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.

Digital Portraits: Teacher Education and Multiliteracies Pedagogy

Digital Portraits: Teacher Education and Multiliteracies Pedagogy

Digital portraits: Teacher education and multiliteracies pedagogy

Introduction: Digital Literacies and Student-Teachers

Over the past twenty years, educators and policy-makers across developed and developing nations have witnessed and unevenly grappled with the rapid development of digital technologies, including the expansion of the internet and Web 2.0 technologies, wireless connectivity, and the development of computer applications and hardware that have simplified the construction of multimodal texts and interaction. Research exploring the impact of such technologies in relation to literacy education has been growing exponentially, and there are now substantial accounts of how some systems and individual educators are responding to the demands and challenges within schools and classrooms (see for example, Alvermann et al., 2006; Durrant and Beavis, 2001; Evans, 2005; ...

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