LearningWheel

The Teacher Trainee LearningWheel

A resource taken from our sister site the LearningWheel:

The Teacher Trainee LearningWheel was commissioned and ‘Captained’ by Kelly Davey Nicklin.

Kelly agreed to write a blog about her experience…

Kelly Davey Nicklin – @KellyDNicklin
Senior Lecturer in Music Education and Post-Compulsory Education and Training
Birmingham City University

‘Captaining’ a LearningWheel was a very useful experience – it was great to collaborate with other teacher educators across the country (and indeed the world!) about a really important issue for us at the moment in teacher education (as identified in the recent FELTAG report): the effective use of digital learning resources in further education. We got our PGCE PCET trainees involved in the creation of the LearningWheel too – in one of our lectures the trainees worked in groups to identify the types of digital learning resources they had been using whilst on placements and these ideas were then added to our Learning Wheel.

Once the LearningWheel had been published I quickly realised that this would make an excellent resource for our trainees to use to support their Professional Development Profile. All trainees on the PGCE PCET course at BCU are assessed in line with the Education and Training Foundation’s 20 Professional Standards. Standard 15* makes explicit reference to the use of technology in teaching and learning and several of my trainees were struggling to be creative in their use of technology and digital learning resources. Therefore, I printed a copy of the Learning Wheel for each trainee (as well as providing a link to the digital copy) and we dedicated time in a lecture to looking at the LearningWheel and annotating it to identify:

  1. Types of digital resources the trainees had already used
  2. Types of digital resources that the trainees were familiar with but had not used to support
  3. Types of digital resources that the trainees had never encountered before

All trainees identified a few digital resources that they would then try out over the next few weeks whilst on placement – they selected at least one resource that they were already familiar with but had not used to support teaching and learning and they also selected at least one that was totally new to them.

As a result of using the Learning Wheel our trainees were able to become more creative practitioners in using digital learning resources to support teaching and learning. We also found that the grades that trainees were achieving for Professional Standard 15* improved and the LearningWheel also provided some great evidence for the trainees’ Professional Development Profiles.

* ETF Professional Standard 15) Promote the benefits of technology and support learners in its use

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One of Kelly’s students also agreed to write about her experience too…

Laura-May Tovey
PGCE PCET Trainee
Birmingham City University

I am a trainee teacher who has dyslexia and I find the LearningWheel a useful resource to support my teaching practice because it is very visual. I also struggle with my memory and so having the LearningWheel as a reference tool was very helpful during my teacher training. Recently I have introduced and used ‘Trello’ in some of my classes – an idea I took from a LearningWheel based on using digital resources in further education. The layout of ‘Trello’ helps my autistic learners with structure and it supports my whole class in collaborating with each other. I also used Padlet and Kahoot as a result of using the LearningWheel.

During my teaching practice I was worried about how I could make effective use of technology within my teaching practice. We are assessed on our PGCE PCET course at Birmingham City.

University based on the Education and Training Foundation’s Professional Standards and Standard 15 makes specific reference to technology. I found that colleagues around me (and myself) tended to take technology for granted and I also found that I was risk averse and tended to stick with technology that I was familiar with. This is why the Learning Wheel was useful to me – it introduced me to different types of digital learning resources to support both myself and my learners.

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Thank you Kelly and Laura May for writing about your LearningWheel experience. Its with thanks to you, your students and other teacher training specialist collaborators within the LW community that we have yet another practical guide to using a range of digital resources in Teacher Trainee subject area.

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Author: Deborah Millar

Head of eLearning @bbcollege. Passionate about technology enhanced learning and student led learning. @LearningWheel creator. @the DigiPals founder. Creative thinker, adventurous, learning to snowboard... badly ;/