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), education, innovation and research. 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 …

MirandaNet at the EduTech Show.

6-7th October 2017.

MirandaNet will be on stands no 98 & 122 alongside ITTE.

Click here for the exhibition map

Book your free entry here.

This event is designed to connect teachers with other teachers and to share best practice. To this end, the presenters at EduTech 2017 consist of a mixture of experienced and well known speakers, and classroom practitioners who are inspiring children every day in their schools and classrooms.

Speaker sessions are divided in to seminars and master classes. Both are designed to give attendees some ‘take-aways’ to use back on the classroom, and teachers will gain some hands-on, practical experience – and a lot of fun – in the master classes.

Established speakers include: Professor Christina Preston ( ITTE/MirandaNet, DMU), Professor Sarah Younie (ITTE/MirandaNet DMU), (Miles Berry (Roehampton University), Dr. Steve Bunce, David Mitchell (Deputy Mitchell, QuadBlogging), David Kirtlan (Elsium Education #iPadBand), Dughall McCormick, Terry Freedman (ICTinEducation) and Professor Stephen Heppell (Heppellnet). Presenters who are class teachers and practitioners are drawn from across the country and will inspire you with the work they are doing in their schools and classrooms.  Other speakers come from professional teaching associations and online safety organisations.

A quick look at the seminar sessions shows the vast experience and wide-ranging subject matter the speakers will bring over the two days. At thirty minutes each, they are set to be packed full of information. Themes and areas of focus include: going 1:1 in a primary school, a wealth of online safety, different approaches to your computing curriculum, robotics and the wider curriculum, blogging, mastery in computing, engaging parents, creative coding, progression, and something involving Bonnie Tyler and Rick Astley (You’ll have to go along to Dr Steve Bunce’s session at 4pm on Friday to find out!)

Over on the Masterclass stage, there’s plenty to get excited about too …

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 an Unconference 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.

  • The secret lives of children and their phones
    Tue 10 Oct, 2017

    Some observations here about the right way to do stuff online:

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  • Fitbits discourage teenagers from exercising
    Tue 10 Oct, 2017

    So often we worry about the effects of technology on our bodies and minds, and our children. Now this:

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  • Hitting the return key on education – The Washington Post
    Tue 10 Oct, 2017

    Another new book arguing that edtech is sometimes impedes learning.

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  • Casio’s ‘2.5D’ printer can mimic leather and fabric
    Tue 10 Oct, 2017

    New tunic for school? Just print one out will you …

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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?”

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.