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Minecraft and Architecture: the students perspective

Earlier this week, London CLC ran a ‘City Planning in Minecraft’ workshop with the year 5 class from Reay Primary school, Lambeth. At the end of the workshop, the teacher (Miss Coates) gave us some lovely feedback on how the use of Minecraft had motivated many, ordinarily very reluctant pupils, to write. This prompted us […]

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Emily and Joey’s Work Experience – at London CLC

Emily’s experience… I am currently studying for a BA in Primary Education at Kingston University and as part of my study I had to undertake a two-week placement in an ‘alternative setting’. One of my lecturers recommended the CLC to me. I am quite a creative person, but before this placement, I didn’t know how […]

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Straight into action after half term!

Coming into the final term of the year it’s all systems go. London CLC have been on the road this week with visits to: Haseltine Primary school to carry out Online Safety workshops with year 4 classes City Heights Academy where we started an Animation course Immanuel and St. Andrew CE Primary school looking at […]

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Work for an award-winning team: Teaching assistants wanted

Wanted: Creative Teaching Assistants £9.75 per hour/Casual basis We are looking for some lovely people to join our team on a casual basis to support our innovative digital programmes that support children and young people, their teachers and their families. The role will involve supporting teaching sessions both at our centre in Clapham Old Town […]

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Is your school’s IT a headache?

Why do most school’s technicians dread coming back to work after long holidays? It’s because nearly every time they are back to work there is a message waiting for them saying that there is something very wrong with the: internet/printers/servers/wireless… etc   Is it possible to prevent these situations?    The school IT network is […]

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TATE Exchange: Giving children free-choice and playing with ‘big ideas’

Being a TATE Exchange associate presented the CLC with a unique opportunity not only to reconsider and develop our practice but also to consider how our work fits into the wider world context. TATE asked its collaborators to ‘explore and illuminate’ the value of art to society. This provided us with an ideal starting point. […]

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Family Learning puts parents and children on an equal footing

Computing skills can often feel like the biggest gulf between parents and children, with the younger generation often being the ones teaching their elders, and parents feeling distant from a huge part of their children’s lives. This is where we come in. CLC Family Learning provides a place where learners can not only improve their digital […]

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IBM Robot Challenge X

The tenth and final IBM Robo Challenge takes place tomorrow. We have teams from 12 schools descending upon IBM’s South Bank building to take part in a series of robotics challenges. We received this email from Nicola Schofield at Merton Park, describing their teams experience preparing for the competition.  It was such a great description […]

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Book Creator online coming soon

Book Creator is probably one of the best apps I’ve used. I’ve returned to it time again whether creating rhyming books or recording science investigations. It’s a versatile tool, that allows for easy content creation across all curriculum areas and age groups.        Once complete, a digital notebook can be exported to iBooks, […]

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My work placement at London CLC

If I ever had any doubts over game based learning, a week at the London Connected Learning Centre has ensured there is none left. This week has taken me on a journey; whilst also learning for myself, I have supported children’s learning through the use of creative programming and design tools such as Scratch, Minecraft […]

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Chelsea School of Art meet Hill Mead’s digital leaders

In late January the CLC took ten digital leaders from Hill Mead Primary to Chelsea school of Art, home of the CCW Digital Maker Collective. The pop-up maker space is an open collaboration between UAL students and is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging engagement in digital. As part of a series of TATE Exchange exhibitions, […]

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Humanities Conference: Booking Open

The CLC 2017 Humanities Conference is less than a month away and places are going fast. Book yours now on our website. These popular conferences are ideal for any school staff with an interest in, or a responsibility for, geography, history and RE, as well as creative and cultural learning. This year workshops will explore Virtual […]

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Computing for all

On Radio 4’s Today program this morning senior lecturer at Roehampton University, Peter Kemp, raised concerns about trends in computing education at secondary schools. According to his research, fewer girls and students from ethnic minority and poorer backgrounds are now sitting GSCE computing. Since the government changed the curriculum from ICT to computing there has […]

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Creativity, Coding and Conversation at the Computing Conference

On the 6th of December we held the first of our two annual Computing Conferences. Bringing together computing leads from across Lambeth and beyond, the conference provides a great platform for teachers to share knowledge, gain skills, and be inspired to try out new technologies in the classroom. The day kicked off with talks from […]

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BBC features ReflectED metacognition project

The BBC World Service made a podcast about metacognition this week, including a report on the ReflectED project at Rosendale Primary school. ReflectED was developed by Rosendale primary school, with help from London CLC and the National Education Trust. The BBC program, part of the ‘World Hacks’ series, looks at the impact of various approaches to […]

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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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