This video addresses TAS (Teaching assistants) and their experience of ICT. 'The Mouse doesn't bite is a very appropriate title for this film and represents the feeling among many TAS I meet.
In the 2007 NFER survey of Teachers ICT engagement and ICT skills, we read the following:
About two thirds of teachers felt that they have the skills and support to enable
them to use the technology that is available:
What a shame and what a missed opportunity when there are so many easy to use tools available for both IWB and computer based learning. For example: Education City, Clicker 5 , Maths Packs , 2 Simple Software ( and the list goes on)
- Typing or making word-processed versions of manuscript material and producing revisions of such versions.
- Word-processing, copying and distributing bulk communications, including standard letters, to parents and pupils.
- Producing class lists on the basis of information provided by teachers (teachers may need to be involved in allocating pupils to particular classes).
- Preparing, setting up and taking down classroom displays (teachers will still make decisions about what material should be displayed in their classrooms).
- Ordering, setting up and maintaining ICT equipment and software.
Within the video above, we see some of the above but alongside this the TA also:
- Using relevant software to support a child with special needs
- Training other TAs to create banners for display
- Researching websites for teachers and TAs to use in their lesson
- Using the IWB to teach
In Redbridge we are looking to design a long course for TAs, and I think the last four bulleted items seem to me to be the most exciting areas to focus on.
As ever I'd be grateful for any thoughts, criticism or feedback in general.