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

Presented by:

Sarah Horrocks, London CLC director
Christian Turton, London CLC deputy director

Show notes

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).

Links to resources mentioned in the podcast

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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.

- 15:30
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.


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
Subject leaders, Teachers...

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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