Bett 2020 free CPD workshops – find out more, part 1

We’re partnering with Bett to deliver a day of award-winning CPD on Friday, 24 January and we’ll be bringing you six fantastic workshops led by our teaching, learning and technology experts. The sessions include:

  • Pedagogy and future software developers with Scratch, with Rowan Roberts
  • Storytelling with digital technologies with Sarah Horrocks and Caitlin McMillan
  • Enhancing primary history and geography with digital technologies, with Peter Lillington and Caitlin McMillan
  • Technology in early years with Sarah Horrocks and Louise Wade
  • Schools – saving time, working smarter, with Peter Lillington
  • Leadership of technology and digital strategy with Sarah Horrocks and Peter Lillington

In this blog post we’ll be telling you a bit more about the first three workshops, with more detail on the second three coming right at the start of the new year. 

The workshops are completely free and are run on a first come, first served basis so please do arrive in plenty of time before the start time to be sure to get a place. We’ll also have some very special offers lined up for Bett attendees so make sure you don’t miss out!

1. Pedagogy and future software developers with Scratch

Scratch coding example

Scratch is London 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. This talk will explore the ways that pedagogical approaches developed by the likes of KCL and UCL can get the most out of Scratch activities, with a particular focus on how children can learn to approach programming projects in a way that will get them thinking and working like future software developers. 

London CLC teaching and learning consultant Rowan Roberts has consulted software industry professionals to come up with a range of practices that can turn a good Scratch programmer into a great one. She’s turned it all into a brilliant free online short course for Tech Pathways London. You can get a taster of the course and of Rowan’s Bett CPD talk in her long read blog post: Code like a pro: Scratch for future software developers.

This session will also be informed by our involvement in the UCL Knowledge Lab’s ScratchMaths research project.

2. Storytelling with digital technologies

Stories are at the heart of so much that we do and children have an innate drive to create, tell and retell stories. While storytelling is as old as human culture itself and requires nothing more than an imagination, digital tools can help us to tell the stories in new forms, from creating Minecraft worlds to devising animations. We can create story worlds, record our own audiobooks, be inspired by a wealth of digital media and share our digital publications. 

Through working with children in schools on digital aids to storytelling, we’ve discovered some key ways that digital technology can support, inspire and enhance story work in the classroom. 

Think about how a silent film could encourage empathy, deduction and inference and allow children to use their imaginations to fill the gaps, create backstory and decide what happens next (try Robert Showalter’s poignant short film The Lonely Robot, above!)

Covering the making of digital books, the creation of virtual worlds and the use of technology to structure and plan, this workshop will explore these tools and practical ideas for using digital to support storytelling in your setting across a variety of different technological media.

Get a taster of some of the tools London CLC’s director, Sarah Horrocks, and teaching and learning consultant Caitlin McMillan will be covering in this session in their blog post: Four practical ways digital tools can inspire stories in the classroom.

3. Enhancing primary history and geography with digital technologies

This workshop will explore how digital technology can enhance the teaching of history and geography using digital tools you already have in school as well as highlight the plethora of free online resources available. From using Google maps to travel around the world to creating digital timelines and bringing figures from history back to life with green screen, chatterpix and film, we’ll be supporting you to create resources and explore ignored corners of history and geography education.

The workshop will also include options such as film making and blogging that support synthesis of knowledge from a range of sources and empathy with historical events.

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Upcoming CPD

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

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.

14/06/22,
09:15
- 15:30
EYFS, KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.

Presentations

The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

24/06/22,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Subject leaders, Teachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
25/11/21,
09:30
- 14:25
KS2

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum
21/02/22,
-
KS1

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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