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MirandaNet International Workshop in Prague, June 6 - 9, 2012

A MirandaNet 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:

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

MirandaModsMirandaMod 3rd May 16:30 – 19:30 on physical and virtual learning spaces

“One of the greatest changes can be seen in the lives of children and young people, who are at ease with the world of technology and who communicate, socialise and participate online effortlessly….. Yet the classrooms of today don’t reflect these changes.” Michael Gove 2011

This MirandaMod will address issues arising from this statement.

Next MirandaNet Icatalyst workshop 3rd May 13:00-15:30 for educators on the value of a MirandaMod for innovative learning

The MirandaMod events series 2012: March 1st and May 3rd

In partnership with BCSE, BESA, InspireWords, Immersive Education, NelsonThorne, Radiowaves and Steljes

Following on from the success of the first event in November 2011, the MirandaNet Fellowship professional community invites educators to join us, face to face or online, to discuss the role of digital technologies in enriching learning. Policy makers, senior managers, teachers, student teachers will all benefit from participating in these two events. Chris Yapp who is leading the sessions is also researching for his new book, Persuasive Learning, in which ideas from educators at these events will be acknowledged.

These events will be held at the Bedford Campus of Bedfordshire University, and will last from 16:30 to 19:30.

BETT the educational technology show MirandaNet associate Radiowaves win the BETT12 ICT Company of the Year Award

We are extremely pleased to announce that Radiowaves won ICT Company of the Year (Less than £1 Million) at the 2012 BETT Awards in London.

This is a fantastic achievement for Radiowaves and MirandaNet are very proud to be associated with this company.

Radiowaves has won the ‘ICT Company of the Year’ at BETT, the world’s largest technology in education show. The judges, including key government agencies, teachers and local authority representatives, commented:

“Radiowaves is an innovating company which has taken an unusual route to generating revenue which combines the best of traditional business practises along with sticking to the spirit of Web 2.0 innovations. Its combination of user generated material and corporate links makes an excellent model for other companies.”

Ray Barker, director of BESA added:
"The BETT Awards are now the standard by which the UK and international education industry can recognise and reward valuable and innovative resources."

BETT the educational technology show Achievement for All Live Workshops in Gallery Room 1

MirandaNet at BETT12, 11th – 14th January 2012

Christina Preston and members of the MirandaNet team will be on hand in Gallery Room 1 from 11:00 - 18:00 each day. Gallery Room 1 will also be the location of the Live Workshops.

Achievement for AllThe MirandaNet Fellowship with Achievement for All will be running eight Live Workshops or 'Unconferences' with a series of partner organisations. Eight sessions, recorded in several different modes, will lead to the creation of a web-based resource to support teachers entering the second phase of the Achievement for All project.

MirandaMod on flickr MirandaNet groupMirandaNet Group on flickr!

MirandaNet Fellow Theo Kuechel has kindly added a MirandaNet group to the photo-sharing site flickr. Theo says:

We welcome all contributions related to MirandaNet and invite you to share your photos and short videos. Examples would be MirandaMods, Conferences, and trips and images relating to MirandaNet Research. We always encourage the use of a Creative Commons Licence wherever possible, and always include the MirandaNet tag, please.

MirandaModsMirandaMods 2011 - 2012

We have planned a series of MirandaMods for this academic year, the first of which will be held at the University of Bedfordshire on Wednesday 30th November 2011 at the University of Bedfordshire. Further details on the MirandaMods pages.

Designing education for the future as if it matters: Schools and Schooling in the Digital Age

30th November 2011 18:00 - 20:00 University of Bedfordshire

Theme contributors: Chris Yapp, Marilyn Leask, Christina Preston and John Cuthell

Achievement for AllAchievement for All Website Launched

The Achievement for all website has been launched.

The Achievement for All pilot programme demonstrated that pupils with SEND have achieved significant improvement.

Schools involved in the pilot reduced persistent non-attendance by 20%, and participation in activities impacted positively on behaviour and learning in the classroom. On average, over the first 12 months of the project, SEND pupils improved in reading, writing and maths by over 1.5 National Curriculum sub-levels.

