MirandaNet: an International Fellowship
Innovation and Research in Education
Influencing policy and practice in digital education
Professor Christina Preston, Chair of ITTE and founder of MirandaNet, about the history of our professional influence in policy and practice from the 1980s up to the current day.
Professional organisations stem from the tradition of medieval Trade Guilds and are still going strong. Wikipedia informs us that a guild is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their craft/trade in a particular area. The earliest types of guild formed as confraternities of tradesmen. They were organised in a manner something between a professional association, a trade union, a cartel, and a secret society. Read the complete article here.
ITTE and Mirandanet International Conference: A call for papers
Deadline extended until Monday 14th May!
Raising aspirations for digital education – Conference update
Highlights are talks by DfE and OfSTED about their role under a new Secretary of State as well as two other debates about the relationship between the edtech industry and education professionals and the best models for edtech CPD. We also have a CPD workshop for the edtech industry about how to work with academics and teachers. Find more of the latest news here.
ITTE and Mirandanet International Conference: Raising aspirations for digital education
This valuable and important conference is taking place this June in Winchester in the UK. More information as it becomes available will be posted here. For more information and particularly booking details go to the ITTE site or see our entry on the MirandaNet events webpage for a draft CONFERENCE PROGRAMME.
So join us, MESH, Chartered College of Teaching and Naace, our conference partners, in Winchester on 7th & 8th June for the 2018 ITTE and Mirandanet International Conference: Raising aspirations for digital education.
Recent Blog Posts
What kind of edtech professional development models work?Sun 11 Feb, 2018
5 Big Procurement ChallengesMon 4 Dec, 2017
Next steps for Education Technology in EnglandSat 2 Dec, 2017
MirandaNet extends its social media reach
MirandaNet is experimenting with a range of social media to increase engagement with our organisation. One such is an online ‘newspaper’. Please be aware that this is still an experiment but it allows the chance to bring to a new audience the work and thoughts of people this organisation admires and follows on Twitter.
We also have a brand new blog. Visit it here.
Developing the Computing and presentation skills of FE students with learning difficulties and disabilities
Read this interesting report on how the 'Literacy from Scratch' project has been harnessed to enhance the learning of an under-represented group.
“Literacy from Scratch” is an international classroom project designed to develop computer coding skills (now a part of the new “Computing” curriculum in England) alongside literacy development, using the MIT visual coding language, Scratch.
Helen Boulton, Helen Caldwell and Christina Preston addressed the issues below with BETT18 delegates from France on 25th January. They very much enjoyed meeting colleagues from France and felt that the session and discussions were very useful and productive.
- UK context and policy regarding Teacher training and CPD (other international examples welcome) including recent developments and trends
- Approaches to integration of ICT (as a tool and also as a subject) in Teacher Training and CPD, impact, best practices, lesson learned …
- Impact of ICT integration on trainers of trainers and teachers training and CPD institutions
ITTE and Mirandanet Conference: Raising aspirations for digital education
Join us, and MESH our conference partners, in Winchester on 7th & 8th June for the 2018 ITTE and Mirandanet Conference: Raising aspirations for digital education
What are the digital skills that teachers and pupils need and how can you support all to achieve this? How can we improve computing education, prepare children to become digital citizens and make full use of digital tools across the curriculum?
The conference will be open to teachers, teacher educators, advisors and researchers and will provide opportunities to develop your professional knowledge and skills through presentations and workshops with leading practitioners and researchers.
We welcome contributions from attendees who wish to share examples of practice or research findings so look out for a Call for Papers next month. We will be awarding CPD certificates for those who join in the interactive activities.
After the Reboot – Computing Education in UK Schools
10 November 2017 - The recent Royal Society report, After the Reboot – Computing Education in UK Schools, explores the challenges and issues facing the subject in primary and secondary schools since the subject was introduced in English schools in 2014. Download the report here..
Innovation in Professional Development: collaborative classroom coaching with web-video and web-audio.
The final report is now published of Phase Two of MirandaNet's research into the effectiveness of the Iris Connect system for professional development in classroom practice. Download "Innovations in professional development: real-time, in-ear coaching" from the Iris Connect research page.
iCatalyst in the Classroom
Professors Christina Preston and Sarah Younie write that, "Research suggests that a continuous programme of professional development is essential in ensuring that teachers can make full use of an investment in digital technologies." This is a theme that will be returned to a great deal over the coming months. Read what they have to say here..