Future Educators’ Explaning Voices
So that future educators are able to elaborate a professional identity which encompasses the pedagogical uses of technology among their range of ordinary duties, their educators should provide them with an environment that favors enough flexibility to self expression and serve as a meta-exercise, through which future educators can elaborate new appreciations of the role of teachers and the purposes of education in the digital age. Guiding students in the understanding of their own voices can be an exercise that leads to the development of a more critical and reflexive professional identity.
Higher education professionals and researchers should not take for granted that as students live surrounded by technology, using them on a daily basis, they should have favorable perceptions on their educational use. Whatever level of familiarity future educators have with technology when they come to the university, they also bring some preconceptions and misconceptions on what literacy means and on what are the means of literacy. It is important to bridge students’ previous knowledge, which is both technical but also philosophical, regarding technologies to richer levels of understanding of the role of twentieth first century educators. Podcasts seem to offer a tool just as good to build such a bridge.
de Oliveira, J., Buenestado, P. & Camacho, M. (2013). Future Educators’ Explaning Voices. In Proceedings of IADS Mobiles Learning. (pp. 143-147). Lisboa: IADIS.
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