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A short netnography of edutwitter

Due to the instant communicative possibilities that the internet, social media and mobile technologies now provide to the public, we are connected to other cultures and societies as never before. From an epistemological perspective, educators are using these digital channels not only to be socially connected but to develop their knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning. Traditional ethnographers, however, find it challenging to keep up with these changes and adapt their methods to begin to understand this contemporary and socially connected digital society (Garcia, Sandlee, Bechkoff and Cui, 2009; Mills & Morton, 2013). According to Hine (2000), these digital networks‘provide a naturally occurring field site for studying what people do while they are online unconstrained by experimental designs’ (p.18) and with access to on-the-field research becoming more difficult for the deskbound researcher, the attractions of an online ethnographic study become more plausible part…

The schoolification of EYFS and the demise of play-based learning.

Painting? Thinking? Learning? Playing? All of these?
Before I taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), I would jest that this learning through play malarkey was just playing. How on earth could a teacher focus in such a noisy and chaotic environment? How could someone actually make sense of what was happening whilst the children would go from one activity to another whenever they liked? From the outside looking in it appeared that it was just playing and this illusion continued until I decided to work as an EYFS teacher. How hard could it be? I would draw on my 15+ years of primary experience and sort my foundation class into shape. Actually, the initial shock was fear. Fear that my assumptions were correct and that I had made a huge mistake. Fear that my confidence and ability to teach in any primary age group were no more.  Fear when I quickly realised I didn't have a clue how to teach in EYFS and these four and five-year-olds were making a mockery of my so-called pro…