Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 3:15pm

The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series*

Theodore Chao, Ph.D.
The Ohio State University

Teaching in the age of Twitter: Utilizing social media technology as a tool for democratizing
mathematics teacher education

Like it or not, social media has revolutionized the teaching profession. Today’s most vibrant mathematics teacher discussions are happening on twitter. A quick look at hashtags such as #iteachmath, #elemmathchat, #MTBoS, and #noticewonder yield a wealth of mathematics teachers engaged in idea sharing and rich conversations about their practice. And while this space seems to be filled with fresh ideas and discussions, we as a community of educational researchers must also be cautious and mindful of how social media operates and the dangers of very public conversations. In this research talk, Dr. Chao shares his emerging work utilizing twitter and other social media technologies to empower pre-service mathematics teachers. What affordances do online discussions create for emerging teachers? What are the dangers of social media for new teachers? How can social media technology be utilized as a tool for supporting equity in the mathematics classroom? And how do we, as a field, defend teachers attacked for positioning mathematics as a controversial sociopolitical topic?

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:15pm
Urban Center room 304
(Refreshments served at 2:45PM in same room)

* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU. This event is free and open to the public.