The week in brief…best of december

The penultimate week of term has seen plenty of Christmas jumpers grace the CLC office but we aren’t on holiday just yet, still plenty of exciting technological happenings.

But first a round up of our best December Twitter stories…

Social media

Julia delivered more social media training with SLT from Crawford Primary, focusing on using Twitter to promote your school. Top tip? Always share content which is useful and relevant – readers don’t like being sold to but they’ll remember organisations who give good advice.

Animating evolution and a spot of games design

On Tuesday we did our first Evolution Animation session with Cathedral Primary producing some beautiful films to send back to school and enhance their topic work. While would be r 1 programmers from Barnes Primary joined us and created their own imaginative video games. Play them here!

Our favourite pupil response of the week ended the session:

Child 1: ‘When I grow up I want to be a games designer!’

Child 2: (very earnestly) ‘I want to be a midwife’

It wouldn’t do if we were all computer enthusiasts I suppose…

Keeping tabs on the tech team

Next week we welcome our brand new technician Harminder to the team, he’ll be helping us keep tabs our centre equipment in tip top condition and out and about in schools making sure your lessons and admin run smoothly. We have space to take on technical services in one more school from Spring, if you are thinking of changing your tech provider call us for chat.

What have they been up to this week?

‘Working on the ElCapitan image, dual boot, and testing new conference kit’

Sounds good!

And finally exciting offers from our friends at National Portrait Gallery

World Book Day 2016

Wed 2 March 2016
10.30 – 12.30
(60 mins author/ illustrator led session followed by structured self guided activity in the Gallery)

Bring your pupils to meet cartoonists, illustrator/ authors Knife and Packer, the creators of over 30 books for children including Zac Zoltan, Captain Fact, Freak Street and Fleabag Monkeyface.  This interactive lecture theatre session focuses on their new work Badly Drawn Beth, exploring how drawing and portraiture can help inspire pupils to shape and develop their stories and characters rather than simply illustrating them.

£40 per class of 30 pupils
Max 90 pupils

Primary Teachers’ CPD Drawing Workshop

Sat 6 2016
11.00-16.00 (with a break for lunch not provided)
(60 mins author/ illustrator led session followed by structured self guided activity in the Gallery)


Join us for a one day practical CPD workshop designed for educators without much portraiture drawing experience or those who would like to refresh their approach to teaching portraiture and drawing in the primary classroom.  Working with a practising artist, this practical one day workshop will develop your portraiture drawing skills for use in the primary classroom. Looking at both traditional and more expressive approaches you will gain confidence in easy to follow basic steps in portraiture.

£75 per person (including booking fees and all materials)




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