Humphrey, M., Lowenthal, P., Conley, Q., & Lowenthal, A. (2019). Secondary special education teachers digital literacy: Identifying professional development needs within a curriculum. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education international conference (pp. 2124-2129). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
After the development of a curriculum designed for secondary students with exceptionalities on 21st century digital literacy skills, the development team discovered a critical need to increase secondary special education teachers comfort levels with their own digital literacy skills and their ability to incorporate technology in their instructional practices. A survey was developed and administered across the state to secondary special education teachers to discover their comfort levels with their digital literacy skills, the need for digital literacy skills with their students and how to best facilitate the development of these skills within their instructional practices. The results of this study will be used to develop a professional development program to work in tandem with the College and Career Prep Digital Literacies Training curriculum to best assist instructors and their students when pursuing post-secondary outcomes.
Keywords: digital literacy, secondary, special education, professional development