Multiple Purposes and Digital Literacy: Analyzing Pre-Service Teachers’ Use of Instructional Technology

ID: 50648 Type: Full Paper
  1. Todd Cherner, Portland State University, United States
  2. Kristal Curry, Coastal Carolina University, United States

Tuesday, March 7 3:30 PM-4:00 PM Location: Bickler View on map

Presider: Brian Kinghorn, Marshall University, United States

Abstract: The call for teachers to use technology to increase students’ digital literacy skills is becoming a national initiative. To support this initiative, two researchers conducted a case study to understand how pre-service teachers were using technology during their student-teaching internship. Drawing from three data sources – lesson plans, observations, and a questionnaire – the researchers identified themes related to how the pre-service teachers used technology. Examples of these themes include the pre-service teachers’ preference for technologies that served multiple purposes and an increase in complexity when using technologies in the classroom. The study concludes with four ideas for teacher educators to consider when developing pre-service teachers’ use of technology.


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