Teachers’ digital technology use after a period of online teaching

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Abstract

This article reports on a study that investigated primary-school English-language teachers’ use of digital technologies in their in-person classrooms after a period of online teaching necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also explored the perceived effects the period of online teaching had on the teachers’ practices. Data were collected through in-depth interviews with sixteen experienced
Hong Kong primary-school English-language teachers approximately one year after they returned to in-person teaching. The findings suggest that the period of online teaching has led to a greater utilization of technology for teaching.
In addition, they suggest digital technologies are now embedded in teachers’ regular teaching practices, with the digital technologies adopted primarily those that enhance existing practices. Common digital technologies include: (1) learning management systems; (2) digital noticeboards; (3) interactive digital worksheets and quizzes; and (4) interactive presentation software. Examples
of how teachers use digital technologies, and considerations for their use, are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalELT Journal
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jan 2023

User-Defined Keywords

  • digital technology
  • English language teaching
  • COVID-19
  • young learners

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