Big thanks to Dr John Potter of the London knowledge lab for letting me rant about the madebyeducators projects over coffee this lunchtime. I shamelessly ransacked his brain over a range of topics and he was most generous with his time and ideas.
We want to make educational resources that really work and that means research. My research methods skills are a little outdated and addled with years of teaching
A level psychology, so really not good enough for publication level research.
The good Dr pointed me towards several of his colleagues who would be amazing to
talk to and the MRes at ioe as an opening to a Doctorate.
To conduct research of any value I need further training, further training might be a distraction to 'getting stuff done'. 'Getting stuff done', has been the joy of
leaving teaching so I am loathed to go back to jumping through hoops, but the
MRes does sound rather hands on so it might be the way forward?
Plus the members of the knowledge lab are doing such exciting research it is really tempting to be involved, I would learn so much.
Given the rapid pace of change in the world of Ed tech 4 years can be a whole evolution in technology. A publication into the use of analytics in education or personalised learning on ipads in the classroom might be rather old hat by then.
My mantra of the moment has been to 'go where the energy is', I have energy to ensure we make useful resources, to explore the potential of mobile learning and a hankering to write up and formalise our project. But to give our resources the thorough 'shakedown', that I would want for the madebyeducators project would involve rigorous testing. This is one area in the app project that won't be solved by 'just googling it!'.