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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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Where in the world have the team been this week?

The CLC team have been on the road this week with Joe, Louise and Sarah travelling North to Manchester to run the first of our two IBM Computing Summer Schools for primary teachers. It was a fantastic 3 days of talks, workshops and sharing with teachers reviewing the course as ‘Inspiring and Informative’.  Don’t worry […]

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The CLC week in brief 15th – 19th June It was busy start to the week – Monday saw St Mark’s CE year 6 getting to grips with computer networks, Ashmole year 4 completing some tricky Robot Challenges and two year 2 classes from Lark Hall using microscopes to explore patterns in nature and create […]

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Join us for our Summer Computing & Technology Conference – 11th June

Computing and Technology Conference Thursday 11 June 9am – 3.30pm at London CLC TO BOOK email: Kim Morrison kmorrison@londonclc.org.uk These popular conferences for Computing/Technology subject leaders, heads of Computing/Technology and teachers interested in the use of technologies across the curriculum will ensure that colleagues are fully informed about the very latest in technology in education. […]

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EdTechExpo South London – Thursday 23rd April

The CLC are delighted to be partnering with Hill Mead Primary School and Elementary Technology to run EdTechExpo for South London schools. It’s a fantastic opportunity to view the latest technologies and network with suppliers and other local schools in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We hope to see you there! Hill Mead Primary School […]

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Barnes Year 5 – The Internet on Film

This week, the Year 5s from Barnes Primary School visited the CLC to learn about the internet and to make films about what they discovered. To start the day off, pupils drew what they thought the internet looked like. We had some amazingly varied and creative responses, ranging from lists of numbers to a big brain […]

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“It only takes a minute…” Battery saving tips for tablets

So if you have iPads in your school,  android tablet devices, or even a smartphone, you may find yourself having to charge these types of devices every single day. In school, this can be a nightmare, especially in a school environment where iPads are split over classes and used for prolonged periods. Here are some […]

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Guest Bloggers: Henry Cavendish Year 2

We at the CLC had lots of fun programming Bee Bots and designing games with year two students from Henry Cavendish Streatham. Here’s what they had to say about it. “At the CLC, we had a great time making treasure maps. We drew on lots of obstacles such as dragons, crocodile pits and sea monsters for […]

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Building a computer? It’s as easy as Pi for Sudbourne KS2 pupils.

This term London CLC welcomed year 5 and 6 pupils from Sudbourne school, who showed off their talents as engineers, programmers and game developers. The first task of the day was to put together a set of components including a Raspberry Pi to create a working computer. Pupils had to understand the function of each […]

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New ‘Nature Nurture’ Family Learning Course: going wild on Clapham Common

  We’ve been delivering a new Family English and Maths course based on Forest School principles and with a significant component of outdoor learning.  The course has been designed and delivered by CLC lead tutor Louise Gray, supported by children’s tutor and CLC adult assistant tutor Sue Burd and was delivered at the Spinney on […]

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Year 5 Architects Redesign the National Gallery at London CLC

We’ve kicked off the term with a range of exciting activities for our visitors who, so far, have included two talented teams of robot programmers from Reay Primary School, some Key Stage 1 graphic designers from Kennington Park and, on Tuesday 23rd September, Hill Mead’s brightest and best Year 5 architects. The challenge in store […]

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Testing a Visualiser: VidiFox i-3130

I was delighted to have the opportunity to trial the VidiFox i-3130 visualiser in my classroom especially after attending a session at the CLC where the many features were demonstrated and explained and I left there feeling very inspired. I found that it was fairly easy to set up and use although I did find that at times it […]

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New York / London Scratch games link up

At last week’s London CLC technology and computing teacher conference, keynote speaker Miles Berry reminded us of the wisdom and relevance of Seymour Papert; “children need to experiment, they learn best by making things to show to others”. This is a great description of our aims for a Scratch games link up with a school in […]

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‘Cultural Partnerships and Project Based Learning’ CLC Arts Conference 2014

‘Cultural Partnerships and Project Based Learning’ Wednesday 25th June 9am – 3.15pm @London CLC, Rectory Grove, Clapham SW4 0EL Special Offer – 50% off Now £50 per place To book please email: kmorrison@londonclc.org.uk This full day conference for subject leaders and other teachers interested in the arts and project based learning, will provide an opportunity to […]

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Join the CLC team: Media Assistant Required

Teaching/Media Assistant £9.75/ hr London Connected Learning Centre is an education organisation that supports the use of innovative technology in schools. We are looking for teaching/media assistants to work on a casual basis to support our work with pupils, teachers and families. The role will involve supporting teaching sessions both at our centre in Clapham […]

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The Web We Want: Meeting Tim Berners Lee

