At last there are some great titles for using emerging web technologies in the primary classroom! I have been suggestive, for a number of years, about the great opportunities for using Web 2 in the primary setting. However, there has been some resistance, especially from LAs that manage schools web access. My students have also been quite sceptical at times, although they do humour me to some extent. The concerns range from internet safety, access to the relevant sites, time restraints and expertise. None of these concerns are to be scoffed at I know, but we must provide our primary school children with the skills they need to be successful learners of the 21st century otherwise we are not fulfilling our obligations at educators.
These two new titles for 2012 give great practical examples of how to actually integrate innovative ICT tools in the classroom. Barber & Cooper, “Using New Web Tools inthe Primary Classroom”, have written a practical guide for enhancing teaching and learning with new web tools. Their book is written for those interested in the application of new web-based ICTs to primary teaching. It has been specifically designed for anyone who works in the primary classroom or who is training to do so. It is divided into 2 sections; the first section justifies the use of Web 2.0 tools, laying the ground work for the second section which gives specific and tangible ways in which these technologies can enhance classroom practice. “The Really Useful ICT Book” from Jesson and Peacock is more of an overall technology across the curriculum guide – but it is up to date and incorporates a range of new tools as well as the more traditional ICT resources that many of us are more familiar with. Both are well work a look.