The book focuses on aspects of ICT that Teaching Assistants (TAs) use in supporting learning across the curriculum and gives an overview of ICT as a subject, addressing some of the current issues. It includes advice on:
" using ICT to support writing and the acquisition of literacy skills;
" helping children to present information successfully, including the use of graphics, sound and cameras;
" supporting and developing electronic communication;
" ideas for working with control aspects of ICT;
" how ICT can enable children with SEN to access the curriculum.
The book suggests suitable games and packages to use to support various subjects, and also show how the TA can develop personal ICT skills that will support professional activities - such as record-keeping and presenting information to colleagues.
Examples from actual work done by TAs in schools are used throughout the book, and it is applicable to both Early Years and Primary settings.
Anyone studying for a Foundation Degree, or working towards HLTA status, will find the book meets their needs.
Min Wilkie is Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Educational Studies for Teaching Assistants at the University of Leicester.
Tricia Neal is an independent consultant and teaches ICT to Foundation Degree students at the University of Leicester.
Doug Dickinson is an independent ICT consultant and Lecturer at the University of Leicester, where he teaches ICT to Foundation Degree students.