MirandaNet Directors

Jon Audain

Jon Audain

Jon Audain

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.

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Helen Boulton

Helen Boulton

Helen Boulton

Dr Helen Boulton is an Associate Professor at Nottingham Trent University. Helen has 10 years teaching experience as Head of ICT and Computing in secondary education. Helen is a National Teaching Fellow. Her research is focused on using new technologies in learning and teaching and she has co-authored several books focussing on learning and teaching in secondary education. Chair of the Association for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Regional Co-ordinator for Computing at School, she is also a member of several national committees. Helen has been involved in the use of digital technologies in education with UK government agencies, including the Training and Development Agency HEA and JISC. Helen’s work is published nationally and internationally.

Dr Boulton is currently managing the Regional Centre for Computing at School(CAS), providing support and training for primary and secondary teachers in developing Computing. Helen has been course leader for the Post-Graduate Certificate in ICT, and is currently Course Leader for the Doctorate in Education. Helen is also a co-investigator for two European Horizon 2020 bids: No-one Left Behind, and Managing Affective-learning Through Intelligent Atoms and Smart Interactions. Helen is also a co-investigator for an Erasmus + research project: Mobile Pedagogical Assistant to develop meaningful pathways to personalised learning.

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Helen Caldwell

Helen Caldwell

Helen Caldwell

A Senior Lecturer in Education (ITE – ICT) at Northampton University, Helen has over 15 years teaching experience and held an ICT Co-ordinator role for nine years, working across a group of schools to develop their capability with ICT. She was an assistive technology advisor for Milton Keynes Council and a regional and web portal manager for the Open University Vital CPD programme.

Helen’s university teaching and CPD work covers the use of technology across primary school subjects, implementing the computing curriculum and assistive technologies for SEND. She is a member of the Primary National Curriculum for Computing in ITT Expert Group supporting tutors and trainees in ITT in preparing for the new curriculum and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Her research interests include eLearning and social networking in Higher Education, and computing and digital literacy in Primary Education. She currently co-leads the Erasmus+ project: Digital Learning across Boundaries.

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Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell

Head of Initial Teacher Education at University of Chester, Andrew is passionate about improving the education of our children and students. He is a highly experienced and successful teacher, lecturer and trainer of teachers, trainee teachers and undergraduates, a widely recognised expert in Initial Teacher Education and particularly in Computing Education, with a national and international profile.

Andrew is chair of the Council of Subject Associations and holds positions on the Executive Committee of the Association for IT in Teacher Education (ITTE), is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a consultant on Computing Education and Quality Teaching, was a member of the national Subject Expert Group for Computing and was on the Steering Group for the Royal Society’s UK Forum on Computing Education (UKForCE). He has authored and co-authored publications on teaching Computing and management of teacher training.

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Andrew Csizmadia

Andrew Csizmadia

Andrew Csizmadia

Andrew is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science Education at Newman University Birmingham, where he teaches new computing teachers.

He has supported in-service teachers in the transition from ICT to Computer Science through coordinating regional and national computing projects. Andrew was a member of the CAS Computational Thinking Working Group and a co-author of Computational Thinking: A guide for teachers, and is a member of the CAS Assessment Group.

Currently, Andrew is the Secretary for ITTE and is the Academic Lead and Senior Assessor for the British Computer Society’s Certificate in Computer Science Teaching, which is an accreditation scheme for in-service computing teachers.

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Christina Preston

Christina Preston

Christina Preston

Professor Christina Preston has been at the forefront of education and technology for over 25 years. She is associate Professor of Education at De Montfort University in the new Institute for Education Futures. The MirandaNet Fellowship that she founded in 1992 has become a global thought leader in edtech with over 1,000 members in 80 countries and an outreach of more than 80,000 website visitors a year who read up to 10 screens. At the core of the members’’ philosophy is the sharing of knowledge and change 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 also 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.

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Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton

Chris Shelton

Dr Chris Shelton is Head of the Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at the University of Chichester and jointly coordinates the undergraduate and postgraduate ICT and Computing modules. He teaches on BA, PGCE and MA programmes on modules related to ICT, Computing and Professional Studies and has been an External Examiner for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education programmes. Chris is a member of the National Executive Committee of ITTE (the Association for IT in Teacher Education) and was a member of the Primary National Curriculum for Computing in ITT Expert Group supporting tutors and trainees in ITT in preparing for the new curriculum. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of NAACE and BERA. Previously he worked in primary schools across Key Stages One and Two and was a school ICT Co-ordinator. Chris is a school governor and regularly runs in-service training events for primary school teachers at the University and in local schools.

Chris has a range of research interests relating to technology, computing and digital literacy in schools and universities. His PhD focused on teacher’s thinking about technology in Higher Education and his recent work has explored the pedagogy of teaching computing and teacher beliefs and knowledge about technology.

Chris was UK project director for the CIRT (Consortium for Intercultural Reflective Teachers) project – an EU funded project (€200,000) in collaboration with Pennsylvania State University in the USA and Jönköping University in Sweden. The project aimed to encourage international collaboration through a five year programme of staff and student exchanges between the three partner universities (2008-2012). He was awarded a £5,000 grant from the Teaching Agency as part of the Leading Partners Programme: ICT. This was used to explore and develop links with partnership schools to improve teacher training in ICT (2012).

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Sarah Younie

Sarah Younie

Sarah Younie

Professor Younie has been involved in international and national teaching and research on educational technologies for over twenty-five years. She has been involved in the use of digital technologies in educational settings for UNESCO, EU and UK government agencies, including the Training and Development Agency (TDA, DfE), Becta, BBC, HEA and JISC. She has worked as a teacher and researcher in secondary schools, universities and as the UK Chair of the National Subject Association of IT in Teacher Education (ITTE) and she has conducted national research, including evidence for the Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Education.

Dr Younie is a Professor in Education, Innovation and Technology at De Montfort University and is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Technology, Pedagogy and Education and sits on the journal’s Editorial Board. Professor Younie is a founder member of ‘Education Futures Collaboration’ (EFC) charity, she is a Trustee and sits on the Strategic Leadership Steering group for EFC. Professor Younie has collaborated with Prof Leask from the beginning to set up MESHGuides and has helped to drive this vision forward, through establishing its structures and processes; she sits on the MESH Chief Editorial Board & is Editor-in-Chief of MESH ICT Editorial Board.

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