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Changing education through innovation


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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  • Huffington Post: A Proposal With Dire Consequences for the Teaching Profession
    28th Apr 2016

    It is ideology, not standards, driving the Government’s agenda. Look no further than one of the most significant and deeply concerning proposals in the White Paper which to date has had little or no attention, the replacement of qualified teacher status with a system of local teacher accreditation, recommended by individual headteachers.

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  • BBC News: Identity 2016 – ‘Global citizenship’ rising, poll suggests
    28th Apr 2016

    People are increasingly identifying themselves as global rather than national citizens, according to a BBC World Service poll.The trend is particularly marked in emerging economies, where people see themselves as outward looking and internationally minded.

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  • YouTube: Kenya begins controversial laptop-for-schools project
    26th Apr 2016

    Kenya’s government has started an ambitious project to provide 1.2 million laptops and tablets to students in public primary schools. But many facilities still lack reliable electricity to power the new technology.The other challenge is just keeping children in school.Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi reports from Turkana in northern Kenya.

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  • The Atlantic: Internet Filtering at Schools Is Problematic
    26th Apr 2016

    Giving all children access to the Internet and computing became a rallying cry for educators and elected leaders in the 1990s. In March 1996, President Clinton and Vice President Gore led 20,000 volunteers in a one-day effort to connect thousands of California public schools to the “brave new world of mouse clicking and web surfing.” Yet that brave new world remains unconquered for many students and schools, especially in rural and high-poverty communities. Some have coined the term “digital redlining” to describe how advanced technology has been deliberately denied from certain areas based on geography as well as the race, ethnicity, and income of residents.

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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.