MirandaNet Core Team
|Core Team Advisers and Co-Researchers Consultants|
Professor Christina Preston.
MirandaNet Founder and Director of Innovation
Dr Christina Preston has been at the forefront of education and technology for over 25 years. She is associate professor of education at De Montfort in the new Education Futures Centre and founded the MirandaNet Fellowship in 1992. The Fellowship has become a global thought leader in education futures with over 1,000 members in 80 countries and a global outreach of more than 72,000 visitors a year who read up to 10 screens. At the core of these thought leaders philosophy is the sharing of knowledge and change the management based on grassroots evidence. The members research into the impact of technology and learning in classrooms and report on their findings for the global community. They also run practice based research professional development programmes in schools when the practitioners become co-researchers.
Christina has won 5 international awards for her contribution to education innovation and community of practice development. She is the Chair of Trustees of World Ecitizens charity established by the MirandaNet Fellows in 2002 after the events of 9/11 in New York. This charity provides a web space where learners across the world can publish for an international audience. A more detailed professional profile is here.
Dr Sarah Younie
Director of Research
Sarah has been involved in international research on educational technologies and teaching for twenty five years. She has been involved in the use of digital technologies in educational settings for UNESCO, the EU, UK Government Agencies, Local Authorities, educational charities and other funders. She has worked as a teacher and researcher in secondary schools, universities and as UK Chair of the national subject association of IT in Teacher Education (ITTE) she has conducted research, including gathering evidence for the Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Education.
Sarah is also a visiting Senior Research Fellow at University of Bedfordshire and Principal Lecturer at De Montfort University, where she is Programme leader for the MA in Education Practice. She has published widely on educational technologies and is the Associate Editor-in-Chief for the international Journal of Technology, Pedagogy and Education. Dr Younie’s latest book published by the Open University Press is entitled ‘Teaching with Technology: the essential guide’. Dr Younie is afounder member of MESH (Mapping Education Specialist knowhow) and is the Editor-in-Chief of the MESHguides for ICT.
Dominic is now, during 2016-17, in his first year training as an assistant teacher at Cherwell School in Oxford. Working as part of the Oxfordshire SCITT program, Dominic is on the full time salaried programme teaching Key Stage 3 and 4 Computer Science.
He was in marketing and business development in technology and software for over 15 years. He has gained experience in a broad range of companies from blue chip to small start ups where his roles have included local, European and Global responsibility. Dominic has specialised in brand, marketing and content, alongside launching consumer facing software across all devices.
He was a member of the World eCitizens project Living (2003) that produced a comic designed by 11 year old children on the topic of homelessness. The project is an an example of how combining professional skill with children’s enthusiasm can create impressive outcomes across a range of curriculum activities.
MirandaNet Web Editor
Once upon a time David was a lecturer in teacher training and a subject leader for ICT. He has worked with a wide range of students and courses including undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training (primary and secondary), MA courses and is currently a second supervisor for a PhD student. David has developed many programmes and modules, (including an online programme), schemes of work and assessment frameworks to meet a range of needs and levels of education for students in ICT, computing and education. He manages the MirandaNet website and the membership list and does some editorial work for MirandaNet documents and publications.
MirandaNet Newsletter Editor
An educational consultant and MirandaNet Senior Fellow, Theo writes and co-edits the Newsletter, alongside David Longman. He is active in maintaining MirandaNet’s social media presence and was involved in developing the MirandaMod unconferences.
Theo’s work and research covers digital literacies, visual communication and open educational resources and practice. His expertise is in digital content, archives and visual literacy. Theo also has specialist knowledge of copyright in education including the use of Creative Commons licenses. He has given presentations and workshops around the world and has participated in major national and international digital projects. Theo developed a number of courses in digital media at the University Hull and for Naace. He has been invited to advise Qatar education ministers on a strategy for educational digital content and is a princial author of the MeshGuide on Visual Literacy.
Currently Theo is developing a toolkit designed to help Schools, Colleges and Higher Education harness the affordances of Open and Public Domain content for learning.
MirandaNet Journal Editor
Jon is currently a Senior Lecturer in Primary ICT and Music at the University of Winchester. His area of expertise is working with and mentoring teaching students with a focus on ICT, Educational Technology and music. He has worked as a VLE/Learning Platform Consultant within Hampshire and is a former county-based Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) specialising in Primary ICT, where he supported primary schools across Hampshire.
As an experienced primary teacher Jon and regularly spends time in schools, teaching and supporting staff and children. He frequently works as an ICT consultant, freelance writer and Promethean trainer across the UK.
Within music, Jon works as a freelance musician and conductor. He performs in a range of different ensembles from saxophone ensembles, rocks bands through to a flute, oboe and piano trio. Jon previously worked for Hampshire Music Service as a Listen2Me instrumental teacher and still teaches for Portsmouth Music Service as a woodwind teacher.