Remote learning: useful links for schools

There’s a wealth of remote learning information available to help school leaders and teachers with guidance and resources.

We’re collating the best of the bunch and we’ll be updating the list regularly throughout the lockdown period so do keep checking back. 

We also feature a remote learning roundup in our newsletter each week. You’re not already a subscriber? Sign up at the bottom of the page!

Finally, don’t miss our Essential Guide to Remote Learning and other helpful resources on our Remote Learning page

Remote learning strategies

  • Do you use Seesaw for Schools? Its remote learning guide is here and it is worth noting that children can log in with a QR code so these could be sent home as paper versions or sent via SMS to parents. 
  • Google has created a very clear resource, Teaching at Home, which is a temporary hub of information from setting up your workspace to teaching and collaborating. This guide to using Google Meet / Hangouts for online parent-teacher conferences is also useful.
  • The TES complete closure planning guide is, indeed, comprehensive. It looks at risks and benefits of technology and suggests using the school website as a core information point for parents and pupils, including access to teaching resources.
  • Good advice from LGfL about setting up home learning. Schools are encouraged to ask themselves what stage they are at in their use of digital technologies.
  • This Edsurge podcast is aimed at higher education but is full of excellent advice on using video platforms for remote learning, including keeping live teaching short, maintaining eye contact and using polls to keep students engaged. There’s a transcript for a quick skim.
  • Mark Anderson has produced this handy chart, showing some of the tools you can use for delivery, testing and communication. 
  • EdTech UK / ISC’s March bulletin was sent before the school closedown but contains interesting tips from Kellett School in Hong Kong, which closed earlier in the crisis.
  • Education Week’s six lessons learned about remote learning during Covid. Make sure everyone can log on. Even basic tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Classroom require some legwork to get teachers ready to use them. Keep parents informed. Ask pupils what they think.

Remote learning resources

  • The Department for Education has published an initial list of free online educational resources to help children to learn at home, broken down into specific subjects (English, maths, science, PE, wellbeing, SEND) and by key stage.
  • Teach Middle East has a list of resources and experts.
  • A collection of applications that are offering free premium or unlimited access during school closures.
  • 46 ideas for teaching online, divided into resources for pupils, resources for teachers and sharing videos
  • A good list of apps and websites for texting, messaging, and communication that make it easier for teachers to send out assignments, reminders, and progress reports and communicate with parents and students.
  • Out of Eden Learn offers collective learning experiences for students aged 3-19
  • Coronavirus is creating a unique challenge for students with special needs, and for their parents/carers who may be trying to educate at home without the additional support provided in school. This collection of recommendations for apps to support learning at home comes mainly from US educators but is a really good starting point.
  • Book Creator premium is now free for 90 days. This version allows users to work together on books in real time, and Book Creator has also collated some ideas for how it can be used for remote learning.

Curriculum resources

  • Into Film have made a number of their members-only resources freely accessible. They are divided into primary and secondary content – most require no tech and pdfs could be downloaded onto devices
  • Apple’s everyone can create resources can be downloaded as Apple Books then accessed offline. If the school is loaning Apple equipment (eg iPads) this could be useful for those who may not have reliable internet
  • Explore Westminster Abbey through its new, free teaching resources
  • Minecraft is making its educational worlds available free, with 12 digital lessons available to download until the end of June.
  • The National Literacy Trust has put together this handy set of resources to help teachers and parents make the most of audiobooks to support children’s literacy.

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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.

14/06/22,
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EYFS, KS1, KS2
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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.

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,
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KS1, KS2
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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,
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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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