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Research Profile

  • 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.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Helen Caldwell’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.