Making connections: Equipping the next generation of teachers for educational technology use
Abstract: During the keynote speech, Jo Tondeur and Sarah Howard will explore how to successfully develop teachers’ digital competencies, how this relates to individual characteristics, such as pedagogical beliefs, and the connection to educational institutional culture and change. A central theme of the talk will be: how can useful connections be made between research and practice, to inform digital technology use across levels of education and competing agendas, and to equip our next generation of teachers for technology integration? Using a new approach, they will employ artefacts to explore digital competencies in teacher training. Practical strategies to develop connections and digital competencies to support digital technology integration in teaching practice for continuity, creativity and change, will be discussed.