Exploring Education Futures: first thoughts

Exploring Education Futures: linking digital technologies, grassroots practice and the making of policy

Where to find the resources?

Articles are being prepared on these subjects

  • Assessing the current ICT curriculum offer to UK schools – Ian Lynch
  • ICT professional development in the 21st century- Rachel Jones and Matthew Pearson
  • International ICT curricula are not reflecting the exponential changes in how people learn in the 21st century – Iris Lanny, Andrea Forbes and Dr John Cuthell
  • Digital ways of increasing the impact of research findings for an international audience – Dr Marilyn Leask and Dr Sarah Younie
  • Social learning and publication at graduate and post graduate level- Dr Andrea Raiker

Publication will be announced on the front page of Mirandanet when they are ready…

The next event on these themes will be at BETT13 30th January to 2nd February

The November programme follows:

Exploring Education Futures: linking digital technologies, grassroots practice and the making of policy

November 5th – 7th 2012

Supported by MirandaNet Associates: Iris Connect, Gebol, Ko-Su, My Knowledge Map, LightSpeed, Oracle, Steljes, Story Spinners, Texas Instruments and Toshiba.



This event will be a three day professional development event at which we are proposing new ways of working collaboratively to influence policy and practice. The participants are educators, developers of digital education technologies and government representatives.

This process has been developing over the last thirty years. The work at this conference will take further the issues that have been raised at a variety of meetings in 2012:  the MirandaNet conference in Prague; two Education Futures Collaboration in London and Wolverhampton;  and,  meetings about initiatives being developed by the Department of Education to explore evidence-based education.

The themes are:

  • embracing emerging theories about learning;
  • ICT professional development programme design;
  • digital approaches to building and sharing professional knowledge;
  • developing strategies to underpin an independent evidence based profession;
  • introducing new learning opportunities whilst safeguarding identities, wellness and safety;
  • managing tensions between the demands of computer science, digital literacy and information technology in a changing ICT landscape;

It is anticipated that further areas of interest will be generated through the course of the conference.

Conference fee and dinner    Register here

Hotel booking only here. Special prices – book now.

Participants’ notes. Look here before you write your abstract.

The programme

MONDAY 5th Nov: 1000 – 1630 MirandaMod 1700 – 1830

Exploring Education Futures: emerging technologies and their implications for practice. An international industry/education/government symposium

Opportunities for educators to debate their practice and engage with the developers of emerging technologies as well as policy makers– with a  plenary as an open online debate called a MirandaMod.

1000 – Coffee, networking and tabletops

1100 -1115 Introduction Professor Uvanney Maylor, Institute for Research in Education (IREd)

1115 -1130  Making an impact on ICT policy and practice: Dr Andrea Raiker


1130- 1300 Session One:  Symposium on international ICT policy led by Dominic Savage, Chair of BESA (to be videostreamed).

Input on relevant issues about ICT policy and practice from industrialists, developers and educators:  Graham Newell, Iris Connect; Gerlinde Gniewosz, Ko-Su; Graham Breakenridge, LightSpeed; Tom Holland, My Knowledge Map; Iris Lanny, Oracle; Ian Lynch, Getting European Business Online; Rachel Jones, Steljes; Maria Brosnan, Story Spinners; Abi James, Toshiba; and, Andrea Forbes, Texas Instruments.

1300 – 1400 Lunch, networking and table tops

1400 – 1630  Session Two: Case studies in emerging technologies and their implications for practice.

Andrea Forbes, Glenys Hart and Rosie Beach, Gerlinde Gniewosz, Bob Harrison, Gareth Medd, Graham Newell, Roger Turner, Katya Toneva, Lawrence Williams (about 7 mins each)

1630 – 1700  – Coffee, networking, tabletops and setting up the MirandaMod

1700-1830 – Session Three: MirandaMod: Digital technologies and  practice. Where are we? Who are we influencing?

Introduced and chaired by Dr Chris Yapp

This is an interactive session  between MirandaNetters in Bedford and colleagues from around the world.

You can watch the replay here. The MirandaMod starts 30 minutes in to the recording.

Participants: Bob Harrison, Toshiba; Eva Dakich, Victoria University, Melbourne; David Obst, Technische Universität, Dresden;  Poncelet Ileleji, Gambia; David Longman, Swansea University; Liam Murphy: Dan Ainscow; Fiona Aubrey Smith; Katya Toneva.

2000 Conference dinner at the Park Inn Hotel

TUESDAY 6th Nov 0930 – 1700


Exploring Education Futures: engaging practitioners and developers in collaborations to develop effective policies to shape  professionalism. 

Policy international symposium to be video streamed followed by workshops

0930 Coffee, networking and table tops

1000-1130 Session Four: Symposium on international ICT policy led by Vanessa Pittard, Department of Education, UK, and other international speakers: Dr Katya Toneva, Bulgaria; Dr Bozena Mannova, the Czech Republic; Professor Carsten Trinitis, Germany; Dr Noeline Wright, New Zealand (to be videostreamed).