The Achievement for All programme will work with schools to support SEND and vulnerable learners in raising their attainment levels, and improving attendance, behaviour, peer relationships and participation in extra-curricula activities.

MirandaNet is proud to have been involved in the development of this project.

Go to the Achievement for All web site for more information and for a joining form.

BETT the educational technology showBETT Awards 2012

January 11 2012 Hilton Park Lane, London

MirandaNet is proud to be supporting this major event.

There are now just a few days to go until the entry deadline for the BETT Awards 2012. Entries have been streaming in from companies wanting to highlight their innovative products and showcase their achievements.

Further information...

ThinQuest Competition 2012ThinkQuest Competion 2012

Entry Deadline: April 25, 2012

MirandaNet Associate Oracle Education Foundation have been running an annual competion for several years now. The ThinkQuest Competition engages students to ssion Development, and several age groups, with valuable prizes to be won!

The competition is already open for applications, the entry deadline is Wednesday April 25, 2012, and the winners will be announced on June 20, 2012.

Further information about this competition...

BETT the educational technology showBETT Awards 2012

January 11 2012 Hilton Park Lane, London

MirandaNet is proud to be supporting this major event.

There are now just a few days to go until the entry deadline for the BETT Awards 2012. Entries have been streaming in from companies wanting to highlight their innovative products and showcase their achievements.

Further information...

CAL11 - The CAL Conference 2011

'Learning Futures: Education, Technology and Sustainability'

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK 13-15 April 2011

CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) (www.cal-conference.elsevier.com) is one of the leading international conferences in the field of education and technology. It brings together researchers across all education sectors, from primary years, to informal learning, to higher education, and across a range of disciplines from psychology to computer science, media and cultural studies. MirandaNetters are contributing to this conference in a number of ways including contributing to a knowledge map:

If your browser allows iframes, you should be able to see a preview of the map below. Click on the 'full screen' button to open it in a new tab and to use the full functionality of MindMeister Maps. &

Achievement for All resources from the Education Show, Birmingham, March 17th - 19th 2011

The Government proposes the biggest reforms to special educational needs in 30 years

Recently the UK Coalition Government published a Green Paper consultation about proposed reforms to Special Education Needs:

Severasl MirandaNet Fellows attended the Education Show in Birmingham March 17th -19th where they considered the questions raised in the SEN Green Paper from the perspective of digital technologies in association with colleagues from the Department for Education and the Achievement for All, National Strategy. You will find the programme here for the free CPD events as well as registration details:

There were six workshops over the three days where they created digital maps so that all the participants can share their knowledge. The maps can be viewed at:

The topics with an ICT perspective were on:

The MirandaNet team also ran the workshops on Thursday afternoon 17th March at 1300, when our topic was'ICT policy and practice in Achievement for All contexts’. In this workshop we paid tribute to what Becta has achieved and did some collaborative thinking about what the ICT community needs to do next.

Thursday March 17th
1000 – 1200: Achievement for All: policy and practice
Follow this link for the Session 1 Concept Map
Follow this link for the Session 1 Presentation

1400 – 1530: ICT policy and practice in Achievement for All contexts
Christina Preston, John Cuthell and Leon Cych: MirandaNet Fellowship
Follow this link for the Session 2 Concept Map
Follow this link for the Session 2 Presentation

Friday March 18th
1000 – 1200: Pedagogy
Follow this link for the Session 3 Concept Map
Follow this link for the Session 3 Presentation

1300 – 1530: Future views on SEN policy
Follow this link for the Session 4 Concept Map
Follow this link for the Session 4 Presentation (1.2MB)

Saturday March 19th
1000 – 1200: Educational Disadvantage
Follow this link for the Session 5 Concept Map
Follow this link for the Session 5 Presentation (6MB)

1300 – 1530: Achievement for All: Impact and practice following the Lamb inquiry
Sonia Blandford – National Director of Achievement for All
Follow this link for the Session 6 Concept Map
Follow this link for the Session 6 Presentation (0.9MB)

Archived News Items

MirandaNet News

A world-class teaching profession: UK Government consultation

MirandaNet members have been invited to reply to this consultation about the future of the teaching profession. The consultation is designed to find out if there is enough professional support for an independent College of Teaching based on research into internationally acclaimed education systems in Singapore, South Korea, Shanghai and in Finland. This will be given DfE backing if there is enough grassroots support and financial backing. MirandaNet have pledged some money already.

