Book reviews

We are always keen to report on members. publications.  MirandaNetters are invited to contribute book reviews to this section of the website…

In A-Z order of first authors’ sirname.

The ultimate guide to using ICT across the curriculum

Jon Audain


Jon has packed into this book a wealth of exciting and creative ideas that will enthuse teachers and pupils alike. His easy style makes the book very readable. The publication is timely and teachers who use it will feel well prepared to plan and execute some motivating lessons using ICT. Read more…

A Call to Action

Teaching with Technologies: the Essential Guide

Marilyn Leask and Sarah Younie

Between them over the last three decades, authors, Leask and Younie, have held posts in schools, universities, national agencies and local government in England as teachers, senior managers, teacher educators, government project managers and researchers. As a result they bring a variety of perspectives to the subject of teaching with technology. Based on the broad knowledge and experience they have accumulated, they identify and record the essentials of theory, practice and research that an educator will require to practice well in the networked and personalised age that is now emerging in the twenty first century. Read more

Practical Design Patterns for Teaching and Learning with Technology

Yishay Mor, Harvey Mellar, Steven Warburton and Niall Winters (Eds)

This fascinating book provides plenty of evidence that ‘these are challenging times in which to be an educator.’ I’d recommend it to anyone who is grappling with the value of new technologies whatever their teaching and learning style. I have found this essential reading alongside my involvement in the pilot of the EU LLL HandsOn ICT MOOC. Yishay Mor has designed this MOOC as a learner-centred activity, a notion that is widely and deeply examined in the text. The combination of these two learning activities has made me far more optimistic and confident that technologies used well can enrich learning and teaching processes.

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Narrative Ecologies: Teachers as Pedagogical Toolmakers

Keith Turvey

Books are an excellent technology to use on trains and buses where wifi and seats are intermittent. So for the last thirty years I have reviewed erudite books and journal papers about digital technologies on my journeys from home to London and back. In all that time I have never become so absorbed in an academic treatise that I have missed my bus stop, until now. Read more...