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PGCE students engage with digital literacy and overcome problems in their practice

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  • 1. Reflections on digital literacies and openness within professional practiceSarah Butler Sheffield Hallam University

2. The aims of the case study were to:- Invite students to reflect on digital literacyissues in their practice- Engage students in a discussion of digitalliteracy and open educational resources (OER)issues- Examine student beliefs and opinions aboutdigital literacy and OER- Encourage sharing of good practice withdigital technologies in a supportive context. 3. good pedagogicalpractice, technical skills andcontent knowledge, as well as anawareness of how these conceptsrelate to one another (Koehlerand Mishra 2009). 4. FOCUS GROUPStudents commented on difficulties in terms of access tocomputers and other technical equipment at their placementschools.Students were concerned with being able to keep up with thedigital expertise they believed their pupils possessed.Students viewed their pupils as digital natives for whomtechnology was part and parcel of their everyday lives andsocial interactions.Students were keen to take a creative approach towardsembedding digital literacy in their teaching practice. At thesame time, they were concerned with the restrictions involvedin teaching for an exam 5. CRITICAL ENQUIRIES1. How can digital technologies engage a year 7 class in creative writing?2. What limitations are involved when using digital technology within the English classroom?3. Exploring the role that technology would play in engaging students and enhancing learning in the English classroom 6. DIGITAL AGONY AUNTS 7. DIGITAL AGONY AUNTS 8. WRITTEN RESPONSES In terms of sharing resources, students brought up thefollowing issues: in general, they saw sharing of resources as an part oftheir professional identity; one of them commented: Youare sharing with kids all the time anyway they were already sharing resources via an informalFacebook group, which they set up for participants on thecourse; they were reluctant to share more widely for fear ofnegative feedback. They often searched for resources online but commentedon difficulties in finding resources appropriate to theirneeds and complained that very often resources would notbe described adequately in terms of level/provenance etc. 9. Opportunities to engage students through avariety of technologies - eg IWB, flip cams etcDigital literacy allows teachers to utilise a vastrange of creative pedagogical strategies toensure that their classroom is motivating andinclusive environment. 10. I think sharing resources should be imperativefor teachers as this process allows teachers tobe efficient and productive. I do not believethat teachers should re-use others reourceswithout adapting them for their own means asthey should be appropriate for the ability of aparticular class and the purpose of the lesson.I have shared my resources with my coursemates n a facebook group. I have also sharedthem with the department at my placementschool (on the mle) I did this because I useothers resources so I think it is fair to sharemyself 11. I feel good practice in teaching should beshared and not be for profit