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Ms. Helen Caldwell

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer in Education (ITE - ICT)
  • Department: Teacher Continuing Professional Development

General information

Helen has over 15 years teaching experience and held an ICT Co-ordinator role for nine years, working across a group of schools to develop their capability with ICT. She was an assistive technology advisor for Milton Keynes Council and a regional and web portal manager for the Open University Vital CPD programme.

Helen’s university teaching and CPD work covers the use of technology across primary school subjects, implementing the computing curriculum and assistive technologies for SEND. She is a member of the Primary National Curriculum for Computing in ITT Expert Group supporting tutors and trainees in ITT in preparing for the new curriculum and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Her research interests include eLearning and social networking in Higher Education, and computing and digital literacy in Primary Education. 


Programme leader:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Computing

Module Leader:

  • ITT1020 Early Years ICT and Pedagogy
  • ITT1025 Computing/Technology Enhanced Learning and RE/PSHE
  • ITT2037 Computing/Digital Literacy and RE/PSHE


My PhD research project:

  • Optimising the online creation, dissemination and transfer of innovative pedagogies in technology education within technology-enhanced learning communities

Funded education projects:

  • 2015/16 Teaching with Tablets MOOC (Innovation Fund)
  • 2015/16 Digital Leaders across Boundaries (Innovation Fund)
  • 2015 Let’s Teach Primary Computing MOOC (Department for Education)
  • 2015 Barefoot Computing Workshops (British Computer Society)
  • 2014/15 Best Practice across Europe: eTwinning in ITT (British Council)
  • 2014/15 Network of Excellence Master Teachers (British Computer Society)
  • 2013 Technology Outdoors (Innovation Fund)
  • 2013 Stem to SteAm (Innovation Fund)

Current MA Research student supervision projects:

1. How does the use of digital technologies affect the social development and interactions of primary school children with identified communicative difficulties?

2. Rethinking pedagogy in the 21st Century: A case study exploring early childhood practitioners’ technological journeys of experience and digital culture.


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  1. Caldwell, H. (2018) Mobile technologies as a catalyst for pedagogic innovation within teacher education. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL). 10(2), pp. 50-65. 1941-8647.
  2. Caldwell, H. and Grantham, S. (2018) Planning computing in the national curriculum. In: Sewell, K. (ed.) Planning the Primary National Curriculum: a Complete Guide for Trainees and Teachers. 2nd ed. London: SAGE. pp. 194-205.
  3. Caldwell, H. and Bugby, M. (2018) The use of technology to build digital communities. In: Sykes, G. and Teszenyi, E. (eds.) Young Children and their Communities: Understanding Collective Social Responsibility. London: Routledge.


  1. Smith, N., Caldwell, H. and Richards, M. (2017) A comparison of MOOC development and delivery approaches. In: Childs, M. and Soetanto, R. (eds.) Online Learning for Stem Subjects: International Examples of Technologies and Pedagogies in Use. London: Routledge. pp. 101-112.
  2. Smith, N., Caldwell, H., Richards, M. and Bandara, A. (2017) A comparison of MOOC development and delivery approaches. International Journal of Information and Learning Technology. 34(2), pp. 152-164. 2056-4880.
  3. Caldwell, H., Bird, J. and Mayne, P. (2017) Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools. 2nd ed. London: SAGE. 9781473970403.
  4. Caldwell, H. and Cullingford-Agnew, S. (2017) Technology for SEND in Primary Schools: a Guide for Best Practice. London: SAGE. 9781526402363.
  5. Caldwell, H. and Smith, N. (2017) The online learning hive: transfer to practice within a MOOC community of educators. In: Morris, L. and Tsolakidis, C. (eds.) ICICTE 2017: International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education: Proceedings: Rhodes, Greece - 6-8 July, 2017. ICICTE. pp. 160-169.


  1. Turner, S. J. and Childs, K. (2016) Artists. In: Caldwell, H. and Smith, N. (eds.) Teaching Computing Unplugged in Primary Schools: Exploring Primary Computing Through Practical Activities Away from the Computer. London: Learning Matters. pp. 51-72.
  2. Smith, N. and Caldwell, H. (2016) Literally stepping through algorithms: visualising algorithms with sorting networks. Math+Code ‘Zine. 2(1)
  3. Caldwell, H. and Smith, N., (eds.) (2016) Teaching Computing Unplugged in Primary Schools: Exploring Primary Computing through Practical Activities away from the Computer. London: SAGE. 9781473961708.
  4. Caldwell, H. and Heaton, R. (2016) The interdisciplinary use of blogs and online communities in teacher education. International Journal of Information and Learning Technology. 33(3), pp. 142-158. 2056-4880.


  1. Caldwell, H. and Bird, J. (2015) Teaching with Tablets. London: SAGE. 9781473906792.


  1. Caldwell, H. and Honeyford, G. (2014) Blogging to support digital literacy in schools and universities. In: Younie, S., Leask, M. and Burden, K. (eds.) Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School. 2nd ed. London: Routledge. pp. 24-38.
  2. Caldwell, H. and Honeyford, G. (2014) Computing and digital literacy. In: Smith, P. and Dawes, L. (eds.) Subject Teaching in Primary Education. London: SAGE. pp. 43-64.
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