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.
Announcing New MirandaNet Fellows
Seven MirandaNet members have published papers on the website and as a result, three have earned the title of MirandaNet Senior Fellow and four the title of MirandaNet Fellow. They all receive a certificate and the right to include their award in a CV or professional profile.
Thanks to them all for sharing their experience and knowledge and contributing to the MirandaNet knowledge base. Links to their published papers are in the right hand sidebar. Click the author name below to read their MirandaNet profile. The papers will also be available in the Knowledge Hub under Learning Observations.
(This text is repeated in the Autumn 2015 newsletter).
Allison Allen has been awarded a Senior Fellowship for her study on E-safety and Safeguarding. Allison is the director of Outstream Consulting and has worked with many schools to enable them to deal effectively with this very crucial aspect of the education of children and young people in the safe, responsible and wise use of computers.
Lubna Malik has gained a Senior Fellowship for two interesting publications about her work in schools in Pakistan where she is also starting up a MirandaNet chapter. Her paper on the role of school principals in promoting the integration of ICT into teaching and learning highlights very similar issues to those faced in the UK (and elsewhere) and her second paper on assessment with ICT demonstrates a constructive and progressive approach to CPD.
Malcolm Payton is a consultant with many years experience in teaching and educational management. His work on the strategic leadership of ICT to ensure effective and planned implementation of ICT in schools has been very influential across the UK and internationally. He is now the director of the Educational Expertise Exchange Network (E3Net). He is awarded a Senior Fellowship for his papers on technology procurement, which sets out some clear thinking on planning for technology development in schools, and for his second paper on the effective use of ICT, which draws attention to some key factors of success.
Dr Helen Boulton has earned her Fellowship with her case study of offering a cross cultural comparison of the use of new technology by post-graduate students in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Her study includes valuable advice about managing cross cultural communication difference when implementing virtual learning environments with cohorts from different countries and cultures.
Kieran Dhunna Halliwell is a Key Stage 2 teacher and has been working on an action research project with Dr. Pete Bradshaw of the Open University. She has earned a Fellowship with her delightful account of her foray into action research. Her paper Am I a researcher yet? and published here on MirandaNet describes her professional journey and her emerging confidence as a research-active teacher. It is an honest account which should encourage many who are taking their first steps on the research road.
Tazmeen Sultan is a colleague of Lubna Malik a member of the Educational Technology team at the City School, Lahore, Pakistan where the emphasis is on innovation. She earns a Fellowship with her paper Emerging Use of ICT for Teaching and Learning in Schools of Pakistan. This is a reflective account of her professional activities in promoting and modelling the value of ICT in teaching and learning. It is an impressive story and one with which many practitioners in the field can identify.
Andy Knill gains his Fellowship with his paper Global Networking using social media in which he describes his project to develop professional learning networks (PLN) using Twitter to link with teachers on a global scale. Andy developed two PLN and are open to all. They can be found at @globalsolo and @gasigict on Twitter. His paper is of interest to school leaders, teachers, and teacher educators willing to explore how social media can be used as a professional development tool.
MirandaNet Lifelong Achievement Awards
MirandaNet Lifelong Achievement Awards have been awarded to John Cuthell and Francis Howlett for the impact their contributions have had on MirandaNet practice and research over at least 15 years.
Francis designed and maintained the original MirandaNet website over many years using his coding skills and his extensive knowledge about accessibility. An outstanding web editor with a close eye for detail he maintained the membership list and MirandaLink while encouraging members to publish case studies and articles.
John Cuthell authored many papers and chapters about knowledge creation and visual learning that were developed through working with the MirandaNet community. John has an international reputation for his contribution to knowledge creation and the development of MirandaMods as well as his research into visual learning. You can read more about his work here.