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

Maths and digital technology forum for primary teachers
Maths and digital technology forum for primary teachers

The maths forum provides an opportunity for maths subject leaders to share their expertise and investigate new opportunities for digital technologies to support maths teaching and learning in class and online at home. The forum combines discussion with colleagues about school-wide progress in mathematics, with hands-on activities led by a CLC teacher, demonstrating how technology can be used to support maths. Activities will include programming in Scratch 3, which offers a practical way to illustrate and explore key mathematical concepts such as shape, space, position and direction.

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Using technology to enhance assessment and feedback in primary schools
Using technology to enhance assessment and feedback in primary schools

Discover how digital technology can change the way we assess pupils’ work. We will demonstrate how teachers can use technology to monitor, evidence and respond to pupils’ progress in school and learning online remotely, and how pupils can use technology to present and reflect on their learning. We will outline a range of approaches to help assess and evidence learning across the curriculum.

- 11:30
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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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