Ask the teacher!

2013

Abstract

Ana J. Haugwitz

Mentoren: Bernhard Probst, Nadia Bader

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Ask the teacher! is a multimedia-based document that discusses the meaning of being digitally literate. Using the means of ICT (Internet and Communications Technologies) it explores some aspects of the chances of ICT use in the education system, the training of their own digital skills by teachers, their strategies to acquire them and to teach them, in other words the process of becoming digitally literate.

It was found that the motivation of many teachers to use ICT is personal enthusiasm for such tools and the objective to motivate their students to learn with engagement. Another result of this exploration is that their practice often is guided by try and error and not by scientific criteria. Scientifically guided projects are also mainly concerned with the use of the equipment and the adaption of software, while the aspects of security and the problematic sides of ICT use are mostly ignored.

The conclusion of the present research is that digital alphabetization, through the pedagogical use of ICT, is still in its beginning phase. Much more research and practice have to be developed in order to prepare and train teachers capable of forming self-motivated, emancipated and democratically participating students who dominate ICT.

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