When lockdown hit in March 2020, all schools had to make important decisions quickly. From choosing appropriate tools and platforms, and using them in a safe way, to upskilling teachers and ensuring that children could access the learning, senior leadership teams confronted challenge after challenge. We provided the schools we work with, like Rosendale, a firm foundation from which to make the right decisions for their community.
“I was immediately greeted with the news that in the last seven days pupils had made a total of 10,000 posts, 7,000 comments and 8,000 likes.”
When CLC’s teaching and learning consultant Rowan Roberts logged on to Rosendale primary school’s SeeSaw at the end of April, she was moved to find that, as well as all the evidence of great remote learning in action – photos of drawings, voice recordings and maths solutions – the pupils were using the platform to stay connected with their peers. Some posted pictures of craft activities they had been doing with their families, shared things they had seen while out on a walk or recorded birthday messages for classmates. Teachers were also using the comment function for feedback and to respond to the children’s messages.
It was both satisfying and poignant. CLC has provided Rosendale with curriculum and technical support for more than 10 years (and worked with the school on a successful research project). We had introduced Rosendale to the SeeSaw platform and trained their teachers to get the most out of it. Now we could see in action how they were using this technology to its fullest in helping to keep their school community together during this period of unprecedented difficulty.
“Home learning is going well for us and we have really got to grips with the technical aspects of it. Aaron on site has been a total legend and is a pleasure to work with. His support is second to none and I can't speak highly enough of him. I know we can rely on CLC for any support or ideas we may need moving forward.”
- Matt Ellis, computing lead
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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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.