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Metacognition research published

Metacognition research conducted with help from London CLC has improved attainment in maths – but had negative impacts on reading. The ReflectED project was run by Rosendale Primary School, with help from London CLC and the National Education Trust. The evaluation report, published earlier this month, found pupils made an average of four additional months progress in […]

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Cross-curricular computing

Our Winter Computing Conference is coming up on Tuesday 6th December, our theme is cross- curricular computing. Computing is full of cross-curricular ideas, like perseverance, problem solving and creativity. We also think that computing makes most sense when it is in context. Other subject areas can give this context. Each workshop at the conference will focus […]

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Teachers know when tech has value; we don’t need to lecture them.

On Sunday, as Microsoft launch their new Education Edition of Minecraft, Tom Bennett (widely referred to as “the government’s behaviour tsar”) called the game a “gimmick” which will “get in the way of children actually learning”. He called for teachers to “drain the swamp” of such distractions in order to support their pupils’ ability to stay […]

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Ideas for writing with primary pupils

This week we’ve been thinking about literacy and writing using technology. Our English conference took place on Tuesday, sparking fantastic discussions around digital writing and creative stimuli, while our ongoing partnership with Into Film has had us working with PGCE students and teachers to deliver film CPD for literacy attainment. Here are a few ideas […]

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English Conference: Writing and reading across the curriculum

Building on the popularity of the CLC’s previous professional development sessions to support reading for pleasure and writing, this academic year we are running a whole-day conference for English subject leaders and teachers interested in literacy. The conference will explore the current context of the English curriculum and showcase practical ideas to encourage a book […]

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Digital Leaders Philharmonia Virtual Reality Day

On Monday, 26 September our Digital Leader Programme launched at the Southbank Centre. Over 50 children from six London schools had the opportunity to explore the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new interactive exhibition ‘Universe of Sound. The CLC Digital Leader Programme supports children and young people who have taken on a role championing the use of digital […]

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Happy New Term – Get going with our award – winning CPD

After a restful summer, the London CLC team are glad to be back, ready for a new school year. The Autumn term will bring with it a wide variety of CPD opportunities through our range of training courses for teachers. Book now by emailing Kim Morrison@londonclc.org.uk – Free to SLA schools! New to Subject Leadership in […]

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Education, Arts and Technology: Free conference for arts education specialists

Education, Arts and Technology Opportunities and risk in the digital age  Wednesday 28 September 1pm – 5.15pm FREE If you want to explore the use of digital within your programmes and are interested in how schools are using technology within and beyond the curriculum, this free half-day session is for you.  Targeted at education and learning departments within creative […]

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London CLC and South London Raspberry Jam’s Family Hack Day

On Wednesday 27th July we were thrilled to host a Autism and Tourette’s Syndrome friendly Hack day with South London Families, working with South London Raspberry Jam. The day kicked of with a chance for the children to explore a range of technology and activities including virtual reality headsets, Web Design and Makey Makey electronics. […]

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Free Film CPD with Into Film

This academic year London CLC are partnering with Into Film to offer film and animation training entirely free to educators working with young people aged 5-19 in schools, youth or community groups. Filmmaking has the power not only to increase educational attainment for pupils across the curriculum but also to empower teachers with an exciting new […]

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Still time to join our award-winning Computing Summer School

IBM computing summer school, an intensive 4-day course running 12th to 15th July at IBM HQ on the south bank. This is the 3rd year we have run the  award-winning course at IBM HQ. The course was originally part funded by the DfE and is now funded by IBM. By attending this 4 day course teachers will have the opportunity […]

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Summer Computing Conference and Game Changer Challenge

Computing Conference This week computing subject leads joined the CLC team for our bi-annual Computing and New Technologies conference. It was an excellent day full of learning, exploring and sharing. We were delighted to be able to showcase the latest classroom technologies including the new Lego Wedo, Robotic Arm, Gravity Sketch, Virtual Worlds with Google […]

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Computing and Technology Conference Summer 2016

Our highly popular, bi-annual, Computing and technologies conference will be held next Wednesday 15th June 9am – 3.15pm, here at London CLC. These conferences are aimed at Computing/Technology subject leaders, heads of department and teachers interested in the use of technologies across the curriculum. The conference will include keynote speakers, policy and curriculum updates, practical sessions […]

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We’ve become a CAS Hub!

TATE Exchange The CLC are delighted to be part of the TATE Exchange programme. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Follows from Camberwell College of the Arts at University Arts London presented on the collaboration that had already taken place between the CLC and UAL. We had a wonderful day discussing future plans with fellow associates. You can […]

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Vacancy for a teaching and learning consultant for computing and technology

Salary: Up to £37,000 depending on experience. Job application submission date: Monday 23rd May 5PM Interview date: Thursday 26th May London Connected Learning Centre (CLC) is expanding its programme for schools and is looking to recruit a full time teaching and learning consultant for computing and technology from September 2016. London Connected Learning Centre (CLC), […]

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What we’ve been up to and what is coming up at CLC

What’s coming up at CLC in summer term? The sun is shining and there is plenty to be excited about as we head further into the summer term.  Here is a little round-up of some of the exciting CPD events we have planned. CAS Lambeth Hub Launch: Introducing the Micro:bit – Thursday 19th May – […]

