Bett 2020 free CPD workshops – find out more, part 1

We’re partnering with Bett to deliver a day of award-winning CPD on Friday, 24 January and we’ll be bringing you six fantastic workshops led by our teaching, learning and technology experts. The sessions include:

  • Pedagogy and future software developers with Scratch, with Rowan Roberts
  • Storytelling with digital technologies with Sarah Horrocks and Caitlin McMillan
  • Enhancing primary history and geography with digital technologies, with Peter Lillington and Caitlin McMillan
  • Technology in early years with Sarah Horrocks and Louise Wade
  • Schools – saving time, working smarter, with Peter Lillington
  • Leadership of technology and digital strategy with Sarah Horrocks and Peter Lillington

In this blog post we’ll be telling you a bit more about the first three workshops, with more detail on the second three coming right at the start of the new year. 

The workshops are completely free and are run on a first come, first served basis so please do arrive in plenty of time before the start time to be sure to get a place. We’ll also have some very special offers lined up for Bett attendees so make sure you don’t miss out!

1. Pedagogy and future software developers with Scratch

Scratch coding example

Scratch is London CLC’s go-to tool for teaching KS2 computing in a way that is flexible, encourages creativity and provides the complexity to challenge pupils and teachers alike. This talk will explore the ways that pedagogical approaches developed by the likes of KCL and UCL can get the most out of Scratch activities, with a particular focus on how children can learn to approach programming projects in a way that will get them thinking and working like future software developers. 

London CLC teaching and learning consultant Rowan Roberts has consulted software industry professionals to come up with a range of practices that can turn a good Scratch programmer into a great one. She’s turned it all into a brilliant free online short course for Tech Pathways London. You can get a taster of the course and of Rowan’s Bett CPD talk in her long read blog post: Code like a pro: Scratch for future software developers.

This session will also be informed by our involvement in the UCL Knowledge Lab’s ScratchMaths research project.

2. Storytelling with digital technologies

Stories are at the heart of so much that we do and children have an innate drive to create, tell and retell stories. While storytelling is as old as human culture itself and requires nothing more than an imagination, digital tools can help us to tell the stories in new forms, from creating Minecraft worlds to devising animations. We can create story worlds, record our own audiobooks, be inspired by a wealth of digital media and share our digital publications. 

Through working with children in schools on digital aids to storytelling, we’ve discovered some key ways that digital technology can support, inspire and enhance story work in the classroom. 

Think about how a silent film could encourage empathy, deduction and inference and allow children to use their imaginations to fill the gaps, create backstory and decide what happens next (try Robert Showalter’s poignant short film The Lonely Robot, above!)

Covering the making of digital books, the creation of virtual worlds and the use of technology to structure and plan, this workshop will explore these tools and practical ideas for using digital to support storytelling in your setting across a variety of different technological media.

Get a taster of some of the tools London CLC’s director, Sarah Horrocks, and teaching and learning consultant Caitlin McMillan will be covering in this session in their blog post: Four practical ways digital tools can inspire stories in the classroom.

3. Enhancing primary history and geography with digital technologies

This workshop will explore how digital technology can enhance the teaching of history and geography using digital tools you already have in school as well as highlight the plethora of free online resources available. From using Google maps to travel around the world to creating digital timelines and bringing figures from history back to life with green screen, chatterpix and film, we’ll be supporting you to create resources and explore ignored corners of history and geography education.

The workshop will also include options such as film making and blogging that support synthesis of knowledge from a range of sources and empathy with historical events.

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