Responses to these questions by Wednesday 28th.
 
Q1. What are the greatest impediments teachers and schools face in regularly undertaking high-quality professional development?
Q2. To what extent, and how, do teachers currently evaluate their professional development? What would support more rigorous evaluation?
Q3. Where should the balance of responsibility lie between teachers, schools and Government for ensuring that appropriate professional development is undertaken? How, in the longer term, might responsibility sit with a new independent professional body?
Q4. Despite the growing reach of the Teaching Schools network, are there areas where coverage of schools would remain a concern? How could any gaps be addressed?
Q5. What should the funding criteria be for Teaching Schools wishing to draw on the new funding pot for professional development? Should there, for example, be a requirement for Teaching Schools to work with a predetermined proportion of schools which are not already “good” or “outstanding”?
Q6. Will teachers benefit from an online platform that collates and presents evidence-based best practice?
Q7. In addition to the proposals outlined here, what other approaches would help schools to remove barriers and incentivise effective professional development for teachers?
 
Please fill in your contributions here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZVYZTFV

You can read the full background to the DfE consultation and download the consultation document here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/developing-the-teaching-profession-to-a-world-class-standard


MirandaNet at BETT15

BETT 2015

For MirandaNet members BETT15 will be for sharing and learning

We  will be Tweeting information all the time on  #mirandanet

Please sign up to get the news,  and make the news….

Amongst the members adding to #mirandanet will be:

@MirandaNet1 @MirandaNetter @sarahyounie @TrishCharlton

In emergencies text 07806669088, 07714 204 514 or 07801336048 for information about the MirandaNet programme.

MirandaNet on the DfE stand

MirandaNet FellowshipThe DfE panels and the Ask the Expert Pods are all on the DfE stand near the main entrance.

Eleanor and Rose will be on the BETT DFE stand  in MirandaNet t-shirts so you can leave messages about finding the MirandaNet team and meeting up with each other.

MirandaNet on DFE panels

Wed
1100 Dylan Jones: Eduvation Consultants
1200 Roger Broadie, Broadie Associates

Thursday
1100 Dr Sarah Younie, Director of Research and Innovation, MirandaNet. Reader at DMU
1200 Dr Christina Preston, Professor of Education Innovation, Founder of MirandaNet

Friday
1400 Dr Sarah Younie, Director of Research and Innovation, MirandaNet. Reader at DMU
1500 Adrian Hall, MirandaNet Director

Mirandalink in the Ask the Expert pods

Members will be meeting up in the  Ask the Expert Pods on the DfEE stand at BETT15 to exchange views and hold meetings. All members who join us will also be able to comment on the draft of our new website. The times are: 

We do hope to see you there.

MirandaNet BETT15 Seminars

1) Free professional development programmes in ICT

Where: Schools Learn Live: Secondary theatre
When: 
10:00 – 10:45, Wednesday 21st January
At this session MirandaNet Fellows will explain how school leaders and teachers can make the most of opportunities for professional development through the free services...
Speakers:
Dr Sarah Younie, Reader in Education, Innovation & Technology  De Montfort University, MirandaNet Director of Research, Dr Patricia Charlton, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, MirandaNet Senior Fellow
MirandaNet Senior Fellow, Christina Preston Professor of Education Innovation, MirandaNet Fellowship Founder.

2) The benefits for ICT teachers in joining a MOOC

Where: Theatre: Learn Live: HE Learning Value and the Future Workforce FE
When: 11:30 - 12:15, Wednesday 21 Jan 2015
At this session MirandaNet Fellows will talk about their partnership with EU colleagues from Catalonia, Greece, Slovenia and The Netherlands in designing a MOOC...
Speakers:
Dr Sarah Younie , Reader in Education, Innovation & Technology  De Montfort University, MirandaNet Director of Research, Dr Patricia Charlton, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, MirandaNet Senior Fellow, Christina Preston Professor of Education Innovation, MirandaNet Fellowship Founder.

