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 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.


Education innovation, practice-based research and pupil achievement

In May 2016 MirandaNet hosted a workshop to explore and discuss the classroom- based research it has been supporting with its Associates. (The workshop pages are here.)

The workshop was sponsored by and actively supported by Gaia Technologies, a MirandaNet Associate. Their media team has now produced a lively and interesting video of the day’s events.

Watch the video on YouTube


WCCE 2017 – IFIP TC3 World Conference on Computers in Education

Tomorrow’s learning: Involving everyone

3rd to 6th July 2017, Dublin, Ireland (2nd July 2017 – doctoral consortium)

http://www.wcce2017.com/

Deadline for submissions: Friday 3rd February 2017


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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  • Freedom House: Freedom on the Net 2016
    27th Nov 2016

    Internet freedom has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with more governments than ever before targeting social media and communication apps as a means of halting the rapid dissemination of information, particularly during anti-government protests.

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  • The Guardian: Huge increase in number of graduates ‘bad for UK economy’
    25th Nov 2016

    The government is being urged to end the political drive to get more people into university after new research showed that graduates are “colonising” jobs in banking, education, the police and estate agency that were the preserve of school-leavers in the past.

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  • Post-Brexit skills gap concerns lead agenda at TIGA Education Summit
    24th Nov 2016

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  • The Guardian: Last art history A-level axed after Michael Gove cull of ‘soft’ subjects
    1st Nov 2016

    “The last exam board in England offering art history A-level will drop the subject from 2018, marking the latest in a cull of perceived “soft” subjects following the curriculum changes begun by the former education secretary Michael Gove”

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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.