Technology Pedagogy and Education Association

Our People

Jon Audain

Jon Audain is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of Winchester. For the last 20 years, he has worked in education as a primary teacher, Head of Year, Senior Teacher, Learning Platform/VLE Consultant and peripatetic music teacher in two different LEAs. In 2006, he was appointed as a county-based Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) specialising in Primary ICT within the third largest local authority in the UK. He has advised and worked with schools, teachers as well as award-winning children’s author Judy Waite and companies such as BrainPOP, 2Simple, Promethean, Rising Stars, Scholastic, MirandaNet and MESH. Jon is the author and collaborator of over 20 books, chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and papers including ‘The Ultimate Guide to Using ICT Across the Curriculum (For Primary Teachers): Web, widgets, whiteboards and beyond!’ (Bloomsbury) and ‘Jumpstart! Apps: Creative learning, ideas and activities for ages 7-11’(Routledge). Jon is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and a member of the Promethean Advisory Council/ActivAdvocate. He is the Chair of the Technology, Pedagogy in Education Association (TPEA), a national subject association for evidence-informed research and education technology as well as an executive board member for the Education Futures Collaboration ( He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching; a Fellow of the College of Teachers and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Christina Preston

Founder of MirandaNet
Professor Christina Preston has been at the forefront of education and technology for over 25 years. She is associate Professor of Education at De Montfort University in the new Institute for Education Futures. The MirandaNet Fellowship that she founded in 1992 has become a global thought leader in edtech with over 1,000 members in 80 countries and an outreach of more than 80,000 website visitors a year who read up to 10 screens. At the core of the members’ philosophy is the sharing of knowledge and change management based on grassroots evidence. The members research into the impact of technology and learning in classrooms and report on their findings for the global community. They also run practice-based research professional development programmes in schools when the practitioners become co-researchers.


  • ICT Tools for Future Teachers: Becta
  • The ICT CPD Landscape in England
  • Don’t lose the essence of what it means to teach
  • Creating resilience: professional communities for teachers to improve recruitment and retention: in Exploring Teacher Recruitment and Retention: Regional disparities and key challenges

  • Sarah Younie

    Professor of Education Innovation, De Montfort University

  • Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of ‘Technology, Pedagogy and Education’
  • Member of International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET)
  • BERA SIG: Co-convener of ‘Educational Research and Policy Making’
  • Co-founder of 'Education Futures Collaboration' (EFC) charity and Trustee

    Prof Younie has been involved in international and national teaching and research on educational technologies for thirty years, and involved in the use of digital technologies in educational settings for UNESCO, EU and UK government agencies, including Training and Development Agency (TDA, DfE), Becta, BBC, HEA and JISC. As the UK Chair of the National Subject Association of IT in Teacher Education (ITTE), she has conducted national research, including evidence for the Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into Education.

  • An invitation: research and development for self-improving education systems
  • Developing Evidence informed practice: engaging teachers with research
  • Overcoming barriers: towards a framework for Continuing Professional Development to foster teaching sound-based music
  • Mobilising Knowledge through Global Partnerships to Support Research-informed Teaching

  • Elizabeth Hidson

    Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Sunderland
    Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (SCITT)
    Assistant Programme Leader for the PGCE Education Independent Distance Learning (IDL)

    Elizabeth started her career in education as an IT teacher, progressing to ICT Advanced Skills Teacher, Lead Practitioner in ICT and later to assistant and deputy headteacher senior leadership roles. She was the chair of the Westminster Borough ICT sub-group for wave 3 of the Building Schools of the Future programme, responsible for the vision, procurement and implementation of a coherent ICT strategy across the borough’s eight secondary schools and a special school. Moving into academia, Elizabeth has been an educational technology researcher as well as teaching on PGCE, MA and doctoral courses at Durham University, Newcastle University and the University of Sunderland.


  • Video-enhanced lesson observation: moving from performance management to continuous teacher development
  • Video-enhanced observation: a case study of lesson feedback in a PGCE school placement
  • Video-enhanced lesson observation as a source of multiple modes of data for school leadership: A videographic approach

  • John Sibbald

    Specialist Leader in Education
    Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (SCITT)

    John has nearly thirty year of experience teaching and leading in North Manchester secondary schools. Ten years were spent working at the North West Manchester City Learning Centre researching the effective use of new and emerging digital technologies and how these impact on teaching and learning. In April 2010 he joined the team at Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey, leading on the development of the new Computing curriculum, 21st century digital skills, the ICT strategy and staff effectiveness and performance in the use of technology. John is passionate about how we can harness technology to improve teacher effectiveness and student outcomes including the development of 21st century learning skills.


  • Unblocking the digital talent pipeline
  • From real time to online - virtualising teacher standards and effectiveness