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Resources for the 21st century teacher

Rob Ellis

Resources for the 21st century teacher

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The 21st century teacher need to know about digital technologies, and why? And how will their prowess be assessed?

Here are the resources from the MirandaMod in Prague on Thursday June 7th 1630 – 1830 Central European time (1530 – 1730 GMT)

Wiki link http://mirandamod.wikispaces.com/Poskole

Twitter hashtag #poskole

Short programme link : http://tiny.cc/edpdfw

Many thanks to all the participants who provided plenty to think about….


More details about the MirandaNet conference in Prague are here:

MirandaNet conference June 6th – 9th June 2012

The MirandaMod was held at a professional knowledge building event in educational innovation led by a partnership between the Czech Miranda, the MirandaNet Fellowship, Poskole and the Future Learning Research Centre, University of Bedfordshire.Conference venue: Hotel Adalbert, Brevnov Monastery, Prague 6

Supported by MirandaNet associate Steljes Ltd.

June 6th to June 8th

The programme:

Dr Christina Preston, Professor of Educational Innovation, University of Bedfordshire and founder of MirandaNet in 1992

The political, practical and theoretical contexts : Marilyn, Ivan and Bozena

Day one – Who are we? Professional introductions to a multi-talented Poskole community

Day two- What do we know? Exchanging our knowledge in a multi-talented international community ending in a MirandaMod….

Day three- What wisdom can we create collaboratively? in multi-authored products that will be valuable for policy makers, theory developers and practitioners? How can we refine this to develop professional development programmes for teachers and lecturers that will prepare them for a future we can only guess at.


  • to develop a collaborative digital map and other resources about what the 21st century teacher needs to know about digital technologies and why including ideas for new kinds of assessment of knowledge and skill;
  • to develop new courses in educational innovation for the MirandaNet iCatalyst programme;
  • to facilitate a professional development experience amongst all the participants who engage in this collaboration to publish joint resources, academic papers and articles designed to influence policy and practice internationally and provide evidence for new bidding proposals;
  • to learn how to organise unconferences and to refine the unconference process so that it can be constantly improved in further Poskole, MirandaNet and Learning Future events;
  • to set up working groups to develop a funding strategy and identify the next proposals to be submitted;
  • to plan proposals for unconferences in Prague in October 2012 for practising teachers and for an international strand of a conference for teacher educators in Bedford, July 2013.


Setting up a working party that will:

  • use the collaborative materials to develop briefings for policy makers
  • make bids to funding bodies like the EU
  • develop an international online community online for knowledge exchange
  • develop the programmes for 3 unconferences: University of Bedfordshire October 2012 and July 2013 : Poskole Prague, Spring 2013?
  • develop international professional development modules for the MirandaNet iCatalyst professional development programme
  • International educational concepts working party to produce a glossary led by Dughall McCormick

The ‘unconference’ approach

This workshop will be run as a modified type of ‘unconference’ called a MirandaMod. In these events a wide range of education professionals choose a theme for a face-to-face meeting that will be important in their own informal professional development. On Thursday 7th in the afternoon, other MirandaNetters will join in online using a range of such digital communications technologies such as video conferencing, microblogging and collaborative concept maps that emphasise the social element of learning. This professional development event is thus widely disseminated, both synchronously and asynchronously. The resulting resources that will include collaborative publications are archived on the MirandaNet website.

All the participants are considered to be equal in importance. Invited experts on key topics only talk for about 10 minutes plus questions preferably without using presentation software. These talks are expected to promote democratic engagement within the groups informed by the expert inputs.


This international ‘Poskole’ community of leaders in digital technologies in education and the Czech Miranda have been holding events and publishing together since the early 1990s. This year we have invited MirandaNet associates and colleagues from the new Learning Futures Research Centre at the University of Bedfordshire to join us. As a result there will be about twenty five participants from Bulgaria, England, Germany, Slovakia, The Czech Republic and The Netherlands sharing our latest ideas about educational innovation.

The Participants


Wednesday June 6th from 1500.

