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ICT Teaching

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by Cayteeh, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Hi every one, I'm currently working in the public sector teaching ICT to adults and have recently applied for PGCE to teach ICT. I'd love to hear more about what the role of ICT school teacher is like, if any one would like to reply or also point me in the right direction? I've tried contacting a few local secondary schools, but not had a reply yet. I'm so keen to learn as much as I can and hopefully succeed in joining you all as an ICT teacher in the future!
     
  2. Hi every one, I'm currently working in the public sector teaching ICT to adults and have recently applied for PGCE to teach ICT. I'd love to hear more about what the role of ICT school teacher is like, if any one would like to reply or also point me in the right direction? I've tried contacting a few local secondary schools, but not had a reply yet. I'm so keen to learn as much as I can and hopefully succeed in joining you all as an ICT teacher in the future!
     
  3. You'll probably get a cynical tirade from one of the local troll types shortly whinging about OCR Nationals, Diplomas and such. But here is my honest opinion.


    Overall I love it. I love messing on with computers, I love the idea of people knowing more as they leave my classroom than they did before they came in and I really enjoy a lot of the interaction I have with pupils.


    BUT...


    ICT has, for a long time, been seen as 'office studies'. This means that while my IT degree featured programming, HTML, networking, Unix, etc. my first year in teaching what I thought was the same subject involved PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Access. With a bit of Frontpage.


    Since then ICT has gone much more multimedia, with web design, animation, image editing and so forth which is good, and I've learned a whole new set of skills. There is also more Computing creeping back in too which I think is great but some 'Office Studies' experts are finding quite challenging.


    The curriculum changes regularly. In 6 years I have worked towards about 14 different qualifications, plus the ever-changing KS3 topics. I don't mind this, in fact I get bored if I teach the same thing 3 years running. Imagine having that problem and teaching Pythagoras!


    There is the paperwork, the assessing, the hoop jumping, the target setting, the politics and everything else to deal with, but on the whole. I love it.


    Be aware that with recent changes to the apparent worthiness of ICT as a subject that jobs may be in short supply in some areas, but *good* ICT staff are generally hard to find. Good luck!
     
  4. It probably is one of the local troll types.
     
  5. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    Again a stunning display of not noting who posts what on the site. MyMouse - troll, Happypixie - good. Get a grip (did want to say "takes one to know one" - but didn't want to be accused of continuing a vendetta against you {in your own head maybe})
    To the OP,
    To answer you question you need to know that I trained as a Yr 5/6 primary teacher with ICT co-ordination as a specialty. However, after moving into the Secondary sector and moving to Essex (no jobs in Wales at the time) I can honestly say its the best move I ever made. I love my job, I love my kids, I love being a teacher.
    I hate the paperwork, I hate the lack of recognition for the work we do, I hate the way the Government / Ofsted change not only the rules and goalposts but the type of game we're playing in the middle of a teaching year.
    Don't be put off. If you believe you can help or make a difference to the kids go for it.
    And for those that laugh at that sentiment - look in the mirror, and ask why did you go into teaching? Was it to push paper around for SEFs? To needless fill in PM monitoring sheets? Then you should have been an administrator, not a teacher.
     
  6. In fairness I read that as "The OP is probably one of the local troll types / sock puppets / yada yada yada". And also, I may be short, but I'm not bloody pixie! ;-)
     
  7. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    Sorry about height issue, but as only 5" 7' myself and regularly being dwarfed by yr10s I know what you mean.
    As for the replies, humpty seems to think I have it in for them, when I've only been correcting the silly posts they put through. Perhaps I'm wrong, and if I am I unreservedly apologise
     
  8. I ost under one name, unlike you. Everything I write is correct and based on observation. Mr Gove knows that ICT in schools has been an appalling disaster. You've been found out.
     
  9. Thanks for your replies, I'd hoped that it would sound very similar to my current role and it does! (Regularly changing goal posts etc). I very much appreciate your opinions and love the banter - which is also very similar to my current workplace!
     
  10. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    Look, I know I should bite when a troll comes along but I just have to now. Oh yes, the last post is trolling as you seem to be under the illusion I am a MyMouse clone. I have used my picture (not a mouse or phalic stone statue, or similar), and those who read what I've posted will know (if they have bothered to remember - flattered if you have, but really...?) I'm Welsh, a late enterent, trained as KS2, moved to teach KS3-5, love my job, etc, etc. Not the sort of stuff a troller does. PS - go on, stick a photo into your avatar. Hell, if I can do it with my fat chin, what have you got to worry about?
     
  11. Colwyn is my mouse. And we love you for it. Whereas I am John brown's lovechild. if you don't laugh at all this trolling nonsense on this forum you would cry!
     
  12. Don't want to be accused of making any one cry but ... too many similarities ... I was born in Wales and I'm just about 5ft7. Used to being dwarfed as well - most of my students are over 5ft10!
     
  13. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    The chaffin heck I am!
    He works in Kent and I work in Essex!!
    And how is Dad? Chortle!
     
  14. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    That's racist and just plain nasty. [​IMG]
    Don't let me see you in public or I'll take my mining pick and attack your kneecaps [​IMG]
    However, nice to know people are looking over all my posts.[​IMG]
     
  15. Sorry - I didn't mean to offend you. [​IMG] I was picking up on words from all of the messages and referring to myself. faddau 'm (bit rusty, so hope I'm getting that right!).
     
  16. I hope you can afford to follow the course without the bursary. I reckon a lot of applicants this year will find it a tough time - or just amass even more debt of course.

    I only joined the forums today because I'm so angry with such a rapid goalpost movement.
    I know we should be used to it.
     
  17. I know what you mean - it is very frustrating. I had a feeling it might happen. Fingers crossed they don't reduce the course numbers too far and that we get offered places.
     
  18. Please specialise and offer something different. ICT is a very broad subject and is very office skills based however it is hard to find an excellent ICT teacher who knows their subject, can communicate, problem solve and do programming for example or is an advanced database user etc. A number of teachers that I have come into contact with (both in ICT and out) seem to think that ICT is all presentations, spreadsheets and word processing. It is not. Be aware- the government love changing the curriculum.
    If you are going to teach A Level then you definately need a USP (unique selling point). As an example one of my colleagues teaches programming and I do website/multimedia stuff- both of us can do the basics of each others area but not the advanced.
    Also remember that as you teach adults they want to be there and want to do well. Secondary school pupils do not want to be there, think they know it all already and will try and break things or touch each others computers without really thinking of the consequences.
    I hope you enjoy your PGCE teaching secondary ICT is truely great and you will never get bored!
     
  19. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    Dim prob bach, dwi'n dddim yn cyffroi, hwyl ydy'n o!
    And yes you did get it right. And yes I know what you mean by rusty - took me a while to work the mutation work. That's the problem growing up on the coast line of North Wales, we're not prif-iaith. Too many holiday makers too may retirees from the North West.
     
  20. Ddiolch! I'm also from that lovely Coastal area. Try to get there when I can but not as often as I'd like.
     

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