Teaching and Learning: Innovations in Pedagogy

Keeping pace with innovation is never more of a challenge than when managing learners and classrooms. These Learning Observations show how MirandaNet professionals have risen to that challenge, and their reflections on the ways in which learning and teaching have been enhanced.

MirandaNet, one of the strongest and best-established online education communities, has core interest in the use of digital technologies to enhance learning. This is reflected in many of these articles.

  • Effective use of ICT in Education
    Effective Use of ICT in Education. Malcolm Payton, E3Net 2015 Purpose This paper considers the effectiveness of ICT in Education expenditure by examining a number of national ICT initiatives. It proposes greater focus on building local capacity that allows Strategic Management of ICT and Leadership in Education (SMILE). Executive Summary The first section Changes in Education examines worldwide changes in employment, society and education, and how these are influenced by new technologies. The second section Obtaining Value for Money looks at ICT initiatives around the world and ... Read More ...
  • Can the use of think.com transform classroom teaching?
      Computer Mediated Communication in the Classroom   Abstract The use of think.com in the classroom changes teaching methods. During the timespan of the project teachers used the system to distribute teaching materials via class web pages; they collected and returned homework by email; they set up online assessment tasks for students. A move towards a constructivist method, where teaching becomes more learner centered and the teacher assumes the role of facilitator, requires appropriate training for teachers, a change in classroom/school ... Read More ...
  • Supply Teachers, Special Education and Professional Needs
      Abstract A different way of being: supply teaching in special schools is an independent MA study, developed from previous modular studies in special needs and completed in 2002. The motivation for the work came from first entering the field of special education, in 1997, as a supply teacher after a long career in mainstream teaching. Significant gaps in knowledge and understanding, both of the culture within these schools, the spectrum of complex needs and lack of skills required to ... Read More ...
  • The impacts of Think.com on the learning of gifted students in English.
    Abstract This study describes the impact of Think.com of the ways in which young people work and learn. Author: Richard Robinson Publication Date: 2003 Since starting teaching in 1998 I have been involved with extra-curricular writing groups within my school. One of the skills that we try to encourage is the ability of students to reflect and evaluate their own and fellow students’ work within a group setting. The Internet gave many opportunities for this, and one of the inspirations for this study came when students began ... Read More ...
  • The impact of an Internet-based learning resource on pupil attainment in Vocational Business Studies
        Abstract This report attempts to analyse the impact of an Internet based learning resource on pupil attainment in VOCATIONAL Business Studies.  I hope the research illustrates the potential of such a resource on pupil attainment and the interest it creates in the subject.  While this research surrounds only one school and two intake classes, it is hoped that the results can be used to help teachers of other subjects appreciate the role of Internet based learning technologies in ... Read More ...
  • MOOCs in Europe
    MirandaNet’s work across Europe with HandsOn ICT MOOCs. Abstract MirandaNet has been working with HandsOn ICT to develop, implement and disseminate new knowledge about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) with groups across Europe. Sixteen academics from Czech Republic, Holland, Finland, UK and Denmark came together to plan an EU Erasmus Plus submission for April 2015 that would include the use of the HandsOn ICT MOOC, Learning Designer and Ingots accreditation. The UK team was Sarah Younie, Christina Preston, Patricia Charlton, Ian Lynch and Theo Kuechel. You can ... Read More ...
  • Pop Up Classroom
    Keeping Things Simple With Tablets The biggest stumbling block with any implementation of a tablet strategy is engaging and encouraging teachers to move with the technology. How this is done and how it works is very much dependent on the school and the age of the pupils that are being taught. Teachers in some cases have great difficulty in trying to appreciate what the potential of a tablet can bring to the classroom. I have trained a lot of teachers around the ... Read More ...
  • Models and theories in relation to working with people and ICT
    Models and theories in relation to working with people and ICT: Evaluation of Courses Evaluation of Courses Abstract: Working with adults in varying contexts and at different stages of their career means that they learn differently and respond to training differently.  This is complicated further by the topics that are involved – for example in a relatively short period I may consult or train on; curriculum, accreditation, infrastructure, TUPE, Self Review Framework (SRF), visioning, teaching and learning (T&L), management structure, ... Read More ...