What is my goal for writing this essay?
My goal in writing this essay is to utilize two change models to examine early adopters on Instagram within my current teaching context. This case study will examine the conditions that cause teachers to experiment with new technologies, the impact on learners, their extended families.
What information do I need to include?
Information on the introduction of other forms of social media into schools such as blogs and Instagram. I will need to utlize two change models, Diffusion of Innovation and the Arena Framework, to help develop my understanding.
How will the information be organised?
I will mainly organise my information through a series of blog posts that contain my annotated bibologprahy. I will also use sketchnotes to analyse articles and develop my thinking.
What is the personal change context you would like to focus on?
The personal change context I would like to focus on is my Year 4 class at an international school in Singapore and the introduction of specific form of social media.
What is the central thesis or key question you aim to answer drawing on the research on change with digital technology in education?
In what way do teachers use Instagram to enhance communication between their classrooms and the world?
What are the main themes you plan to address in the body of your essay (bullet points)?
- Defining different types of digital spaces.
- Social media’s influence on teacher communication and practice.
- The role of visual media in communicating with famlies.
- The factors that cause teachers to take up new forms of technology (or not) and sustain a usage of new technology.
- Leadership of the process.
What conclusions do you anticipate?
Teachers may experience push and pull factors that cause them to adopt new technology. Pull factors might include advantages and usablity of technology, the presence of teachers with expertise and postive reactions from families. However, dissatisfaction with the usability of platforms provided by schools may push teachers to seek out alternatives. I also anticipate that the visual nature of this particular social media platform may bring up further questions about how teachers effectively communicate, particularly in communities where there are a large number of families where English is a second language.