Expert input


1630 Dr Marilyn Leask, Professor of Educational Knowledge Management, Learning Futures Research Centre, University of Bedfordshire: What is the value of sharing professional knowledge in the 21st century?

Prof. Ivan Kalas, Comenius University Bratislava: What and how to teach about ICT in 21st century

Dr Bozena Mannova: Czech Miranda, Czech Technical University What kind of 21st century problems can be solved by computers?

Antonin Novak and Tomas Baca, Gymnasium Arabska students, Presentation of the winning project of Czech High School research competition.

1600 Coffee break and discussion with students

1700-1830 – Getting organised

Introductions, deciding on working groups, deciding group leaders and building consensus on the unconference programme. Also testing out personal devices and MirandaMod software.

Dinner 1930

Thursday 7th June

From 0900- 1015

MirandaMods Expert input

Dr Andrea Raiker; Learning Future Research Centre, University of Bedfordshire: Traversing liminal spaces in learning together

Theo Keuchel: Getting the visuals of learning right

Leon Cych: Understanding the value of collaborative technologies

Coffee break

1030 Working groups

Working groups planning draft conference programmes for forthcoming Poskole and MirandaMod events after September 2012.

Some members of the working groups will start building the collaborative digital maps in order to identify existing theory and new practice on the digital needs of the 21st century teacher


1330 transfer to the Czech Technical University (CTU), Prague 6, Dejvice

1430 –1630 – Visit of the National Czech Technical Library in Dejvice

( also setting up 1430-1630)

MirandaMod 1630 – 1830 Central European time (1530 – 1730 GMT)

International video conference with a MirandaMod led by Leon Cych and Theo Keuchel.

(Please invite into this as many colleagues as you can. They will all need some prior experience of remotely authored mapping. We will be sending out information about this).

19:30 – 21:00

Dinner at the National Czech Technical Library, Dejvice – hosted by CTU

Friday 8th June: Developing a collaborative resource

09oo – 1000

Presentation of Czech high school student projects in digital technologies and discussion.


In working groups

Making sense of the data collected at the MirandaMod collaboratively and creating resources about new professional knowledge and theory to use to change policy and practice. Planning new research directions, plans for further projects, agreeing dates for next meetings.

1300 lunch

In working groups continues…

1500 Group leaders reports and demonstrations of resources.

1600 Transfer to National Museum, Vaclavske Namesti

1830 Concert at NM, Dinner in CESTR Restaurant, NM

1930 Supper celebrating Miranda’s 20th Birthday…


How to prepare for collaborative learning

Web enabled devices

All participants are advised to bring a web enabled device and practice using the Mirandamod software before they come. Instructions and registration details will be supplied soon.

Creating resources

Theo Keuchel will be developing an area for all our contributions before, during and after the MirandaMod…we are planning something a little different from conference proceedings with a longer life and more value to the Learning Futures/MirandaNet community of practice. All participants will be expected to contribute to the MirandaMod resources. You can add to this list before the unconference if you wish. Send to christina@mirandanet.ac.uk

Four relevant academic papers are here about aspects of Braided Learning, the MirandaNet term for collaborative professional learning using digital technologies. This exercise is planned to get your creative juices flowing….you will not be tested on these papers:-) But we do hope you will be able to contribute to our resource.

1. Beyond Collaboration

2. Crossing professional boundaries with digital technologies: draft (Poskole liminal space paper)

3. Building Professional Knowledge using concept mapping (draft)

Policy on ICT in England Here is an article by MirandaNetters about the policy of the UK government which is not to inspect ICT in schools any more

Visual representations of learning. Developing professional resources for educators at the Prague MirandaMod. The task in Prague June 6-10 Two extracts from work on professional learning are provided intended to stimulate the participants to think further about how we represent our knowledge base visually can be found here.

Assessing the value of physical and virtual spaces in enriching learning. Resources from the last MirandaMod on the 3rd May at the Polhill Campus at the Iniversity of Bedfordshire are here.