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Research Brief;13-005
This study examined the information and communications technology (ICT) ownership, usage and competencies of the new generation of Singapore preservice teachers who were born and had grown up in the Digital Age, roughly after 1980. This project surveyed preservice teachers at the National Institute of Education and interviewed volunteers who were also asked to keep a journal reflecting their ICT-related activities and thinking to provide further insight. Data analysis shows that they had good access to mainstream ICT devices such as computers and mobile phones. The lack of homogeneity with regard to ICT experiences, competencies and improvement was identified. The majority of pre-service teachers were found competent in using the core applications, including email, chatting, searching for information online and frequently for entertainment, using productivity tools, communication and socialization rather than for study and work. And they remained passive consumers instead of active creators of digital content.
This brief was based on the project OER 21/08 CWL: Pre-service Teachers in a Ubiquitous Computing Environment One-to-One Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).
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