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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.

Chapter 7: Personal Digital Literacies Versus Classroom Literacies: Investigating Pre-Service Teachers' Digital Lives in and Beyond the Classroom

Personal Digital Literacies Versus Classroom Literacies: Investigating Pre-Service Teachers' Digital Lives in and Beyond the Classroom
Personal digital literacies versus classroom literacies: Investigating pre-service teachers' digital lives in and beyond the classroom
CathyBurnett

Over recent years, there has been much policy rhetoric associated with educational transformation. Digital technology (referred to as ‘technology’ here) has been seen as key to transforming education through enabling new relationships between teachers and learners and allowing learners to take more control of their own learning process (BECTa, 2006; 2007). While the implications of such transformation for practice are not well defined (see Burnett et al., 2005), it would seem that the interactions that happen through and around digital texts may be significant in achieving this kind of transformation.

Various commentators (Green and Bigum, ...

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