1130-1200 Coffee,  networking and table tops

1200 – 1300 Session Five: Research Education Futures: new ways of impacting on education policy and systems: Professor Marilyn Leask, University of Bedfordshire (to be videostreamed) including  Education Futures Collaboration team tasters about collaborative working online  to include methods to scale up small scale research through linking academics and teacher researchers through Research and Development and Review Groups (R&D&R). The particular focus will be researching the pedagogical and professional value and impact of iPads and similar devices in education settings. Another focus will be on developing MESH protocols and procedures. MESH – Mapping Educational Specialist knowHow.

Dr Ian Terrell: Developing the protocols for RaDaR Research Projects – focusing on the Mobile Devices in the Support of Pedagogy

Kevin Burden: Frameworks for conceptualising the impact of personal learning devices in classrooms: the iPad Scotland National evaluation

1300 – 1400 Lunch, networking and table tops

1400- 1415 Strategic Professional Development for Innovation: Proposition for a 21st Century Model; Professor Rosie Rafferty

1415 -1430 Matthew Pearson on Professional Development perspectives.

1445 – 1500 Theo Kuechel on Visual Learning

1500- 1515 Coffee and networking

1515- 1700 Session Six: working groups with introductions by the leaders

Five themes emerged from the last MirandaNet unconference in Prague called: What the 21st century teacher needs to know?

  • embracing emerging theories about learning led by Dr Andrea Raiker;
  • continuing professional development programme design led by Rachel Jones;
  • digital approaches to building and sharing professional knowledge lead by Matthew Pearson;
  • developing strategies to underpin an independent evidence based profession led by Professor Marilyn Leask;
  • introducing new learning opportunities whilst safeguarding identities, wellness and safety led by Professor Carsten Trinitis;

Delegates to the conference in Bedford have requested a sixth theme intended to encourage debate about the unexpected changes to the ICT curriculum:

  • managing tensions between the demands of computer science, digital literacy and Information technology in a changing ICT landscape led by Theo Kuechel

1800 Networking meeting for our associateship companies

1930 Meet in the hotel bar for choice of local restaurants in Bedford

WEDNESDAY November 7th: Day Three

Education Futures Special Interest Groups: planning next steps to impact on policy and practice including identifying funding opportunities.

0900 – 0930 Coffee, networking and tabletops

0930 – 1200 Working on reports and funding proposals for special interest groups developing strategic plans for future activity in the areas that have been identified as important on the previous day.

  • continuing professional development in ICT led by Rachel Jones
  • building professional knowledge led by Matthew Pearson
  • developing theories of learning led by Dr Sarah Younie
  • developing an evidence based profession led by Professor Marilyn Leask plus R&D&R MESH group
  • managing tensions between the demands of computer science, digital literacy and Information technology in a changing ICT landscape led by Theo Kuechel.
  • safeguarding identities, wellness and safety led by Carsten Trinitis

1200-1300 Session Seven: Plenary by group leaders on the way forward.

1300 Lunch and departure (except for those wishing to join the Education Futures Collaboration)

1300-1600 Education Futures Collaboration – open meeting. Update on progress, projects and 2012-2013 plans.

Background papers

You can read an articles about issues raised in Prague here.

Conference notes

The unconference will be held at the hotel where accommodation has been booked at Unconference prices at the Radisson Park Inn, Bedford on the River Ouse.

Unconference rate: single room and breakfast £50 a night single: £60 double.

£35 for the conference dinner on Monday 5th  November at 1930

Informal supper in Bedford on Tuesday 6th November

£185 unconference fee for the three days (£155 for Education Futures Collaboration, University of Bedfordshire staff, and MirandaNet members; day rate £70/£55 members. (If you are a student request details about student rates).

Table top and speaking opportunity for companies £90

Conference fee and dinner   Register here 

Hotel registration only here

Email Professor Preston about speaking opportunities and any other questions: christina@mirandanet.ac.uk

Note: MirandaMod online joining instructions

Here are the details of the Flashmeeting for the November 5 MirandaMod:

“A booking has been made for 05-Nov-12 at 16:30 (GMT +0000) and lasting 119 minutes.

This booking is for 25 people to use the application FlashMeeting.

Go to the following address for full details and to access the event:


A .ics calendar file can be downloaded prior to the meeting from the above address.

Although guest entry is available into the meeting, attendees who do not already have an account may wish to create one prior to the meeting so that they can Sign In to the meeting and have access to all the meetings features etc. A link to create a Sign In account is available via the meeting web page.”

You’ll see that I have booked it to start 30 minutes before the MirandaMod is due to kick off. It will give you time to upload any files you wish to use, familiarise yourself with the functionality, and so on. You can also set up your own account if you don’t already have one.

Those of you want to present let me know and I’ll put you into the schedule. Aim for a 10-minute presentation slot. I hope to have a live stream sorted out as well. Bear in mind the time-lapse between live streams and Flashmeeting, and the clash between the speakers and microphone on your computer. These then relay themselves to everyone through an ever-worsening loop. Some of you may remember the problems that we had in an earlier MirandaMod last November. Use a headphone/microphone setup and you’ll avoid that problem. As will we.   Email Dr John Cuthell john.cuthell@mirandanet.ac.uk

A professional development event organised by the MirandaNet Fellowship, Education Futures Collaboration, and the Future Learning Research Centre, University of Bedfordshire Bedford, Polhill Avenue, Bedford, MK41 9EA, UK Bedford, UK. 

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