3) One term in: reviewing the new Computing Curriculum

Theatre: Schools Learn Live: Primary theatre
When: 16:00 - 16:45, Wednesday 21 Jan 2015

How are schools coping with the new Computing curriculum in England? What are the challenges, and how have they been, or could they be overcome?...

Chairperson: Terry Freedman, Independent Educational ICT Consultant, MirandaNet Fellow

Speaker(s):
Rachel Jones, Elearning coordinator, King Edward VI School|Dr Sarah Younie, Reader in Education, Innovation & Technology , De Montfort University & MirandaNet Director of Research |Tim Cross, Strategic Leader, Leigh Academies Trust|Ian Sillett, Education Advisor, onefourseven

4) Behaviour change: Creating a community to encourage educators to adopt technology and change their pedagogy

Theatre: Tech in HE
When: 10:30 - 11:15, Thursday 22 Jan 2015

Hear from our experts:

Chairperson:

Tim Marshall, CEO, Jiscom (Jisc Commercial Limited)

Speakers:
David Walker, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Sussex|Gavin Brooks, Chair of Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy Group/ Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading|Margaret Cox OBE, Professor of Information Technology in Education, King's College London, Senior MirandaNet Fellow|Kevin Morton, Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton|Jaya Kannan, Director of Digital Learning

5) The FUTURES debate-Bring your own device

Theatre: Bett Futures
When 15:50 - 16:50, Thursday 22 Jan 2015
Bring your own device continues to be one of the most debated and controversial topics in the world of edtech. Love it or hate it,...
Chairperson: Ty Goddard, Co-Founder, The Education Foundation
Speakers:
Kate Broadribb, Senior Leader of Learning, Wildern High School|Fraser Speirs, Head of Computing and IT, Cedars School of Excellence|Roger Broadie, Pioneer of BYOD, Naace, MirandaNet Fellow

BETT information

 Basic CMYK

Our associates, GroupCall, have sponsored the BETT15 map which is here

You register for free tickets here.

You can download the BETT App here

Tips on Survival at BETT15

Some great tips on survival here by IRIS here! @iris_connect stand E360

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Terry Freedman, Senior Fellow, has also written some articles to help you around BETT15

“Enjoy”, says Terry, “If you have any comments about it, please let me have them via email or our contact form. If you go to Bett, please consider sharing your thoughts with other readers, by contacting me using the link above. You can write a few paragraphs, a few bullet points, or ask me for more detailed guidance. The main specific things I’d say is please include links when you refer to a product or service, and please don’t say anything that could land either of us in the libel court.” Terry Freedman’s Getting the Best out of Bett 2015.

Dominic Norrish’s article has also been recommended on Twitter

*Incredibly* useful guide to  by  => What to see at BETT if you’re planning a 1-to-1 project

If you want to know more  about the new release of MirandaNet Lightspeed research Go to Stand A380

Lightspeed logo hi-res


Workshop: "Towards tomorrow's successful digital citizens"

A policy think tank that moves beyond digital literacy and coding
London Knowledge Lab, Tuesday 24th February, 2015
MirandaNet, IFIT, ITTE and International Baccalaureate in partnership

In the coming years we need to move beyond digital literacy and coding. Instead, we need to consider how to introduce young people to the kind of digital wisdom that will enable them to be successful citizens in tomorrow’s constantly evolving digital landscape.

The four organisers of this event, and the organisations to which they belong, share a common interest about how we could seek to develop tomorrow's successful digital citizens. The day will involve a series of short presentations, discussions and panels. It is also anticipated that some attendees may be able to join online.


MirandaNet Diary

MirandaNet at BETT15 21-24 January

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Once again, MirandaNet will be at BETT15, Excel Centre, London, 21 - 24 January 2015.

MirandaNet will be doing two seminars at BETT on Wednesday 21st January.

Free professional development in ICT

Date: Wednesday 21st January
Time: 10:00 – 10:45
Location: Schools Learn Live: Primary and Secondary theatre

At this session MirandaNet Fellows will explain how school leaders and teachers can make the most of opportunities for professional development through the free services.

Speakers:
Dr Sarah Younie , Reader in Education, Innovation & Technology  De Montfort University, MirandaNet Director of Research,
Dr Patricia  Charlton, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education , MirandaNet Senior Fellow
MirandaNet Senior Fellow, Christina Preston Professor of Education Innovation, MirandaNet Fellowship Founder.

