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Connected Learning Centre is part of Education Development Trust and we support schools and other settings in using digital technologies creatively and critically. We provide outstanding curriculum support, technical services and professional development.
We aim to embed technology use into all areas of the curriculum, following the principle that every young person deserves the digital skills and critical mindset necessary to prepare them for life. Our curriculum workshops and professional development programmes are effective, engaging and always based on sound pedagogical research. Our technical team offers expert, independent advice with best value in mind.
Diving deep into all things computing, this conference will consist of two sessions. Participants can choose to join us for the full day, or book for just the morning or afternoon separately.
Online Safety & Data Security (am)
This session is for computing subject leaders, senior leaders, safeguarding leads and other relevant school staff. Falling in the lead up to Safer Internet Day 2022 (Tuesday 8 February), the morning of the conference will have a particular focus on online safety, bringing together a variety of external resources with expertise from within the CLC team to help schools get to grips with the complexities of online safety and data security.
Leading Computing in the Classroom (pm)
This portion of the day is for computing subject leaders and teachers interested in the use of technologies across the curriculum. It will include policy and curriculum updates as well as practical workshops and opportunities to hear from colleagues in other schools.
Learn how technology can help children develop their ideas, express themselves, share a love of literature and review and reflect on their work using a range of digital tools. This forum, for English subject leaders and teachers interested in using technology to enhance their pupils’ learning, will combine practical activities, group discussion and expert input from CLC practitioners. We will share findings from some of our research projects and explore the resources developed by partner organisations. Topics covered within this session will also address the challenges and solutions for schools within the context of blended learning.
Scratch is CLC’s go-to tool for teaching KS2 computing in a way that is flexible, encourages creativity and provides the complexity to challenge pupils and teachers alike. Scratch is also well suited to blended learning. This session will help teachers gain a more detailed understanding of Scratch, including some of the new features available in Scratch 3. It will link these new skills to some of the big ideas in computing, with classroom activities that exemplify these links.
CLC’s science forum is an opportunity for primary science subject leaders to share their expertise and work with a London CLC tutor to investigate a range of digital technologies that can support science teaching and learning in class and at home. The open forum format allows teachers to discuss a range of issues, and share their ideas and solutions. The discussion will be followed by a CLC-led practical session, which will demonstrate how pupils can use digital technology to research, test and present scientific ideas.
This session is for teachers who lead on creative arts subjects and will include guidance on how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in class and online at home. It will be facilitated by London CLC specialists and will draw on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions. Teachers will have the opportunity to try a range of tools, as well as sharing their experiences and expertise with colleagues from other schools.
Discover how digital technology can be used to support the teaching and learning of humanities subjects in class and online at home. This event provides opportunities for geography, history and RE teachers to learn about curriculum developments, share their expertise and participate in hands-on technology workshops. We will also introduce experts from partner museums and galleries who will share exciting opportunities to work with their organisations.
This forum provides an opportunity for EYFS practitioners to discuss and evaluate the use of technology in developing young children’s communication, creativity and problem-solving skills. The session will provide opportunities to explore and develop a series of technology-based activities to take back to your early years’ setting.
This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.
Understanding the complex issues around online safety is of paramount importance to schools. This briefing session for NQTs will focus on raising awareness of the issues while providing support and guidance on effective teaching of digital literacy and online safety including in a blended learning context . In addition, the session will support new teachers in understanding how to keep themselves safe and protect their professional reputation.
This training session will help teaching assistants develop the skills and confidence to support learning in the KS1 computing curriculum. Practical workshops will embed the principles of the computing curriculum in a variety of hands-on activities using a range of appropriate hardware and software. This session will also include information on how to support blended learning using digital tools.