ICT Literacy in Teacher Education

Compiled by Dr. Lesley Farmer, California State University Long Beach



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  • Adler, R. F., & Kim, H. (2018). Enhancing future k-8 teachers’ computational thinking skills through modeling and simulations. Education and Information Technologies, 23(4), 1501–1514.

    Arbogast, M. A. (2019). Immersive technologies in preservice teacher education: The impact of augmented reality in project-based teaching and learning experiences (Order No. 27602761). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection. (2323128196).

    Ardley, J., & Repaskey, L. (2019). Video annotated technology: Exploring teacher candidates’ adaptation to a new tool in student teaching. Journal of Educational Technology, 16(2), 35–49.

  • Buabeng-Andoh, C. (2012). Factors influencing teachers’ adoption and integration of information and communication technology into teaching: A review of the literature. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, 8(1), 136-155.

  • Chai, C., Koh, J., & Tsai, C. (2010). Facilitating preservce teachers’ development of technology, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK). Educational Technology & Society, 13(4), 63-73.
  • Cherner, T., & Curry, K. (2017). Enhancement or transformation? A case study of preservice teachers’ use of instructional technology. Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 17(2).

    Durusoy, O., & Karamete, A. (2017). Learning by design and technology integration processes of teacher candidates. Recent Developments in Education, 407-416.

    Forkosh-Baruch, A., & Avidow-Ungar, O. (2019). ICT implementation in colleges of education: A framework for teacher educators. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 18, 207-229.

  • Fu, J. S. (2013). ICT in education: A critical literature review and its implications. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, 9(1), 112-125.
  • Gill, L., Dalgarno, B., & Carlson, L. (2015). How Does Pre-Service Teacher Preparedness to Use ICTs for Learning and Teaching Develop through Their Degree Program?. Australian Journal Of Teacher Education, 40(1).
  • Gruszczynska, A., Merchant, G., & Pountney, R. (2013). "Digital Futures in Teacher Education": Exploring Open Approaches towards Digital Literacy. Electronic Journal Of E-Learning, 11(3), 193-206.
  • Haydn, T. (2014). How do you get pre-service teachers to become ‘good at ICT’ in their subject teaching? The views of expert practitioners. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 23(4), 455-469.
  • Herlo, D. (2016). IT tools in initial teacher training. International Association for Development of the Information Society, 1. 

    Huffman, N. S. (2017). Technology and preservice teacher education: A mixed-methods study of technology integration by arts and sciences faculty into secondary education content courses [ProQuest Information & Learning]. In Dissertation Abstracts International Section A: Humanities and Social Sciences (Vol. 78, Issue 2–A(E)).

    Instefjord, E. J., & Munthe, E. (2017). Educating digitally competent teachers: A study of integration of professional digital competence in teacher education. Teaching and Teacher Education, 67, 37-45.

  • Karenti, T., Dumouchel, G., & Collin, S. (2014). Overview of the levels of ICT and information literacy skills in Canada’s preservice teachers. International Journal of Computers and Technology. 13(11), 5121-5125.
  • Khine, M. S., Ali, N., & Afari, E. (2017). Exploring relationships among TPACK constructs and ICT achievement among trainee teachers. Education and Information Technologies, 22(4), 1605–1621.
  • Kovalik, C., Jensen, M. L., Schloman, B., & Tipton, M. (2011). Information literacy, collaboration, and teacher education. Communications in Information Literacy, 4(2), 145-169.[]=Vol4-2010AR6
  • Laherto, A., & Laherto, J. (2018). Video-mediated physics instruction from preservice teachers to elementary students: Experiences and reflections. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 34(2), 103–114.

    Mason, S. L., & Rich, P. J. (2019). Preparing elementary school teachers to teach computing, coding, and computational thinking. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 19(4).

    Merry, R. (2017). Teacher education ICT appropriation model TEAM: A model for ICT appropriation in early childhood initial teacher education (Doctoral dissertation, University of Waikato).

  • Milton, M., & Vozzo, L. (2013). Digital literacy and digital pedagogies for teaching literacy: Pre-service teachers’ experience on teaching rounds. Journal of Literacy and Technology, 14(1), 72-97.
  • Mirzajani, H., Mahmud, R., Ayub, A. F. M., & Luan, W. S. (2015). A review of research literature on obstacles that prevent use ofICT in pre-service teachers' educational courses. International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, 3(2), 25-31.
  • Reeves, T. D., & Honig, S. L. (2015). A classroom data literacy intervention for pre-service teachers. Teaching and Teacher Education, 50, 90-101.
  • Shepherd, C. E., Dousay, T., Kvenild, C., & Meredith, T. (2015). Fostering technology-rich service-learning experiences between school librarians and teacher education programs. Knowledge Quest, 44(2), 44-47.
  • Shin, S. (20150. Teaching critical, ethical and safe use of ICT in pre-service teacher education. Language Learning & Technology, 19(1), 181-197.
  • Stebick, D. M., Wertzberger, J. L., Flora, M. E., & Miller, J. W. (2015). Breathing life into information literacy skills: Results of a faculty-librarian collaboration. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 8(1).
  • Stockham, M., & Collins, H. (2012). Information literacy skills for preservice teaches: Do they transfer to K-12 classrooms? Education Libraries, 35(1-2), 59-72.
  • Tondeur, J., Aesaert, K., Prestridge, S., & Consuegra, E. (2018). A multilevel analysis of what matters in the training of pre-service teacher's ICT competencies. Computers & Education, 122,32-42.

