Entry: Not ICT but Learning, Technology & Research Friday, October 16, 2009

A student writes: I have considered using classroom behaviour for my action inquiry as this would at least help me to get through the module, however, will this actually have any bearing on this counting as an ICT degree?

Let's deal with a bit at a time:

ICT degree - I think what the student means is that some of those taking the Learning, Technology and Research degree (BA LTR) hope to use it for a career as an ICT teacher. This is not the most straightforward route to take, as anyone who has asked about it will be aware. To claim that the Technology element is enough to support an application for training as an ICT teacher, students need to be able to demonstrate that 50% of the course is based in Technology. There are BA LTR graduates who have used the degree to get into teacher training, specialising in ICT, but there is no guarantee because of competition for places. Even if you had an A-Level in Computing and a degree in Computer Science, there would be no guarantee.

50% Technology - in order to claim that 50% of your course is technology, you would need to provide your own evidence. Past students have been able to emphasis the technology element by being able to show technology skills in: presentation of work in a range of media (web site, video, podcast); improving the provision of extracurricular activity in ICT (lunch or homework clubs); action inquiry into improving ICT training or support for colleagues;

The evidence I have not mentioned is introducing improvement in timetabled lessons, as this is not suited to staff who are not timetabled to teach ICT. Many BA LTR students who want to train as ICT teachers have few opportunities to carry out an action inquiry in the ICT classroom - after all, that is the ambition and not the reality.

Improving your management of pupils' behaviour as an action inquiry focus: This is a popular and a very fine choice, as anyone who works in a school will have ample opportunity to improve. It will be invaluable for anyone who works with children. It is up to individuals to consider how to develop ICT skills, perhaps through exploring different media in the presentation of the module portfolio. You can also explore what is available on the Internet to support professionals in the management of behaviour (online CPD?) and show that you understand that international comparisons may have value in developing behaviour management skills.

I hope this widens the horizons a little.

PS:The degree course has been renamed BA Hons Learning Through Technology for new students.


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