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Teacher education is investing in digital literacy

Published: 8 April 2016

Computers, apps and easier programming tools. Teacher education at Luleå University of Technology is at the forefront when it comes to digital literacy. The aim is that digitization will go like a red thread through the entire program in order to strengthen future teachers.

- Digital literacy is, and will continue to be a very important tool for practicing teachers. We at Luleå University of Technology has come a long way in this work and is definitely in the forefront compared to other universities, says Maria Johansson, senior lecturer at the university.

Strengthening digital literacy

Maria Johansson and Märtha Andersson teach in teacher education at the university, and since the fall of 2015, they are also involved in the project Datalogiskt tänkande och skaparkultur i lärarutbildningen för framtidens lärande. The goal is to strengthen digital literacy and create makerspace culture of the university. Bringing programming, apps and other forms of digital tools in teaching has been considerably easier than they first thought.

- We have actually taken it a few steps further than we first thought possible, and unlike many other teacher training, we do so in separate courses, but it permeates the entire training, says Maria Johansson.

- Students have been participating in workshops and coursework has been adapted for a variety of digital tools. It has been really challenging and I have only received positive feedback from the students. It feels like we are right in time and for future teachers digital literacy will be a necessity, says Märtha Andersson, senior lecturer at Luleå University.

Requires an open mind

The project began in the fall of 2015 and concludes in October 2016. But the project end should not mean an end to the work on digital literacy, in the future the participants hope that it will become a natural part of teacher education.

- I hope that this project can produce a vision of future of learning and that all teachers at teacher training are working towards the same goal and that we have a common thread when it comes to digital literacy. It will become a natural part of teaching, says Maria Johansson and Märtha Andersson adds.

- All it takes is an open mind and the courage to see the benefits.