The CLC podcast episode 13: What is blended learning?

Presented by: Caitlin McMillan (teaching & learning consultant, Connected Learning Centre)

The phrase ‘blended learning’ is everywhere at the moment, but what does it actually mean? And how can educators make use of blended approaches going forward?

In this podcast, educators from the Connected Learning Centre discuss the different definitions of blended learning, pulling out the various strands and approaches that can be taken in the classroom.

Hear about the CLC’s BlendEd programme of free resources and support and learn more about how schools across northern Europe are approaching blended and personalised learning.

This podcast also rounds up some of the CLC’s exciting CPD opportunities on offer to teachers in the coming weeks, including the Computing and Online Safety conference and the BETT show.

If you’d like to hear more about the Empower to Learn project referenced here, check out our podcast with Katarina Sperling, project partner and International Project Coordinator at the Department of Education, Norrköping.

The CLC podcast episode 12: personalised learning in the classroom

Personalised learning in the classroom has become a hot topic, especially with the move to remote and blended learning. As lockdown hit, schools and educators were increasingly asking how to do remote learning in a way that really helps teachers have a personalised dialogue with students and enables feedback.

In this podcast, educators from London CLC, along with Katarina Sperling from the Department of Education in Norrköping, Sweden, tackle this exciting subject through the lens of the Erasmus+ project Empower2Learn (E2L), which has been looking at different approaches across Europe.

Hear about stories of promising practice which can help that personalisation process, including how a Swedish school developed a digital portfolio that made learning more visible to parents and a London's school's successful use of SeeSaw.

This podcast also rounds up some of London CLC's exciting CPD opportunities on offer to teachers this term, including virtual sessions around assessment and feedback,  a new to computing subject leadership course and a digital security for schools briefing.

Plus, early news of a new national programme of support to make sure teachers have the right tools and skills and pedagogy they need to ensure children can continue learning whatever the circumstances, and developments with the Tate Exchange programme for schools.


The CLC podcast episode 11: Creative uses of technology for home learning
The CLC podcast episode 11: Creative uses of technology for home learning

How are schools using technology in creative and innovative ways to stay connected to children and parents? In this podcast, recorded at the 2020 EdTechX Summit, London Connected Learning Centre's Caitlin McMillan talks to a head and a teacher from two London primaries about how they are maintaining a sense of belonging and teacher presence during lockdown. Ideas shared range from responding to the register with an emoji and five-minute tours of Peru to phonics tasks and dance routines from a class puppet called Chocolate Chocolate Button!Caitlin McMillan, teaching and learning consultant, London Connected Learning Centre

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London CLC podcast episode 10: What not to miss at Bett 2020

In our first podcast of 2020, get insider info on this year's Bett education technology show. We recommend the talks to catch and the people to see across the four days.

We also offer their top tips for surviving the show, based on years of Bett experience and the thousands of steps we've walked through the exhibition halls.

You'll also find out more about our own Bett sessions - a whole day of professional development across six workshops on Friday 24 January. Find us on the Professional Development Stage in North and South Halls:

  • 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
London CLC podcast episode 9: art and technology – what goes on at Tate Exchange?
London CLC podcast episode 9: art and technology - what goes on at Tate Exchange?

What happens when you give nearly 200 primary school children the freedom of a floor of Tate for two days? Creativity, learning and fun!

In this podcast Sarah Horrocks, London Connected Learning Centre’s co-director, and Caitlin McMillan, a London CLC teaching and learning consultant, discuss the annual Tate Exchange programme, in which a floor of the famous London gallery is given over to Tate Exchange associates to curate.

As long-standing Tate Exchange associates, in February we worked with 170 pupils from 20 schools to deliver our Making Moves workshop. Activities included digital sound manipulation, robot programming, animation, film and puppetry.

Hear in the podcast from children and their teachers about the experience and their highlights.

Sarah and Caitlin also look ahead to next February's Tate Exchange project, which will involve not only London primary schoolchildren but also children from Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark as part of the Co-Think Erasmus project. Together they will explore concepts of power, next year's theme, through art and making, both digital and analogue.

This podcast also rounds up some of London CLC's exciting CPD opportunities on offer to teachers this term, from a special project with First News to our ever-popular Primary Computing Conference.

