MirandaNet, one of the strongest and best-established online education communities, has at its core the use of digital technologies to enhance learning.
No longer to learners have to work in isolation. Online communities and digital tools have facilitated collaborative learning and the co-construction of knowledge across conventional constraints of time, demographics and frontiers. These Learning Observations trace the journeys that some MirandaNet Fellows have made.
This study considers the proposition that personal learning includes passage through problematic areas known as liminal space (Perkins, 1999; Meyer and Land, 2006). The personal learning on which the proposition is focused is that of teachers; personal learning thus comes under the heading of professional development. The context of this study is teacher professional development, usually known as continuing professional development (CPD).
Author: Christina Preston
Publication Date: 2013
(Draft- references on request)
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The rapid advancement of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) together with the demand of society has had a huge impact on the educational system. Recently the use of data management systems has become an important tool for e-leadership and school improvement. The data management systems allow e-leadership to make evidence-based decisions and enrich the flow of information within the schools. This small-scale study examines the support primary target tracker; a data management system provides to an infant school, based in ... Read More ...
- Can 140 character snippets actually provide meaningful CPD?
This study was provoked by a post in the MirandaLink forum querying the link between the social media tool Twitter and professional development. Synthesising the responses to the original post revealed certain themes, which were then explored further in existing research. In addition, participants in the forum were kind enough ... Read More ...
A MirandaMod. A group of people come together in a room. They are joined by others: not present other than as words writing themselves on a screen; as a low-resolution images and voices echoing across continents; as symbols on a growing map of concepts and ideas. Some will have made their mark earlier, leaving traces from which others will build, After the group has left, gone away from wherever to wherever, the words, images, voices, symbols and ideas will remain, ... Read More ...
In this short paper we investigate some innovative ways in which ‘communities of practice’ use digital technologies to leverage the power of collaborative learning by publishing their evidence and impacting on institutional policy. The value of a collaborative long-term professional perspective on educational issues is the position of the MirandaNet Fellowship, an international ‘community of practice’ established in 1992. In the collaborative sharing that MirandaNet advocates, strategies for leveraging community trust have to be mutually developed and ... Read More ...
Publication Date: 2011
What is the future for publishing?
The advantages for schools of online publishing
My new role in Nelson Thornes requires me to look at the ways in which publishers can evolve to develop new materials that schools will find useful.
The company is beginning to move from books towards a blended learning approach – traditional and digital publishing. Working with the AQA exam board, we have published not only the supporting books for GCSE and A Level but a range ... Read More ...
Towards a theory of the impact of ICT in education
Roger Broadie, BroadieAssociates.co.uk
6 May 2011
The use of ICT in schools puts significant costs upon the education system in the UK and other countries. These include the costs of the hardware and software in schools, training for school leaders and teachers, and in some schools costs to the individual pupil and their parents. There are also possible additional costs that introducing ICT might cause, such as distraction from learning and safety ... Read More ...
What does it mean to be an educated person in 2011?
In my experience, the more you look at that question, the harder it gets to answer. Imagine that in front of you there were a group of people say aged 20. Another group would be aged 30, then 40, 50, 60 and 70 and so on. If I asked you to identify the “best educated” people in each group, what would you look for and how would it change as ... Read More ...