Putting British edtech on the map


Want to see, at a glance, the nearest edtech mover and shaker to you? With the Education Foundation’s new edtech interactive map you can do just that. It plots the people, products and projects around the UK that are making a difference in the edtech world, with the option to click on the points to discover more information. You can also zoom in and pan around the map to get a sense of where edtech activity is clustering.

The edtech interactive map follows the launch last week of the British #Edtech Badge, a pilot initiative to raise the visibility of the vibrant British edtech sector, focusing on safety and articulating impact.


We were delighted to host its launch at London CLC HQ at an evening celebrating the prestigious Edtech 50 report, which shines a spotlight on those pioneering a new future in education through technology (and we are very proud to have received a judge’s commendation for our work).

Speakers included the Education Foundation’s Ty Goddard (@ty_Goddard), introducing the initiative and highlighting the importance of edtech to the British economy, Jisc’s futurologist Martin Hamilton (@Martin_Hamilton), and our own Sarah Horrocks (@s_horrox), talking about the work of London CLC.

Osi Ejiofor, assistant head, teacher of Stem and creator of Osi’s Tech Tips (@osistechtips) gave an inspiring talk on making a difference in education. He described his journey from community worker to school leader, how digital helps move learning forward and how he has used #edtech to help learners from disadvantaged backgrounds to thrive. Henry Platten from @eCadets talked about the importance of community, how children can support each other with online safety and the free, safe social networking platform @joinbubble.


Launching the British Education Technology Edtech badge. Credentialing integrity, safety, research, impact in education technology #edtech50 @ty_goddard pic.twitter.com/PUaCBM66wi

— London CLC (@LdnCLC) June 13, 2018

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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.

- 15:30
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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.


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.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
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Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

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

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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