London CLC podcast episode 8: Linda Liukas, Hello Ruby creator, on computational thinking and the coding backlash
London CLC podcast episode 8: Linda Liukas, Hello Ruby creator, on computational thinking and the coding backlash

Recorded in Tampere, Finland, Linda Liukas, creator of the Hello Ruby resources, discusses computational thinking, different practices across the world, her experience of the coding backlash and how her illustration and storytelling background helps her explain concepts.

Rowan and Sarah chat to Linda Liukas in Tampere.

Plus, London CLC's Sarah Horrocks and Rowan Roberts, who spent a day working with Linda in workshops at a school in Tampere, talk Co-think, the Erasmus project looking at inclusive teaching of computational thinking and different approaches in different European countries.

London CLC podcast episode 7: Discussing our TechPathways London programme with Mark Martin aka @urban_teacher
London CLC podcast episode 7: Discussing our TechPathways London programme with Mark Martin aka @urban_teacher

This episode of our podcast looks at London's digital industries and opportunities available to educators through our new TechPathways London project. Mark Martin (@urban_teacher) joined the conversation to give us some insights into how he works with industry to inspire his pupils.

Mark is perhaps better known to his 27,000 followers on Twitter as @urban-teacher; he’s also the co-founder of UK Black Tech, winner of the 2019 London Business Award…oh, and a computer science teacher in a Lambeth secondary school.

Listen as he shares his passion for connecting his students with digital careers and his commitment to bridging the awareness gap between young people in South London and the tech opportunities on offer locally, whether that’s the games industry or a bank looking for apprentices.

“Talent is everywhere. But the barrier is access and entry into these roles. Everyone needs to be in the room for these conversations. It’s common sense but to make it happen is a challenge,” says Mark.

Caitlin McMillan, TechPathways project coordinator, and Christian Turton, co-director of the London Connected Learning Centre, also discuss the digitisation of every career path and how having digital skills is an access point to a huge range of different jobs. The whole breadth of digital covers everything from animation to marketing, user experience to film and TV production It’s not just programming! They explain how TechPathways London aims to bridge the digital skills gap in London with the help of partners such as Google, IBM and the BFI and with free courses for educators.

London CLC podcast episode 6: what makes a critical learner in the digital age?

What’s a critical learner? What are the skills children and young people need to develop in order to question and safely engage with information they come across online? How can educators support them to develop these critical skills?

In this podcast experts from the award-winning London Connected Learning Centre look at the latest research to explore what’s different about criticality when it comes to digital, discuss the tools educators need to feel confident teaching information and media literacy in a digital sphere, and share how to help children to become more aware of the collection and monetisation of their data – all the while taking care not to raise the level of mistrust and disengagement in our current age of information crisis!

It’s a fine line to tread but in the podcast we hear about specific activities teachers can do with children of all ages to help them to understand how web pages are produced, how photos and videos can be manipulated and how easy it is for anyone to put anything online – and that with publication come responsibilities. The take away message of the activity is that people exist behind the web pages we browse. For every piece of text we read and every image that we see, someone has made a decision about putting it there and so, inevitably, there are choices, biases and personal opinions involved that need to be recognised.

The podcast draws on the acclaimed talk the London CLC team gave in the main arena of the Bett Show earlier this year, as well as the work of the News Literacy Network, of which London CLC is a member. The News Literacy Network brings together research organisations and those on the ground, such as educators and journalists, in a shared mission to empower and equip news consumers of all ages with the critical skills they need in the digital age.

Find links to all the resources and organisations covered in the podcast in the show notes below.

London CLC podcast episode 5: digital exclusion and entitlement
London CLC podcast episode 5: digital exclusion and entitlement

According to the recent Carnegie Trust report on digital inclusion, Switched On, 10% of households have no access to the internet and 11.3 million people in the UK lack digital skills. This has far reaching impacts. Increasing numbers of basic services, from benefits to housing, are accessed online, not to mention job searches and shopping around for the best value goods and services. Digital skills and access are becoming fundamental to participating in society, accessing services and connecting with friends and family.

“I’ve learnt that it’s never too late to start using a computer whether you’re 35 and want to brush up on your IT skills or 85 and want to learn how to switch on a computer. It’s always such a pleasure to see people gaining some new knowledge.” – Digital Champion

This podcast explores this critical issue - and how it can be tackled - through the lens of Lambeth's three-year Digital Champions project. Run by the London Connected Learning Centre it offered free training and support for all things digital. The course was co-created with its users and took place where they were: children's centres, libraries and job centres. The project also trained up learners on the programme to be paid digital mentors to deliver the sessions - people who could say "don't worry, I used to be where you are, I did it - you can do it too". The project was a huge success, delivering more than 2000 sessions, reaching more than 1200 people, and seeing significant increases in knowledge and confidence.

