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Research has been supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Center for Business and Social Analytics at MSU, the National Science Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation under award numbers (NSF REAL– 1420532, WT Grant - 182764)

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Email: torphyka@msu.edu

Michigan State University

College of Education

East Lansing, MI

Our Work

Building Theory

Teachers Turning to Teachers: Teacherpreneurial Behavior Within Social Media

Manuscript under review.

Kaitlin T. Torphy, Sihua Hu, Yuqing Liu & Zixi Chen

Educators Meet the Fifth Estate: The Role of Social Media in Teacher Training 

Kaitlin T. Torphy & Corey Drake. Forthcoming in the Teachers College Record Year Book Issue 2019.

A Dialogue on Teachers’ Use of Social Media: The Millenial and the Curmudgeon. 

Ken Frank* & Kaitlin T. Torphy*. Forthcoming in the Teachers College Record Year Book Issue 2019.

*Equal Authorship

Listen to the Audio File here.

Social Media and Education: Curation Within and Outside the Schoolhouse

Sihua Hu* & Kaitlin T. Torphy*

*Equal first authorship

Forthcoming in the Handbook of Social Media Analytics: Advances and Applications  

A Roadmap for Incorporating Online Social Media in Educational Research

Hamid Karimi, Tyler Derr, Kaitlin Torphy, Ken Frank, & Jiliang Tang. Forthcoming in the Teachers College Record Year Book Issue 2019.

Conceptualizing Virtual Instructional Resource Enactment in an Era of Greater Centralization, Specification of Quality Instructional Practices, and Proliferation of Instructional Resources

John Lane, Brian Boggs, Zixi Chen, & Kaitlin Torphy. Forthcoming in the Teachers College Record Year Book Issue 2019.

Characterize Instructional Content

What do Teachers Share on Socialized Knowledge Communities: A Case of Pinterest 

Sihua Hu, Kaitlin T. Torphy, Amanda Opperman, Kim Jansen & Yun-jia Lo

Journal of Professional Capital and Community March 2018

Educational Research in the 21st Century: Leveraging Big Data within Educational Research to Explore Teachers' Professional Behavior and Educational Resources Accessed within Pinterest

Kaitlin T. Torphy, Hamid Karimi, Jiliang Tang, Ken Frank, & Sihua Hu

In preparation.

Social Media and Education: Curation Within and Outside the Schoolhouse and Social Stratification as Evidenced in Culturally Relevant Instruction.

Sihua Hu, Kaitlin T. Torphy, & Amanda Opperman. Forthcoming in the Teachers College Record Year Book Issue 2019.

Understanding Teacher Identities within Physical and Virtual Spaces as Social Capital: A Social Network Approach. Under Review.

Sihua Hu, Kaitlin T. Torphy, & Zixi Chen.

*Equal first authorship

Map Social Diffusion

Examining the Virtual Diffusion of Educational Resources Across Teachers’ Social Networks Over Time

Manuscript under review.

Yuqing Liu*, Kaitlin T. Torphy*, SIhua Hu, & Jiliang Tang

*Equal first authorship

 

Sources of Professional Support: Patterns of Teachers' Curation of Instructional Resources in Social Media  

Manuscript under review.

Kaitlin T. Torphy, Yuqing Liu, Sihua Hu, & Zixi Chen

From Cloud to Classroom: Mathematics Teachers’ Enactment of Resources Accessed Within Virtual Spaces

Manuscript under review.

Sihua Hu, Kaitlin T. Torphy, Kim Jansen & John Lane

Examine Policy Impacts

The Impacts of the Common Core State Standards on Teachers' Resource Seeking and Access on Pinterest

Kaitlin T. Torphy, Yuqing Liu, Sihua Hu, Jiliang Tang, & Ken Frank

How Do Teachers Align their Curated Online Resources to the Common Core State Standards?

Sihua Hu, Kaitlin T. Torphy, Zixi Chen, & Brendan Eagan 

Indiana Elementary Teachers' Response to the High Stake IREAD-3 Assessment Policy: Evidence from Teachers' Instructional Resource Acquisition Within Pinterest

Zixi Chen*, Kaitlin T. Torphy*, Sihua Hu, Serena Salloum, Yuqing Liu, & Kat McConnell

*Equal first authorship

Coupling the planning and understanding of teaching and education policy with the change in students’ proficiency over time, big data connected to administrative data provide an opportunity to examine rich data on school change and student success in a way never before achievable at scale.

Supporting Teacher Training and Development

Providing teachers and students in teacher training with the skills necessary to curate instructional curriculum is a primary focus for the Teachers in Social Media Project. Currently, we are piloting a Reflection Guide (see documents below) that will support teachers' exploration of worthwhile mathematics instructional resources online. We see teachers' curation of instruction and supplemental curriculum as an integrated whole within Socialized Knowledge Communities and their own school-based collegial networks.

A Refection Guide to Instructional Curation of Virtual Resources: Developing Teachers' Habits of Mind

Sihua Hu & Kaitlin T. Torphy

We know teachers' engagement in social media is not bounded to the Pinterest platform. The Open Educational Resource movement (OER) is an example of state and federal actors working toward distributed leadership in curricular curation and online engagement within schools. Moving away from written textbooks, OER provides districts the opportunity to localize and adapt curriculum to their state standards, and students interests.

Creating Systems of Sustainability: Four Focus Areas for the Future of PK-12 Open Educational Resources

ISTE and New America with contributions from Dr. Kaitlin Torphy, Dr. Emily Hodges, Dr. Marcia Mardis, Dr. Serena Salloum, Dr. Susanna Benko, and Rebecca Morales.

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