Jon is currently a Senior Lecturer in Primary ICT and Music at the University of Winchester. His area of expertise is working with and mentoring teaching students with a focus on ICT, Educational Technology and music. He has worked as a VLE/Learning Platform Consultant within Hampshire and is a former county-based Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) specialising in Primary ICT, where he supported primary schools across Hampshire. As an experienced primary teacher Jon and regularly spends time in schools, teaching and supporting staff and children. He frequently works as an ICT consultant, freelance writer and Promethean trainer across the UK. Within music, Jon works as a freelance musician and conductor. He performs in a range of different ensembles from saxophone ensembles, rocks bands through to a flute, oboe and piano trio. Jon previously worked for Hampshire Music Service as a Listen2Me instrumental teacher and still teaches for Portsmouth Music Service as a woodwind teacher.
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. Publications:
Professor of Education Innovation, De Montfort University
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. Publications:
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. Publications: