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Welcome to Cloud2Class: Social Media in Education

by Kenneth A. Frank - 2019

This chapter welcomes the reader to the study of social media in education. It begins with a description of the background, ranging from general use of social media in today’s society to the importance of social media in education. The study of social media in education will inevitably draw on interdisciplinary concepts and networks of relationships among ideas and people. Furthermore, social media can help researchers and educators cross current boundaries, such as the organizational boundary of the school, and the domains of teachers and leaders. Social media also reveals boundaries that have been reinforced or are emergent with social media, such as intergenerational and cross-cultural boundaries, and standard boundaries of chronology. The contributors themselves come from interdisciplinary backgrounds (all focused on education, but from computer science, technology, sociology, policy, psychology, etc.), and they consider their own agency in shaping the field of study of social media in education. This includes generating theory, raising ethical issues, and providing practical advice. After describing the organization of the yearbook, most importantly, this introduction directs readers to opportunities to engage the field (#cloud2class).

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 121 Number 14, 2019, p. -
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 23056, Date Accessed: 1/28/2020 5:58:52 AM

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  • Kenneth Frank
    Michigan State University
    KENNETH FRANK received his PhD in measurement, evaluation, and statistical analysis from the School of Education at the University of Chicago in 1993. He is MSU Foundation Professor of Sociometrics, professor in Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education; and adjunct (by courtesy) in Fisheries and Wildlife and Sociology at Michigan State University. His substantive interests include the study of schools as organizations, social structures of students and teachers and school decision making, and social capital. His substantive areas are linked to several methodological interests: social network analysis, sensitivity analysis and causal inference (http://konfound-it.com),and multilevel models. His recent publications include agent-based models of the social dynamics of the implementation of innovations in organizations, and the implications of social networks for educational opportunity. Recent publications include: *Frank, K. A., & *Xu, R. (2018) Implementation of evidence based practice in human service organizations: Implications from agent-based models. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 37(4), 4867–4895, *Coequal first authors; and Frank K. A., Lo, Y., Torphy, K., & Kim, J. (2018). Social networks and educational opportunity. In B. Schneider (Ed.), Handbook of the sociology of education in the 21st century (pp. 297–316). Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
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