Culturally Relevant Teaching for the 21st Century
The Success and Challenges of Pre-Service Teachers When Using Technology in Critical Ways
Keywords:technology integration, culturally relevant teaching, preservice teachers
This case study examined pre-service teachers' use of technology as they implemented culturally relevant literacy lessons while tutoring elementary students in their field placement sites. As we enter a new decade, we want our students to be future-ready with technology skills. Here, we present an examination of how pre-service teachers integrated culturally relevant teaching with technology along with a discussion of the tools and devices their students used. Findings provided evidence that as pre-service teachers experienced authentic and engaging learning experiences within a supportive space, they emerged equipped to teach in culturally responsive ways that supported student learning and deeper levels of engagement. The implication for practice is for community-engaged teacher preparation models to focus on shaping prospective teachers' orientation toward culturally relevant teaching so that they build learning experiences around students' lives in engaging multiple, multimodal, and multifaceted ways.