How do student teachers learn professional digital competence?
Abstract: Students entering the teaching profession need to develop professional digital competencies to teach in a digitally infused education system. This paper explores what student teachers self-learn and what needs to be taught in initial teacher education programmes in course work or on school placement. A mixed method approach was implemented with data gathered through focus group interviews and surveys of elementary and high school student teachers and their teacher educators. The results indicate three sites of learning with regards the use of digital technologies: student teachers are predominantly self-taught; their teacher education courses introduce them to technologies and they learn how to use educational technologies when on school placements. The implications are that student teachers do not need to be taught how to use most technologies, they do however, need to learn what educational technologies to use and how to make decisions about technology use in their initial teacher education programmes.