Coming Event: MirandaNet Symposia (9th July)

MirandaNet are partners in the EU Hands-On project that is aiming to:

  • Provide a holistic environment for teachers skills development in ICT;
  • Integrate of ICT tools into teacher and learning;
  • Match ICT tools to pedagogical practice;
  • Enable collaborative strategies;
  • Promote learning by doing.

The Mirandanet Hands-On team have organised four events on July 9th in Bedford with an expert audience of teachers and teacher educators. In these symposia and the MirandaMod our intention is to share our first ideas with colleagues to help the Hands-On team to base their developments on existing professional knowledge.

The programme on July 9th starts with three MirandaNet symposia. These activities provide us with an opportunity to understand educators’ points of view and use them to feed into Hands-On policy on the use of digital technologies in education. We are also looking for teachers who might be motivated to join the Handson Pilot – especially those who will make good mentors. Threaded through all the symposia will be a theme of creativity in learning using digital technologies.

  • The first symposium, Creative practice in classrooms, is an opportunity for teachers to demonstrate how they have integrated of ICT tools into their teaching in the classroom. At the end we will ask them to brainstorm on how a Hands-On environment can help them to mentor and share practice and what kinds of tools they will need to do this. We will also ask them what kinds of online communities of practice they already belong too and what the benefits are.
  • The second symposium, Using digital technologies creatively in the fields of inclusivity and SEN, is a similar opportunity to explore how teachers are how they have integrated of ICT tools into their teaching in the classroom. At the end we will ask them to brainstorm on how a Hands-On environment can help them to mentor and share practice and what kinds of tools they will need to do this. We will also ask them what kinds of online communities of practice they already belong too and what the benefits are.
  • The Third symposium, What should be in a Computing Curriculum for teachers and students is an effort to look at the changes that are taking place in many countries where ICT teachers are now expected to be teaching Computer Science.At the end of this session will ask teachers to consider how a Hands-On environment might help them to learn how to deliver these new curriculum directions.
  • The collaborative learning event, the MirandaMod, Digital Pedagogy and Creativity, is designed to enable collaborative strategies amongst the professional participants.The tools of Twitter, Google Hangouts, collaborative remote authoring of professional knowledge maps and video streaming as well as some practical activities. Participants will be encouraged at the end of the event to consider the tools that have been used for this collaborative professional learning ways and to consider what tools and processes might be useful in the HandsOn environment.

Collaborative exercise in

All the participants on this fay will be co-researchers helping the Hands-On team to understand better what tools and content teachers would find valuable in a community of practice environment, HandsOn. This day will therefore be a fact-finding exercise to explore the potential of HandsOn for teachers to improve their professional practice in ICT. In this context, the symposia are designed to come to a group view about the most important issues that need to be considered when we view all the speakers’ perspectives.

All the participants in the day will fill in a HandsOn project questionnaire and a report will be written afterwards and all the videos and the map will be available. We hope that some of the teachers who attend will become the mentors of the first stage of the pilot and others will join the second stage.

Joining Details
Theo kuechel <theo.kuechel@gmail.com>  will provide information on  Mirandalink and Twitter on how to log on to  the live video stream, the connections for the concept map and how to join in the MirandaMod online in Google Hangouts. There are only six places for contributors – please let Theo know if you want to speak.  Of course the Hangout will be broadcast live and anyone can watch from anywhere, and will also be available on YouTube after the event.

The programme for our day can be found at this URL with the draft ITTE programme to download if you are staying all x3 days…
http://www.mirandanet.ac.uk/researchexchange/events-2/bedford-itte-conference-8th-10th-july-2013/mirandanet-symposia-at-itte/

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