London CLC podcast episode 4: digital literacy

Presented by:

Sarah Horrocks, London CLC director
Peter Lillington, teaching consultant
Caitlin McMillan, teaching consultant

Show notes

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.

Links to resources mentioned in the podcast

Center for Media Literacy definition of media literacy
http://www.medialit.org/media-literacy-definition-and-more

Andreas Schleicher – The OECD thinks schools should teach how to evaluate news on the internet. Good idea, but it’s not the whole answer
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/02/the-guardian-view-on-the-uses-of-literacy-knowing-how-you-know

LSE Media Policy blog – Media literacy: everyone’s favourite solution to the problems of regulation
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/mediapolicyproject/2018/05/08/media-literacy-everyones-favourite-solution-to-the-problems-of-regulation/

Machine Learning and Human Intelligence by Rose Luckin
https://www.ucl-ioe-press.com/books/education-and-technology/machine-learning-and-human-intelligence/

BBC iReporter
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-8760dd58-84f9-4c98-ade2-590562670096

The Economist Education Foundation
https://economistfoundation.org/

National Literacy Trust Fake News group
https://literacytrust.org.uk/policy-and-campaigns/all-party-parliamentary-group-literacy/fakenews/

Fake news and critical literacy: final report
https://literacytrust.org.uk/research-services/research-reports/fake-news-and-critical-literacy-final-report/

Education for a Connected World Framework
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/683895/Education_for_a_connected_world_PDF.PDF

Digital Literacy scheme of work from SWGfL
https://digital-literacy.org.uk/

Book on eventbrite for our free CPD Making the News workshop:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-the-news-free-cpd-session-for-ks2-teachers-tickets-50164247615

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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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The News Project
25/11/21,
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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.

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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?
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 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

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