WEB 2.0 TOOLS IN TEACHER TRAINING DEGREES
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN11 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:Digital competence has become one of the most important skills to be developed in order to understand the so-called Knowledge Society. As far as this type of literacy is concerned, future teachers need to understand the pedagogical basis and didactical uses apart from the instrumental use of these web 2.0 tools to deal with the changes arising from the Education Systems’ transformation. Teacher Training students though have to integrally achieve all the digital competence’s dimensions answering in addition to the requirements demanded by the newly implemented European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
This paper will therefore detail the web 2.0 tools training process carried out in the Teacher Training Degree offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Education of Mondragon Unibertsitatea (HUHEZI) together with some data collected from a questionnaire fill in by the students at the beginning of the degree and a second questionnaire designed ad-hoc after carrying out the training process. The aim of the questionnaires is to gather students’ perception towards the above mentioned tools.
The article firstly introduces a conceptual definition of the digital competence and describes the process in which future teachers are trained in emergent tools. The training is focused on web 2.0 tools such as Google Applications and social bookmarking, and on audiovisual products’ analysis and productions. After the contextualization, the paper recollects and analyses the data obtained from both questionnaires. Finally, some conclusions are also drawn opening new research lines.
Keywords: Digital competence, EHEA, web 2.0, initial teacher training.