Caitlin McMillan (teaching & learning consultant, Connected Learning Centre)
Sarah Horrocks (director, Connected Learning Centre), Peter Lillington (teaching & learning consultant, Connected Learning Centre)
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.
Blended Learning (CLC programme)
DigCompEdu (EU framework for teacher digital competences)
Further reading on blended learning definitions:
Exploration of different models of blended learning (Christensen Institute, US)
What Do We Mean by Blended Learning? | SpringerLink (S. Hratinski article 2019)
Blended learning in school education – guidelines (report EU Commission 2020)
Our support package covers the following:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.