MirandaNet: an International Fellowship
Innovation and Research in Education
An Award for MirandaNet’s Founder
Christina Preston, MirandaNet’s founder, has been awarded honorary membership of Technology, Pedagogy & Education Association (TPEA). Their website says, “This honorary award is made to acknowledge her international impact on our field and also the strong support and mentorship that she has offered to those joining the field and finding their place within our community.” To learn more click here.
Back to the Future in Education Innovation
Some things never change! As part of an exciting new project MirandaNet and partners are looking back before 2010 at some of the things that are still valuable and good practice. To read more about the new project click here.
MirandaNet is Entering a New Partnership
We established the MirandaNet Fellowship in 1992 and we now have over 1,100 international members.
One of the most important contributions members have made is to the Knowledge Hub where the history of digital technologies in education can be traced over three decades. There are many other reports that will be helpful to any student of the subject.
Over the last five years MirandaNet has worked closely with ITTE now TPEA on various activities and we feel that the time has come to merge the two memberships. We will also archive the Mirandanet website so that all the resources can still be searched. We also want to merge the two mail lists and promote the kind of lively discussion that seems to have disappeared during Covid. We believe this can be done quite smoothly as TPEA has a free membership level as well as costed levels. Those who do not wish to join this transfer will be given a chance to withdraw.
You will find here photos of the return of Bozena Mannova and myself, Christina Preston, in September to Charles Hotel, Prague, where we held our first Czech Miranda Web Wise Teachers conference in 1997. Were you there?
I’d welcome any anecdotes and stories you have about your involvement with MirandaNet over the years that we can share. Please send them to me to build into an article about the experiences we have shared. I think Covid has made us more appreciative of the opportunities we have had to meet face to face despite the value of zooming!
Improving School and University Engagement – Survey
Are you a computing teacher (any phase), a computing initial teacher trainer (any phase), a computing education researcher? Or do you work in a computer science outreach team or make or deliver computing education resources or CPD?
One of our members, researcher Jane Waite needs your help! Please complete our survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SchoolUniversityLandscape
She wants to find out about the barriers and benefits of working across school and university groups. Your responses will inform guidance on how to improve the way we work together in the provision of computing education.
The report will be freely available and will include a description of the current landscape of the engagement between schools and universities with regard to computing education as well as recommendations on how to improve working across these institutional groups. This report is being produced by a group of organisations including Computing At Schools, the Council and Heads of Computing, Queen Mary University of London, Glasgow University, Swansea University, Stranmillis University and the BCS (Chartered Institute for IT).
If you would like any further information about this study, please contact the lead researcher Jane Waite, firstname.lastname@example.org
Timely advice and help for schools, teachers, pupils and parents including ‘A Germ’s Journey’ with free educational resources. Click here for more information about MESHGuides and the work done by the Society of Applied Microbiology.
Many parents will be looking for resources that their children can use while off school. Teachers spent years in qualification and more gaining experience so this might be difficult for parents. To find websites that offer learning opportunities while also being very motivating click here. This page is added to daily.
At last! Exciting news about Mirandanet/TPEA/ITTE at BETT 20. Click here for more information.
IMPORTANT: BETT press release
EDUsummIT, established in 2009, is a global community of researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners committed to supporting the effective integration of Information Technology (IT) in education by promoting active dissemination and the use of research. Read a full report of the 2019 conference here.
Telling Digital Stories
Revolution through community initiative: the social politics of education futures
We are collecting stories for study about the impact of technologies on us all, for good and ill. If you would like to be involved click here.