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ICT Qualifications

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by kaitaz, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. kaitaz

    kaitaz New commenter

    I didn't say I was going to use 2003 with the pupils just that I am much more comfortable with that that 2010. There are too many menu bars with 2010 and everything takes me twice as long to complete simply because I know where everything is in 2003. I recognise that I will have to learn to use it if I have to teach it. I'm more concerned with which of the qualifications I should go with bearing in mind I am not an ICT expert. I can use Word, Publisher and PowerPoint confidently. I know some Excel and can create graphs with it but have never used Access. Neither do I know anything about manipulation of videos/sound or animation, nor (as I said before) any of the photo editing programs. With these limitations in mind what qualifications can I reasonably take the students through?
     
  2. Not being rude about you Kaitaz but your situation and the way that IT is approached in schools is deplorable.
    Did you know that only 35% of IT teachers have any kind of qual in IT?
    IT does not equal Office!! No wonder the students we receive at FE college are bored to tears.
    Thank goodness the government have taken notice of the industry at last and are bringing back computer science.
    I'm sure you'll do your best Kaitaz, but really it shouldn't be like this..
     
  3. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    Can I ask what your degree is in keirhlard
     
  4. kaitaz

    kaitaz New commenter

    I totally agree with you and to make matters worse I am primary trained. Unfortunately we are a very small school and cannot afford to take on specialised staff in all fields. Last year I taught entry level science. Luckily we have now have a science teacher so ICT is the next area to concentrate on. However as a non-specialist I need to be pointed in the right direction from those of you who have trained in this area. Like you say I will do my best - with a little help from my online colleagues
     
  5. I have a BSc in mathematics and an MSc in computational IT.
     
  6. tjra

    tjra Occasional commenter

    I can't work out if the original post is a joke...
     
  7. Kaitaz-your reply to my post was a little on the defensive side-remember that I can only go on what you write as I'm not a mind reader. To be honest with my advice, you might want to do entry level qualifications with your KS2 and poss KS3, but the KS4 cohort will need something more advanced and only you can decide if you feel comfortable teaching to that level. As a trained ICT teacher, it does saddened me to see the subject dumbed down somewhat, but I do understand your situation.
     

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