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Launching Game Changer Challenge

Game Changer Challenge This week we were delighted to launch our very first Game Changer Challenge competition for our SLA schools. Teams from 5 Lambeth schools will be designing their own, original computer games before pitching them to a panel of their peers and guest judges. We’ve got some top-secret and very exciting prizes up […]

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Micro:bit, Into Film and TATE collaborations

Welcome back everyone, hope you all enjoyed the break. The CLC team had a restful and productive Easter, making sure the building and our equipment is in tip top condition for Summer term. We have some very exciting announcements to start the new term. Firstly, we are delighted to announce that the CLC will be […]

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Music, Movies and Microscopes

Pupil Workshops The week kicked off with html coding, creating websites, and learning that we can’t trust everything we read on the internet! On Tuesday, Blossom’s Year 2 class from Kings Avenue took a closer look at the patterns found in nature using microscopes, and Rowan oversaw some smashing computer games created on Scratch Jr. Musical […]

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Film-making, data-logging, coding and costumes

Pupil workshops Louise had a great start to the week working with one of our new Lewisham schools, Haseltine Primary, very creative Beebots mats and clever problem-solving.  Later in the week we spent the day in Lark Hall Primary trying to find the best plant growing conditions using data loggers, then on world book day some […]

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Virtual worlds, blockify and evidence and assessment

Straight back in at the deep end this week! Virtual Reality and the Microbit Half term gave the team plenty of opportunity to experiment with some new ideas. Rowan has been working on all things virtual reality, looking at ways to incorporate Google Cardboard into exciting learning experiences for pupils next year. Meanwhile, Joe and […]

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Join the CLC team! And happy half term

E-Safety It’s been a fantastic week of E-Safety at CLC as we celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. We had fantastic conversations with pupils, teachers and parents about staying safe online. Don’t forget to check out our E-safety resources or get in touch to book you own in school internet safety session. Animation We had a […]

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Games Galore: scratch, minecraft and raspberry pi

Scratch This week we’ve been going a little deeper into our favourite games and exploring how they are made in Scratch with pupils from St Helen’s, Christ Church, Hill Mead.  Fantastic mouse skills, lots of creativity and plenty of problem-solving went into the games design workshops with year 1 and 2. Minecraft Meanwhile, students from Reay […]

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Digital leader takeover, family learning and town planning.

Digital Leader Takeover This week Digital Leaders from 15 schools took over the CLC as part of our Digital Leader Academy, professional development sessions just for children. This year the focus was on internet safety day, which is coming up in February. The Digital Leaders took the opportunity to learn more about E-safety and discuss action […]

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Announcing the 9th annual Robo Challenge!

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 – […]

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E-Safety: Safer Internet Day 2016

Schools have a huge responsibility to help their pupils navigate the risks that pupils and their parents and carers face as the explore the ever-growing on-line world.  The CLC have a wealth of experience helping children and young people to become responsible and respectful digital citizens and address concerns around core issues such as content, […]

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Google Cardboard lands at CLC and BETT is upon us

Google Cardboard With the weather finally getting colder and Christmas firmly behind us the CLC team found a unique way to escape the January blues this week with the long awaited arrival of our Google Cardboard.  Potentially the world’s coolest piece of card, it allows users to experience virtual reality on their smartphone. We love […]

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The week in brief…Frogs, rocks and soil.

It’s been another busy week at the CLC as our new workshop; ‘Patterns, Shape and Form in Rocks and Soil‘ continues to rock the world (pun intended). This week it was the turn of year 3 from Sunnyhill Primary to explore minerals under the microscope. Meanwhile Jessop Primary got to grips with local geography before […]

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Winter Computing and Technology Conference

Winter Computing and Technology Conference Thursday 3rd December 9am – 3.15pm London CLC, Rectory Grove, Clapham SW4 0ELSpecial Offer 50% off £112.50 (usual price £225) Click Here to Book The CLC’s popular computing and technology conferences are aimed at computing/technology subject leaders, heads of department and teachers interested in the use of technologies across the […]

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Alpha Products London Technology Day

Alpha Products will be running a London Technology Day at our centre in Clapham on Friday 11th December. The event will showcase some of the latest technologies for education, as well as providing useful insights on overcoming some of the key issues faced by schools implementing new technology. If you would like to attend please […]

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Hurrah we won a Dragon Award!

The London Connected Learning Centre, in partnership with IBM have been awarded a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for their work supporting primary school teachers in the teaching of Computing. The CLC has been working with IBM for nearly 15 years, supporting their community team in delivering their CSR programme.  The Dragon Award for Education and […]

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Tech – Advice and News from London CLC’s Technical Team

Boost your Bandwidth! As you are probably well aware, with the shortage of school places in London and the plans in place from existing schools to expand in order to accommodate this demand, schools are growing – and with that, so must their technology and the core infrastructure that supports it. London schools are extremely […]

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The week in brief…an early start

It was a very early start this Monday as the whole team made their way to the Southbank for the final celebration of the ReflectED research project in partnership with Rosendale Primary and the National Education Trust. The action packed day saw pupils, teachers and headteachers from 28 schools from across the country gathering together […]

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