The CLC podcast episode 13: What is blended learning?

Presented by:

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


Sarah Horrocks (director, Connected Learning Centre), Peter Lillington (teaching & learning consultant, Connected Learning Centre)

Show notes

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.

Links to resources mentioned in the podcast

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Upcoming CPD

Computing and Online safety conference for primary schools
Computing and Online safety conference for primary schools

Diving deep into all things computing, this conference will consist of two sessions. Participants can choose to join us for the full day, or book for just the morning or afternoon separately.

Online Safety & Data Security (am)
This session is for computing subject leaders, senior leaders, safeguarding leads and other relevant school staff. Falling in the lead up to Safer Internet Day 2022 (Tuesday 8 February), the morning of the conference will have a particular focus on online safety, bringing together a variety of external resources with expertise from within the CLC team to help schools get to grips with the complexities of online safety and data security.

Leading Computing in the Classroom (pm)
This portion of the day is for computing subject leaders and teachers interested in the use of technologies across the curriculum. It will include policy and curriculum updates as well as practical workshops and opportunities to hear from colleagues in other schools.

- 15:30
Business leaders, Computing subject leaders...
English and digital technology forum for primary schools
English and digital technology forum for primary schools

Learn how technology can help children develop their ideas, express themselves, share a love of literature and review and reflect on their work using a range of digital tools. This forum, for English subject leaders and teachers interested in using technology to enhance their pupils’ learning, will combine practical activities, group discussion and expert input from CLC practitioners. We will share findings from some of our research projects and explore the resources developed by partner organisations. Topics covered within this session will also address the challenges and solutions for schools within the context of blended learning.

- 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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