The making of a MOOC

The scenario of being asked to use a virtual learning environment, a set of laptops or devices, or indeed an interactive whiteboard is likely to be a familiar one to teachers. More familiar still might be the expectation that this technology is used in your teaching and the research evidence supporting its effective use is... Continue Reading →

Monthly Twitter Collections

Each month, I collate blogs, research papers, and reflections from the education community on Twitter. I began doing this for participants and mentors on the Chartered Teacher programme with the Chartered College of Teaching so that we could share interesting content that aligned with their areas of work at each point of the programme. We were... Continue Reading →

Where can teachers and educators locate existing research?

Open access unless otherwise indicated. An ever-growing list.   BES (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis) The New Zealand Ministry of Education's best evidence synthesis iterations draw together, explain and illustrate through vignette and case, bodies of evidence about what works to improve education outcomes, and what can make a bigger difference for the education of all... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Reasons to Hold an Open Classrooms Week

First published in Teachers Matter Magazine, New Zealand in 2014 The best kind of professional development is that which is accessible, engaging, and provides sufficient time for reflection. So often, we focus on the students’ learning that there’s little time left for us to consider our own. It was in March 2013 that Reading College... Continue Reading →

Transforming Teacher Education – Mentoring

A few weeks ago now, I completed the 'Transforming Teacher Education' course with Sheffield Hallam University and the Education and Training Foundation. Week 1- From Teacher to Teacher Educator and Observation Skills Week 2- A Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Identity and Developing English and maths skills Online session- Use of Technology One of our online... Continue Reading →

Transforming Teacher Education – Technology

This was one of the online weeks for our 'Transforming Teacher Education' programme and one of the easier weeks for me to engage in. It has made me consider how well our Teacher Education programmes really prepare our future teachers to develop their digital skills though. Through recent engagement with the Jisc's guide to developing... Continue Reading →

Transforming Teacher Education – Week 2

You can read about week 1 here In this face-to-face session as part of the Education and Training Foundation funded programme, delivered by a number of University partners (mine being Sheffield Hallam University), we began by exploring the design of an Initial Teacher Education curriculum. What is it that trainee teachers need and how could... Continue Reading →

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