Only one ipad: Preparing pre-service teachers to teach digital literacies in under-resourced elementary schools

Chrystine Mitchell, Jennifer Dandridge Turner

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Purpose – To offer teacher educators a multi-modal approach to include teaching digital literacy practices to pre-service teachers in order to meet the diverse needs of elementary students. Approach – The chapter is organized by: a) describing inequities and challenges in teacher education regarding teaching digital literacies; b) presenting concrete practices that help foster digital literacy practices in class classrooms; and c) providing resources and reflective opportunities that support pre-service teachers in critically assessing technology’s affordances and constraints for literacy learning. Findings – Evidence-based multimodal practices and artifacts used in teacher education classrooms are provided to illustrate how they can foster meaningful experiences with all students across all settings. Similarly, educational scholars in the field of incorporating digital literacies are identified. Practical Implications – This chapter describes practical examples from the everyday literacies of pre-service teachers and elementary students, including apps, websites, tools, and approaches, that foster meaningful experiences with digital literacies. In addition, practical discussions identify strategies that pre-service teachers can use when their internship experience conflicts with methods course content. Research limitations/implications – The strategies presented in this chapter are based on research and practice, but they focus on elementary pre-service teachers; however, secondary pre-service teacher educators could make adaptations for their learners. Originality/value of paper – This chapter provides relevant evidence-based information about preparing pre-service teachers to enact digital literacy practices that help K-12 students to think critically, analyze content, and participate fully in 21st century digital cultures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLiteracy Research, Practice and Evaluation
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameLiteracy Research, Practice and Evaluation
ISSN (Print)2048-0458
ISSN (Electronic)2048-0466

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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