    Trainin, G., Friedrich, L., & Deng, Q. (2018). The impact of a teacher education program redesign on technology integration in elementary preservice teachers. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 18(4).

    Vasinda, S., Ryter, D. A., Hathcock, S., & Wang, Q. (2017). Access is not enough: A collaborative autoethnographic study of affordances and challenges of teacher educators’ iPad integration in elementary education methods courses. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 17(3).

  • Vekiri, I. (2014). Teacher preparation for educational technology. In Research on e-learning and ICT in education (pp. 245-261). New York: Springer.
  • Zhang, Z. (2014). Teaching ICT to pre-service teachers: Experiences and reflections. LEARNing Landscapes, 8(1), 323-337.
  • Zoellner, B., & Cavanaugh, T. (2017). Enhancing preservice science teachers’ use of text through e-readers. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), 17(4).


  • Assign an entire class to conduct an investigation of a particular topic (e.g., achievement gap) from its treatment in the popular media, and then trace its origin in conversations among scholars and researchers. 
  • Have students select a seminal work on a topic (e.g., constructivism) and then identify sources that preceded and continued the conversation, analyzing the impact of the seminal work on the field. 
  • Create a timeline to track the evolving threads of a continuing scholarly conversation on a teacher education topic (e.g., mainstreaming). 
  • Select a topic on which students have some knowledge or experience. Identify a venue (blog, discussion forum, other social media site) in which a scholarly conversation is taking place (e.g., Common Core State Standards). Ask students to identify key players and their perspectives. Compare a related scholarly article by one of the players to the online conversation Consider how to involve themselves in the conversation.
  •  A researcher/guest speaker attends the class and describes a research project from conception to conclusion (e.g., site action research). Students attempt to diagram the steps reflected in the description, and then work with the speaker to develop a robust conception of the process (recognizing that the process varies from project to project and researcher to researcher). Students then journal about how their research process relates to that of the researcher, and what changes they might make in order to attempt more authentic, knowledge-generating research experiences. 
  • Provide students with two different information types (with two different goals) on the same topic by the same unnamed authoritative creator/author (for example, scholarly article and blog post). Use sources as discussion starters with students about context in relationship to authority. Reveal authorship later in discussion. 
  • Ask students to find several scholarly sources on the same topic (e.g., bilingualism) that take very different stands. How was it that the authors came to different conclusions? Does it have to do with authority? 
  • Ask students to create a citation "web" using a citation analysis database, and conduct a content analysis of the linked authors by affiliation (workplace, academic preparation, geography, subject expertise). Do authors cite each other? Are there some authors who are outliers in the web? How do such connections impact information generation?   
  • Assign students to identify several different applicable information sources in different formats that might be used to help teach a specific content. Ask them to explain the unique values of each in terms of learning. 
  • Ask students to transform an instructional aid they have created in one format to another format (e.g., PowerPoint to an infographic), and to write a reflection on what they needed to consider as they went through the process. 
  • Ask students to brainstorm possible sources that might have relevant information about lesson planning. What tools will they need to locate those resources? 
  • Ask students to identify two relevant databases for the project they are working on, and analyze why they consider them to be an effective resource for their research. Ask them to research the same topic in the two databases, and compare the process and resuits. 
  • Ask students to choose a topic, develop key terms to search with, and use two different search engines to locate information on their topic. Have them compare the results in terms of quantity, types of sources (e.g., government, educational, scholarly, commercial), order/sequence of results, and relevance. Pair students who used the same search engine with different topics to compare results. 
  • Ask students to write an I-Search paper on a teacher education issue (e.g., art in STEM), whereby they journal their searching processes, including key terms, tools used, and resources/results at each step. They should note how they evaluated their resources, and what information was extracted. Their journal should also reflect their feelings: success, concern, frustration, pride, etc. Pair up students, and ask them to read and comment on each other's journal, and then draw up conclusions and recommendations for their peers. 
  • Ask students to use the National Center for Education Statistics ( to form and answer a research question about education (e.g., Is there a correlation between NAEP scores and teacher-student ratio). 
  • Ask students to explore digital storytelling as a way to instruct, and as a way for children to demonstrate knowledge. 
  • Ask students to create a screencast about an online assessment tool.
  •  Ask students to locate TV or film clips that illustrate effective and ineffective teaching techniques, and then give a media review/critique explaining their observations and implications. 
  • Ask students to create a Public Service Announcement about some action that parents can do to help their children succeed academically (e.g., read daily, practice safe habits online, manage time). 
  • Ask students to create a video about parent involvement. 
  • Ask students to create a graphic novel about teacher-student interaction. 
  • Ask students to identify a population with special needs (e.g., middle schoolers with hearing impairments) , and create a database of appropriate software.