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 …

 **** Bett 2017: 25-28 January ****

This year MirandaNet is on the Naace stand, G135 where we hope colleagues will visit us and perhaps join us for some MirandaNet events:

On Wednesday 25th January Christina Preston will be on a panel ‘Bridging the Digital Divide‘ at 5pm hosted by Terry Freedman and sponsored by NewBay Media (http://www.newbaymedia.com). Location: Learn Live Secondary Theatre, Hall N12 & N13. ( See Christina’s blog post here for comments from MirandaNet members. )

On Thursday 26th Professor Mirka Cernochova, Charles University, Prague will be joining Christina Preston and MirandaNet colleagues for a joint reception with Naace members on Stand G135 at 5pm. This will be followed by a restaurant supper at ‘Fish’ (http://www.fishboroughmarket.com). Meet up at about 7-7.30pm (giving us time to travel) .

On Friday 27th January we will also have a joint reception at 1700 on the Naace stand (G135) followed by supper at La Barrique (http://www.labarrique.co.uk) for those who wish to join us at about 6-6.30pm. (It’s on the bridge leading to Custom House station.)

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.

  • Tunisia’s New Right to Information Law Needs People Power to Work
    30th Dec 2016

    Tunisia’s recent adoption of a law granting people access to information is cause for celebration. … the country has … shown its commitment to democratic transition and good governance. But whether this law can bring the country closer to its democratic aspirations ultimately depends on citizens’ ability to make use of it, and on a public sector that is prepared to implement and comply with it.

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  • Labour warns of teacher training crisis after targets missed again | Education | The Guardian
    28th Dec 2016

    Not enough trainee teachers began courses in more than three-quarters of subjects, with maths, physics, design and technology, computing and business studies all falling at least 15% short of their targets.

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  • Rise in primary school pupils suspended for racist abuse | Education | The Guardian
    27th Dec 2016

    Department for Education statistics reveal that 430 children between the ages of five and 11 were given fixed period or permanent exclusions from their schools in the 2014-15 academic year because of racist behaviour. That is 110 more than in the 2009-10 academic year, when 320 pupils were suspended for the same reason.

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  • Experts call for official guidelines on child screen use | Society | The Guardian
    26th Dec 2016

    A group of leading authors, educationalists and child-development experts is calling on the government to introduce national guidelines on the use of screens, amid concern about the impact on children’s physical and mental health.

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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)


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?”

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.