts to form community and support teachers.

Supporting research

Inman, D., & Marlow, L. (2004). Teacher retention: Why do beginning teachers remain in the profession?. Education, 124(4).

Wenger, E. (2011). Communities of practice: A brief introduction.

Wenger, E. (2010). Communities of practice and social learning systems: the career of a concept. In Social learning systems and communities of practice (pp. 179-198). Springer, London.

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Dr. Theresa Cullen, Arkansas Tech University
Mat Pullen, University of South Wales

Mat is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of South Wales. He leads on developing students skills in digital technology to enhance learning and teaching and is transforming how future teachers approach their approach to what education looks like.

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