Facebook, blogs, texts, computer games, instant messages… The ways in which we make meanings and engage with each other are changing. Are you a student teacher trying to get to grips with these new digital technologies? Would you like to find ways to make use of them in your classroom?
Digital technologies are an everyday part of life for students and this book explores the ways in which they can be used in schools. The authors provide insight into the research on digital technologies, stressing its relevance for schools, and suggest ways to develop new, more relevant pedagogies, particularly for social learning, literacy, and literate practices. With a practical focus, the examples and issues explored in this book will help you to analyze your own practice and to carry out your own small-scale research projects.
Explaining the theoretical issues and demonstrating their practical implementation, this topical book will be an essential resource to new student teachers in undergraduate and PGCE courses, and those returning to graduate study.
Part C: Changing Literacies, Changing Pedagogies
The research in this section focuses specifically on teacher education. The preparation of the next generation of classroom teachers and leaders must include direct engagement with digital technologies, digital texts and the literacies associated with them. Importantly, these engagements should take place according to the pedagogic model of a learning community that works collaboratively to generate new knowledge. These three chapters report on research in tertiary undergraduate programmes where student-teachers are in training to enter the profession. The chapters set out the parameters of an important, and pending, debate about preparing teachers for the pedagogical work required to productively engage students with changing literacies.[Page 114]