The 8, 9 and 10 year olds from Crown Lane and Woodmansterne Primary Schools made a great contribution at last Wednesday’s #WebWeWantFest Think-In. We’d been invited by the South Bank Centre to help plan their festival to celebrate 25 years of the World Wide Web. The children met Tim Berners Lee and asked him some great questions […]

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Girls Write Now – “Avoid excessive adjectives”

My final destination of the study visit was to a Saturday workshop run by Girls Write Now, part of a year long mentorship programme for ‘at risk and under served teenage girls from NYC public (state) schools. I felt like I’d travelled a long way since arriving in New York to cold wintry rain. I’d started […]

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Exploring digital writing with NYCWP at Lehman College

It was a pleasure to be able to return to Lehman College to meet again with the NYC Writing Project team and to share the findings of the CfBT trustees research Educational Blogs study I carried out with Myra Barrs. A week on from the teacher conference I felt familiar with this part of the Bronx and the Uni […]

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Dreamyard Project and Center

Having visited David Flores from Dreamyard at his placement at MS45 earlier in the week, I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Dreamyard Art Center, only a few blocks away from the New Directions School, after spending the morning with Paul Allison. When I first contacted the Hive NYC Learning Network to ask for suggestions of who […]

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Youth Voices at New Directions Secondary School: Engaging students in digital and non digital writing

Like most NYC public schools, New Directions shares space in a vast education complex housing several schools in one building. It occupies the basement of the Taft Education Campus. Only a year old, the school opened to serve students who are at least two years behind their peers and who come to school with a […]

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Global Kids at Global Neighborhood Secondary School

A number of individuals and organisations have helped me set up my study visit to New York and this chain of connections says something not only about people’s generosity, but also about our connected world and the role of networks. One of London CLC’s cultural partners, The British Film Institute, put me in touch with colleagues […]

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Media Lab

As part of my CfBT Trustee study visit to New York during the Easter school holidays I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Don Undeen, manager of the MediaLab at The Metropolitan Museum of Art describes his two sides; ‘stuffy curator’ versus ‘arty hacker’ and how he synthesise these two aspects in   his work. I spent an inspiring afternoon […]

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Connected Learning: Your vote will help improve access to ICT for children and their families in Lambeth

Children and families in Lambeth will have the chance to access the latest technologies and improve their ICT skills as part of a new Community Award project if enough people get behind it in a public vote. The project is at aimed improving digital literacy, aspirations and attainment in the borough. London Connected Learning Centre […]

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BBC School Report 2014: Pupils takeover the news

BBC School Report 2014 Thursday 27th March is BBC School  News Report Day 2014. Enthusiastic news teams from Dunraven School in Streatham and St Thomas More Language in Chelsea and Fulham, worked with London CLC to report on the stories that matter to them. Here are the students reports, along with their editorials explaining their […]

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Guest Blogger – Ella, Clapham Manor Primary School

This guest blog posts comes from Ella at Clapham Manor Primary School. She has written a report on a recent class visit to London CLC to discuss the internet with IT Professional, Julia Harrison from Morgan Stanley. We would like to thank Julia Harrison for giving up her time to speak to the class, Rob […]

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Guest Blogger – Maryam Ben Rabha

Blogging for writing – learning by doing When asked why they write stories, a ten-year-old replied “I write it for the teacher to mark it.” This was just one stark discovery made during the research of ‘Blogging and Writing’ by Sarah Horrocks –Director of London Connected Learning Centre and Myra Barrs, previously director of the […]

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The CLC’s top tips for Music Software

It’s been a hectic final few weeks of term as we’ve been trying to get around to meeting with all of our link schools to discuss programmes for next year.  In the midst of this, we’ve had several requests from schools wanting recommendations for inexpensive apps and software to support music teaching.  Having done the […]

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LearnPad: An escape route from Apple’s walled garden?

We have long been frustrated by all the complications of managing iPads. Anyone who has jumped through the hoops involved in setting up an Apple VPP account to buy apps, or attempted to distribute apps using Apple Configurator, will be all too familiar with the bittersweet claustrophobia of life inside Apple’s walled garden.

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Testing iPad Dataloggers

At Lambeth CLC we are always exploring how new technology can support learning across the curriculum. Recently we have been thinking about how iPads can be used to support science investigations and datalogging. The iPad comes with some fantastic science apps (like this heart rate monitor), however we always felt external sensors were required to […]

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My PGCE placement at Lambeth CLC – Freddy Vanson

My experience at Lambeth CLC was magnificent. I cannot emphasise enough what fabulous support the team provide children and families in the local area – what a brilliant service Lambeth CLC offers the community! Everyone is extremely welcoming and approachable. There is a tangible community spirit; an ethos of inclusion and kindness pervades a friendly […]

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