The benefits for ICT teachers in joining a MOOC:

Date: Wednesday 21st January
Time: 11:30 – 12:15
Location: Learn Live: HE Learning Value and the Future Workforce FE

At this session MirandaNet Fellows will talk about their partnership with EU colleagues from Catalonia, Greece, Slovenia and The Netherlands in designing a MOOC.

Speakers:
Dr Sarah Younie , Reader in Education, Innovation & Technology  De Montfort University, MirandaNet Director of Research,
Dr Patricia  Charlton, London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, MirandaNet Senior Fellow,
Christina Preston Professor of Education Innovation, MirandaNet Fellowship Founder.

MirandaNet members are also involved in this item:

One term in: reviewing the new Computing Curriculum
Theatre:
Schools Learn Live: Primary theatre
When: 16:00 - 16:45, Wednesday 21 Jan 2015

How are schools coping with the new Computing curriculum in England? What are the challenges, and how have they been, or could they be overcome?...

Chairperson: Terry Freedman, Independent Educational ICT Consultant, MirandaNet Fellow

Speaker(s):
Rachel Jones, Elearning coordinator, King Edward VI School
Dr Sarah Younie, Reader in Education, Innovation & Technology , De Montfort University & MirandaNet Director of Research
Tim Cross, Strategic Leader, Leigh Academies Trust
Ian Sillett, Education Advisor, onefourseven

BETT15 is at the Excel Centre in East London.

Travel details are here.


MirandaNet at BETT15 21-24 January

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Once again, MirandaNet will be at BETT15, Excel Centre, London, 21 - 24 January 2015.

MirandaNet Fellows are involved in two seminars at BETT on Thursday 22nd January.

Behaviour change: Creating a community to encourage educators to adopt technology and change their pedagogy

Theatre: Tech in HE
When: 10:30 - 11:15,Thursday 22 Jan 2015

Hear from our experts:

Chairperson: Tim Marshall, CEO, Jiscom (Jisc Commercial Limited)

Speakers:
David Walker, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, University of Sussex
Gavin Brooks, Chair of Technology Enhanced Learning Strategy Group / Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading
Margaret Cox OBE, Professor of Information Technology in Education, King's College London, Senior MirandaNet Fellow
Kevin Morton, Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton
Jaya Kannan, Director of Digital Learning


The FUTURES debate-Bring your own device.
Theatre:
Bett Futures
When 15:50 - 16:50, Thursday 22 Jan 2015

Bring your own device continues to be one of the most debated and controversial topics in the world of edtech. Love it or hate it,...

Chairperson: Ty Goddard, Co-Founder, The Education Foundation

Speakers:
Kate Broadribb, Senior Leader of Learning, Wildern High School
Fraser Speirs, Head of Computing and IT, Cedars School of Excellence
Roger Broadie, Pioneer of BYOD, Naace, MirandaNet Fellow

BETT15 is at the Excel Centre in East London.

Travel details are here.


Workshop: "Towards tomorrow's successful digital citizens"

London Knowledge Lab, Tuesday 24th February, 2015

A policy think tank that moves beyond digital literacy and coding
London Knowledge Lab, Tuesday 24th February, 2015
MirandaNet, IFIT, ITTE and International Baccalaureate in partnership

In the coming years we need to move beyond digital literacy and coding. Instead, we need to consider how to introduce young people to the kind of digital wisdom that will enable them to be successful citizens in tomorrow’s constantly evolving digital landscape.

The four organisers of this event, and the organisations to which they belong, share a common interest about how we could seek to develop tomorrow's successful digital citizens. The day will involve a series of short presentations, discussions and panels. It is also anticipated that some attendees may be able to join online.


Fellows Corner

Christina Preston is part author of this paper published in First Monday, a peer-reviewed journal on the Internet:

Theories and Models Of Online Learning, Caroline Haythornthwaite with Richard Andrews, Bertram C. Bruce, Michelle M. Kazmer, Rae-Anne Montague & Christina Preston, August 6, 2007 First Monday, Vol 12 No 8 Chicago IL, USA

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