It’s great to see that some PGCE students are being encouraged to use web based tools. During my own training only last year ICT was presented in a very Web 1.0 way. I think this was partly because many of the students did not appear confident even with that use of technology. However, I would argue that Web 2.0 tools are closer to those that people use in their everyday lives than ‘educational technologies’ such as interactive whiteboards and virtual learning environments. I would urge all trainee teachers to get on the web, get some ideas, and give them a go. After all, shouldn’t your training really about experimenting and exploring what works for you as a teacher? Unfortunately, due to the pressure of constant assessments and the model of measuring up to rigid standards rather than reflectively developing own practice, trying forward thinking approaches on placement can be difficult.
It’s great to see some trainees really diving in headfirst.