Creating Teachers’ Digital Toolboxes through Modeling: Lessons Learned from Technology Rich Teacher Education Classrooms
READ: An Online Journal for Literacy Educators
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From sending texts around the world to following Snapchats from traveling celebrities, humans are more globally-connected than ever before. Interactions around the world that seemed impossible 20 years ago are now literally at our fingertips. Due to the increases in technology, education can no longer be seen as an entity unique to individual countries but rather, an integrated system of cross-cultural societies. With these shifts comes changes to education. Students learn through technology and teachers must adapt their instruction to best fit their students’ needs. As a result, teacher education must become more focused and deliberate about preparing future and current teachers to utilize technology effectively. Linking digital literacies with modeling, we include two perspectives on integrating technology into teacher education. The first perspective is from a former middle school teacher who now instructs preservice teachers, while the second perspective is from a former K-12 teacher who now primarily instructs in-service teachers seeking graduate degrees or additional training. After reflecting on the two experiences, we summarize lessons learned and provide recommendations to other literacy teacher educators.
technology integration, Strategies for technology instruction, Teacher education, Sociocognitive theory, Self-directed learning
Hodges, T. S.,
Scott, C. E.
Creating Teachers’ Digital Toolboxes through Modeling: Lessons Learned from Technology Rich Teacher Education Classrooms.
READ: An Online Journal for Literacy Educators, 2(3),