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iCatalyst LogoWorkshop: Education innovation and pupil achievement through practice-based research
21st May, The Innovation Centre, De Montfort University

This forthcoming MirandaNet iCatalyst workshop is an opportunity for teachers, leaders, researchers and MirandaNet associates to work together on professional development strategies to implement innovation in teaching and learning and improve achievement.

In the morning teachers who are co-researchers will discuss their findings from recent MirandaNet research reports that show how education products have raised attainment and achievement in their schools, enhanced professional development programmes and provided evidence for OfSTED and Pupil Premium.

In the afternoon delegates will break into groups to plan action research projects that will provide practitioners with new ideas for bringing innovations into the classroom. Working with developers and researchers, educators will also be able to influence educational product design in order to meet their teaching and learning needs.

Innovation in Professional Development: collaborative classroom coaching with web-video and web-aIRIS Logoudio.

The Phase Two draft report of MirandaNet’s research into the effectiveness of the Iris Connect system for professional development in classroom practice is published.

Download “Innovations in professional development: real-time, in-ear coaching” from the Iris Connect research page.


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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  • Farminator: Robot ranchers replacing humans in agriculture (VIDEOS) — RT Viral
    22nd May 2016

    As technology advances, the future of farming is about to change drastically with the rise of robots being used in agricultural work as alternatives to manpower. “Farmbots” are now being used as shepherds in the Australian outback where farmers struggle to monitor livestock frequently enough due to the remote locations of herds, according to the New Scientist.

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  • Why Movement is Essential in Early Childhood – The Atlantic
    20th May 2016

    … compared to 1998, children today are spending far less time on self-directed learning—moving freely and doing activities that they themselves chose—and measurably more time in a passive learning environment

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  • The Daily Beast: Anti-Muslim School Bullying: Sometimes, It’s Even the Teachers Doing It
    18th May 2016

    Muslim students being bullied or harassed for their faith is increasingly becoming the norm not the exception in America. A 2015 study by California’s CAIR chapter surveyed over 600 Muslim students in California and shockingly found that 55 percent had either been bullied or discriminated against. To put that in perspective, that’s more twice the number of student reporting being bulled on a national basis. 

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  • The Daily Beast: How Public Schools Demand Failure and Perpetuate Poverty
    17th May 2016

    The most obvious deficiency of the argument that schools are the best means to overcome poverty is that there are clearly better approaches, such as vocational schools. The prospect of creating schools specifically designed to provide marketable skills has been sidelined by the monopolization of public funding for autocratic schooling. This approach has effectively ended apprenticeships and marginalized professional training before the age of 18, thereby impeding upward social mobility.

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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.