Trainee teachers get tech training at USW

Lecturer Mathew Pullen and student Tom Harries during the special two-day digital teaching event.

Lecturer Mathew Pullen and student Tom Harries during the special two-day digital teaching event.

TRAINEE teachers at the University of South Wales (USW) have been learning special skills to pass on to the next generation of schoolchildren.

At a two-day training event at USW’s Newport Campus - held in conjunction with Belfast-based training company iTeach UK - 86 third-year BA Primary Studies with QTS students were given training in the latest digital developments for teachers.

The event also gave current teachers at USW’s partner schools a look at technological developments in education, which supported them with their CPD efforts.

Led by USW teaching lecturer Mathew Pullen, who is an Apple Education Trainer, the students were given a detailed understanding of how computer coding and other digital skills will become increasingly vital for both teachers and the schoolchildren. 

“Advances in technology have meant that teachers have to be at the cutting edge when it comes to understanding modern technology, and be able to use those skills in the classroom,” Mr Pullen said.

“The event wasn’t just about teaching them how to use modern hardware such as iPads and apps, but the methods that are used to bring those systems to life for the eager young ‘digital natives’ who are now working their way through the school system.

“That way, we give the students a real understanding of the systems, and ensure we match up to the requirements of the Welsh Government’s Digital Competence Framework (DCF), which is designed to ensure our children have an understanding of the technology of the modern day.”

Teacher training student Tom Harries, 23, from Barry, said: “These sessions give us the confidence to incorporate the DCF into our lessons and how to ensure the children can learn the skills they will need in future.

“It’s been really useful and has given us a great understanding of what the benefits of technology can be for both us students and the pupils.”

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