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ICT student teacher

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by D_chap, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Hi all,

    I start my Secondary PGCE in ICT this week. I was wondering if there are any useful websites or books anyone can refer me to for KS3 and KS4? I want to get a head start on the course!

    Thank you.
  2. Hi all,

    I start my Secondary PGCE in ICT this week. I was wondering if there are any useful websites or books anyone can refer me to for KS3 and KS4? I want to get a head start on the course!

    Thank you.
  3. catch222

    catch222 New commenter

    Possibly asking this question a week before starting would be useful!
    Google Teach ICT.com =- that's a great place to start.
    Everything in ICT is completely up in the air at the moment, which is a pain and means the future of the subject is quite vague.
  4. There is still time to change to a subject where you might have some future such as Maths - get in there and sort it now.
  5. Hi and welcome.
    I'm an ICT NQT and like you was very excited at starting my course. I would have suggested looking at stuff before you started the course as you will have very little time from now on!
    Not sure where you are training but NTU gave us a very comprehensive reading list with our acceptance.
    I can highly recommend the Mott and Rendell books for KS4 Excel and Access as a lot of schools use that (both of my placement schools and the school I am at now).
    Other than that TBH use the web as it's a lot cheaper plus you never know what the schools have. Adobe is expensive but good Serif is cheap and cheerful but both bits of software need to be learned. You can get some free software from Serif off their site.
    There are some great resources on here - djphillips does a lot of video stuff which is really good as it not only shows you things but allows you to "hear a teacher speak" giving you ideas about the subject.

    Teach-ict is also used by schools so yep great.
    As for the last comment - your PGCE teaches you to teach and ICT is your specialist subject. It may be worth having another subject up your sleeve say maths or business studies, media studies etc as ICT jobs are scarce and not as in demand as the TDA would like to make out. Plus there is the uncertainty too.
    Good luck, look after yourself, take breaks and enjoy.

  6. Hi Kim, Thank you for your message. I have been preparing for the course for around 6 months now but thought i'd ask for some last minute websites/books i could be reading in the near future to help me with the course.
    I have both adobe and serif packages installed on my laptop. My subject knowledge is fine, I am worried however about education theory side of the course! I have read the national strategy for ICT KS3 and 4, getting the *** to behave amongst other ICT books. I will look into rendell and mott book - what is the book called btw? I've also used websites such as TES and teach ict for resources etc.
    I am a little concerned about the future of ICT and it seems a little vague atm until the curriculum changes. When I read the forums it does seem very doom and gloom with jobs and prospects, however i'm hoping once i've finished my course i'll go on supply or find a full time role either at KS3+4 and KS5 at A level.
  7. tjra

    tjra Occasional commenter

    ...when are you retiring? You seem to be going into Grumpy Old Man a lot earlier than needed!

    On topic, textbooks go out of date very quickly in ICT. You'd be much better looking at stuff online. In addition to those listed, I like gr82bgeeky.
  8. Please stop the prattle trattle.

    It's not grumpy to tell it how it is.

    If I were starting out in this profession again, I wouldn't dream of doing ICT; it's no good standing on the deck of the Titanic telling people it's all going to be ok. Didn't work 100 years ago and sure as Hell ain't going to now.

    The chance of getting a job recedes by the week and it isn't nice to depict the situation any other way; in fact it's bloody selfish and cruel.

    Please OP, think about it and if you have another choice take it.
  9. I'm very sorry to say that I agree. I would not advise anyone to go into ICT teaching at this stage. If there's anything at all you can teach, do that instead.

    In a few years, when people realise that teaching every pupil computer science just isn't going to work, and the lost generation hits the workforce with no decent ICT skills, there may then arise a demand for ICT again. If you're in teaching you will have those skills and will be well in demand.

    I'm getting out just as you're getting in, and nothing would persuade me to stay.
  10. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    Oh I don't know there as many ICT jobs roughly as those in geography history business etc... Anything that is not core seems to have about the same numbers of posts going. Sure not seeing the numbers of a couple of years ago but there's still posts to go for. Mind you there are 5 or 6 times as many maths posts......
  11. My father told me 25 years ago to do Comp Sci and Maths PGCE ; there'll always be a job for Maths teachers. He was right.

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