Dr Natalia Kucirkova
Dr Natalia Kucirkova graduated in Psychology, holds a Masters in Research Methods and a Doctorate in Education. She worked at the Oxford University Education Department, pursued a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is currently working as lecturer in developmental psychology at The Open University, Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology. Her research concerns innovative ways of supporting shared book reading and the role of personalisation in early years. She is particularly interested in fostering children’s trans-media experiences and identity growth. Natalia’s research has been published in a variety of outlets and inspired the development of the Our Story tablet/smartphone app.
Natalia is particularly well-placed to edit this book given her extensive networks and own expertise –on both practical and theoretical level- of the topics described. She has developed an educational app to demonstrate a research concept behind her Phd and effectively engaged national and international school principals, caregivers and research funders in a collaborative digital learning project. She has been commended for her engagement with teachers and parents at a national and international level.
Oliver Quinlan graduated in History, holds a Masters in Education, and PGCE and PGCAP teaching qualifications. Starting his career as a school teacher, Oliver then became a lecturer in Education at Plymouth University. In this role he was awarded the ‘Vice Chancellor’s Award for Inspirational Teaching’. He is currently working at UK charity Nesta on Digital Education research, exploring the impact of various technologies on the outcomes of young people in schools.
Throughout his career Oliver has maintained what has grown into a well known education blog, themes from which were developed into a book ‘The Thinking Teacher’, that was published in 2014. Both his blog and his online presences on networks such as twitter have been integrated into his research practice and dissemination. He also managed the use of social media on an initial teacher education programme at Plymouth to collaborate with students and empower them as digitally agile students and teachers. Oliver was social media lead for the ‘PELeCON’ e-learning conference for two years, and writes for various publications both online and in print.