MirandaNet is an International Fellowship

Founded in 1992 the MirandaNet Fellowship is an international community of professional educators which has forged a unique approach to continuing professional development (CPD). Working in partnership with practitioners, researchers, agency partners and educational product developers the MirandaNet Fellowship has developed an active, practice-based research focussed CPD framework known as iCatalyst. MirandaNet disseminates its research findings to more than 1000 members and Associates through its website, online forum, newsletter and events. Read More …

Innovation in Professional Development: collaborative classroom coaching with web-video and web-aIRIS Logoudio.

The Phase Two draft report of MirandaNet’s research into the effectiveness of the Iris Connect system for professional development in classroom practice is published.

Download “Innovations in professional development: real-time, in-ear coaching” from the Iris Connect research page.

The final report will be published later this year.

Free vision checks for all school children

Research suggests that approximately 15% of school-age children have poor vision in one or both eyes. This can make certain tasks more difficult and, in some cases, have negative consequences for a child’s learning. Yet according Cool kidto an investigation by the College of Optometrists, less than a third of Local Authorities provide any vision screening in schools. Against this background, Professor Thomson from City University, London,  has developed software known as SchoolScreener EZ™ which can detect poor vision in a simple three minute test.

Thanks to support from Specsavers, SchoolScreener EZ™ is being offered free of charge to all schools in the UK, providing a valuable new tool for schools  to use as required, or at certain key stages, to detect children with vision problems as they progress through primary and secondary education.

For more details read the MirandaNet Blog post: “Can you read the letters on this chart?”

In the Newsticker machine

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  • MIT Technology Review: Mobile Phone Data Reveals Literacy Rates in Developing Countries
    14th Jul 2016

    A machine learning algorithm has learned to tell whether individuals can read or write by analyzing their mobile phone records.”

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  • The Washington Post: The weird story of the arrest of a Canadian education researcher in Uganda
    22nd Jun 2016

    A Canadian doctoral student who was in Uganda to research the operations of a for-profit outfit called Bridge International Academies (BIA) was arrested after complaints about his work by the company.

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  • HP just officially made backpack VR computers a trend
    28th May 2016

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  • Telegraph: Schools as businesses – when education doesn’t always come first
    28th May 2016

    The drive towards the marketisation of education, however, raises the dilemma long faced by independent schools, as to whether they are first and foremost purveyors of education, or businesses that need to operate with an eye to the marketplace in order to survive

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Professional Development: DfE Call for Evidence

In September 2015 the independent Professional Development Expert Group, which is working to develop a new non-statutory standard for teachers’ professional development, announced a consultation calling for evidence and examples of good practice.  The group is chaired by David Weston, the CEO of the Teacher Development Trust.  The Teacher Development trust issued a press release here: http://tdtrust.org/cpdcfevidence/.

MirandaNet submitted its response to this consultation in October 2015, drawing on its many years of experience and expertise in developing sustainable professional development programmes for teachers.

Read the MirandaNet consultation response.

This initiative was preceded by the publication of the international review “Developing Great Teaching: Lessons from the international reviews into effective professional development” published in June 2015. The TDT review can be downloaded here: http://tdtrust.org/about/dgt/.

Digital Citizenship

In February 2015 MirandaNet, ITTE, Castlegate Consultancy, the London Knowledge Lab and the International Baccalaureate ran a knowledge building event on the topic of ‘Digital Citizenship‘. Before circulation of the final report MirandaNet welcomes comments.  Readers may submit comments at the end of the report which is here.