Apparently, according to statisticians, this is the most depressing week of year. In fact Monday (dubbed ‘blue monday’) was the most depressing day of the year. This is due to a combination of poor weather, post christmas debt levels and broken new years resolutions among other factors. The CLC are actually feeling quite smug today – we’ve had a rather fun week…
The 9th Robo Challenge
Tuesday marked the start of one of our favourite events of the year, our annual Robo Challenge competition run in partnership with IBM South bank. Now in it’s 9th year, the challenge invites teams of children from 9 London schools to IBM to compete in a variety of programming challenges using Lego NXT. This week it all began in earnest as teachers and volunteer mentors from IBM joined us at the CLC for the launch. Read more about last years’ challenge on our dedicated blog.
Vistors and special guests
On Monday evening, we hosted the Into Film teachmeet with teachers and cultural organisations from across London joining us to share best practise in film education. Green screen, the three c’s and film for MFL were the top topics.
On Thursday, we hosted teachers from Demark and Holland, who are visiting the UK to explore the use of technology in the classroom. Aptly, Telferscot Primary were busy designing and 3D printing viking jewellery that day!
The whole team have been been at BETT this week checking out everything new in EdTech and saying hello to friends and colleagues. Here are a few things we liked (pics below):
- The giant beebot
- The giant microbit
- PiTop computers – built for and powered by Raspberry Pi @GetPiTop
- The Padcaster – lens and sound attachment for quality filming on the iPad
- The Blended Learning Esstential Course from Future Learn
- Mike Guerena’s talk ‘Are we over digitising education?’ – exploring the benefits of tech and trees!
We were also back at the Gipsy Hill Federation this week, running an enormous technology twilight with 6 schools and working with SLT on their school newsletter and publicity material. If you’d like the CLC team in your school give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.