In this podcast you'll hear how this was achieved along with the views of some of the Digital Champions and those they mentored.

“What I enjoyed most about being a digital champion was being able to share my knowledge and being able to impact the community in which I live.” – Digital Champion

London CLC podcast episode 4: digital literacy
London CLC podcast episode 4: digital literacy

What is digital literacy and why is it important? How and where should it be taught - as a subject in its own right or weaved through computing, citizenship, history, English or all subjects? Should ‘fake news’ always be published in Comic Sans font…?

Having the skills to be critical about information that’s encountered online has never been more important. In the fourth episode of our podcast series, and our first of the new academic term, presenter Julia Lawrence and expert guests tackle this very topical issue and suggest a wide range of useful resources for teachers and parents.

Our blog post - What is digital literacy and what’s it got to do with fake news? - is a great companion read to this podcast.

London CLC podcast episode 3: technology use in the early years
London CLC podcast episode 3: technology use in the early years

Welcome to the latest episode of the London Connected Learning Centre podcast, in which presenter Julia Lawrence explores with expert guests how technology can be used in early years settings.  The discussion focuses on challenges and opportunities while also unpicking some of the debate around online safety and screen time for very young children.

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"Our children are going to exist in this digital world so they need to understand it and the best way to do that is by being creators not just consumers," says guest Sarah Horrocks. But how best to do that? In this podcast discover some practical ideas for ways in which technology can help very young children to look at the world more closely, capture it, show it to others and explain their world. You'll find out more about the power of audio at this age and the value of old digital cameras. You'll also find tips for great apps for use with this age group, from bringing the Hungry Caterpillar to life with green screen to using programming tools for problem solving. The podcast also discusses the controversial area of screen time for young children and the incredible collaborative benefits of family learning with technology.

London CLC podcast episode 2: girls and computing
London CLC podcast episode 2: girls and computing

Welcome to the latest episode of the London Connected Learning Centre podcast. What's turning girls off computing and what can be done about it?

In episode no 2 on gender and computing, presenter Julia Lawrence explores with expert guests the question of where children are getting the idea that computing is more for boys and the practical steps that educators can take to reduce the gender gap in computing.

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London CLC podcast episode 1: listen to the new London Connected Learning Centre podcast

Welcome to the first episode of our new monthly podcast series. In this introductory programme, presenter Julia Lawrence finds out more about London CLC’s approach to professional learning, the new iPad aimed specifically for schools, the IBM summer school for computing leaders and what exactly tennis, art and gardening have to do with computing.

Next month we’ll be looking at gender and computing, then the pedagogy of programming..
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02:55 Christian and Sarah reveal the tech that’s exciting them at the moment, including the new ipad, which is great for younger pupils to do drawing and other activities.
05:08 What makes good professional development? How does the London CLC’s sustained partnership approach work?
07:50 Hear from teachers and pupils about the benefits of CPD in computing and digital literacy, and the value of being part of a community of practice.
14:25 Sarah and Christian discuss the various elements of CPD, from confidence - encouraging teachers to have a go, find out and problem solve - to context and making it meaningful for teachers to apply the tech they have discovered.
17:02 Find out more about how London CLC works with programmes and partners such as Tate and IBM, including the Junior Developer Challenge and the IBM summer school (book now!)
19:45 How has the new computing curriculum changed how computing teaching needs to be supported? What do we know about how children approach programming, and what makes for effective practice?
23:20 Learn more about London CLC’s community of practice with ongoing courses and series of conferences throughout the year.
24:45 Hot off the press! We’re hoping to bring back the gamelan at the South Bank in the autumn...
25:55 Another exciting project starting soon is with IBM and Wimbledon around data analytics and sport. Groups of year 9 pupils will try to improve sport performance through data analytics, nutrition, social media etc and, as IBM do all the data analytics for Wimbledon, the pupils will go to Wimbledon every week.
27:10 Find out more about how we introduce technology into early years through our work with the Lambeth Garden Museum, using technology to look at all things gardening (read a blog post about this project).

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