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What’s an Apple Regional Training Centre and how can it help you?

London CLC’s co-director Christian Turton is an Apple Regional Training Centres (RTC) stalwart. Not only does he run one, as London CLC itself is an RTC, but he’s been going to RTC conferences on and off for 13 years. Here he shares what they are and how the RTC community support each other in delivering […]

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eTwinning – what it is and why UK educators should get in quick

London Connected Learning Centre’s Peter Lillington reports back from last week’s UK eTwinning Conference. If you’re a UK educator of 3-19 year olds and you haven’t yet heard of eTwinning – get up to speed and get in quick (and certainly before 31 October). eTwinning is a free online community for schools in Europe and […]

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London Connected Learning Centre podcast no 9: art and technology – what goes on at Tate Exchange?

What happens when you give nearly 200 primary school children the freedom of a floor of Tate for two days? Creativity, learning and fun! In this podcast Sarah Horrocks, London Connected Learning Centre’s co-director, and Caitlin McMillan, a London CLC teaching and learning consultant, discuss the annual Tate Exchange programme, in which a floor of […]

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News literacy and critical thinking – autumn 2019 update

It’s going to be a busy term for everyone concerned about news literacy in schools. London CLC’s Peter Lillington highlights upcoming work and resources. As the new term starts we’re eagerly looking forward to our London CLC collaborative project on news literacy with First News. We’ve now got the full complement of 10 schools signed […]

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Scratch Europe Conference 23-25 August 2019 – review

London CLC’s Peter Lillington shares his personal highlights from a packed programme at the annual Scratch Europe conference Scratch Conference Europe ended with a bang, literally, with science presenter, TV personality and pyrotechnician Fran Scott from the Royal Institution setting off Scratch-controlled bottle rockets and balloons to send us on our way in an entertaining […]

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Why educators need to know about Linda Liukas

At London Connected Learning Centre we think everyone should know about Linda Liukas. After all, she’s the digital champion of Finland and, in 2014, her Hello Ruby coding book for children raised $380,000 on Kickstarter, making it the platform’s most highly funded children’s book, But why, as an educator, should you know about her?  If […]

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Getting more creative with iPads using GarageBand and Everyone Can Create

In October last year we previewed Apple’s free resource, Everyone Can Create, designed to help inspire teachers as well as pupils and students to extract maximum creative and educational value from iPads. The resources sit alongside Apple’s #EveryoneCanCode campaign, and focus on the impact that the technology and apps can have in supporting every student […]

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‘Everyone is figuring out computer science’: Finland’s take on computational thinking in schools

Finland’s exceptional education system and thriving technology scene are both well documented. But how do they fit together? London CLC’s co-director Sarah Horrocks explored the Finnish approach to computational thinking in schools in a week-long trip to Tampere, and shares her findings. Companion podcast: listen to an interview with Linda Lukias, Finnish creator of the […]

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London Connected Learning Centre podcast no 8: Linda Liukas, Hello Ruby creator, on computational thinking and the coding backlash

Recorded in Tampere, Finland, Linda Liukas, creator of the Hello Ruby resources, discusses computational thinking, different practices across the world, her experience of the coding backlash and how her illustration and storytelling background helps her explain concepts. Plus, London CLC’s Sarah Horrocks and Rowan Roberts, who spent a day working with Linda in workshops at […]

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Thinking of moving your school to the cloud? Here’s what you need to consider

London CLC is experienced at supporting schools as they move to the cloud. Migrating your data and applications to a cloud-based service can certainly save your school money but, for greatest success, implementation needs to be staged. That’s where planning comes in. We work with schools on their long-term planning, to decide on what they […]

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London History Schools Day: digital resources to support children’s learning

With our London CLC Humanities conference coming up on 1 May and the third London History Schools Day on 24 May we direct the spotlight onto London’s rich history and the benefits of using digital technology to support children’s learning, especially to bring the local context to life. London History Schools Day, which was launched […]

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The government’s EdTech Strategy 2019: a good start for schools?

London CLC responds to the government’s new EdTech Strategy and argues that context – and funding – is everything. The government launched its EdTech Strategy this week, designed to help tackle 10 key education challenges including reducing teachers’ marking workload, boosting training opportunities and levelling the playing field for people with special educational needs. The […]

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London Connected Learning Centre podcast no 6: what makes a critical learner in the digital age?

What’s a critical learner? What are the skills children and young people need to develop in order to question and safely engage with information they come across online? How can educators support them to develop these critical skills? In this podcast experts from the award-winning London Connected Learning Centre look at the latest research to […]

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‘Using digital technology to improve learning’ EEF report response: technology is not an end in itself

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has today published Using Digital Technology to Improve Learning, a guidance report (download it here). The report reviews the best available evidence and offers schools four recommendations of how technology can improve teaching and learning, It also includes guidance on tailoring school communications to encourage parental engagement and offering more […]

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London Connected Learning Centre podcast no 5: digital exclusion and entitlement

According to the recent Carnegie Trust report on digital inclusion, Switched On, 10% of households have no access to the internet and 11.3 million people in the UK lack digital skills. This has far reaching impacts. Increasing numbers of basic services, from benefits to housing, are accessed online, not to mention job searches and shopping […]

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Relationships and sex education guidance recognises the online world

Peter Lillington responds to the government’s draft guidance on Health, Sex and Relationships education The world in which children and young people are growing up has in many respects changed considerably since 2000, the last time that Health and Sex and Relationships Education guidance was updated. The government’s draft guidance, which was actually published for […]

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Join us at Tate Exchange to make digital moves around creative arts teaching

London CLC is heading back to Tate Exchange and this time it’s bigger than ever…. Well, longer than ever anyway. Just as in previous years, London CLC is a Tate Exchange associate. This means that we take over the Exchange floor on level 5 of Tate Modern, giving pupils the chance to create digital and […]

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Safer Internet Day 2019: three hard questions educators need to ask

The online safety curriculum keeps evolving – and it needs to. As children and young people’s use of online media evolves, so too do the safety challenges that arise. Last week’s Ofcom report into children’s media lives provides a snapshot of what children are doing online and how online interaction is changing. For example: YouTube […]

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National storytelling week: four practical ways digital tools can inspire stories in the classroom

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 […]

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London CLC wins Bett award

London CLC is a Bett award winner! Last night our work with schools was recognised in the support and service category at the Bett show, the most prestigious awards in the schools edtech world. The award celebrates companies and educational organisations that provide effective services, support and professional development to ensure that technology really makes […]

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Five reasons why you should come to our Bett talk on digital criticality

Can you spot a fake news story? Can you teach somebody else how to? We all need to approach the online world with a critical mindset and our Bett talk will explore what that means in an age of deep fakes, fauxtography and deliberate disinformation spreading swiftly across social media. How do children make sense […]

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Reducing teacher workload: 10 top tech tips for tired teachers

With research showing that teachers spend more than half their time on admin, we’ve rounded up some of the most effective productivity tools and techniques to stay on top of email, planning and collaborating.   Teachers in English schools won’t be surprised by a recent report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) which […]

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Protecting your school’s data – three quick tips

With the news this week that the number of data breaches reported by schools increased by almost a quarter in just two years to 703, and further warnings about the increasing vulnerability of schools to cyber attacks, London CLC’s Krzysztof Jurek looks at three areas where everyone can help to keep their data more secure.   […]

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London CLC is a Bett 2019 finalist

London CLC is through to the finals of the Service and Support category of the Bett Awards 2019. The award celebrates UK-based companies and educational organisations that provide effective services, support and professional development to ensure that ICT really makes an impact in the classroom. It recognises the fact that educators need ongoing support for […]

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What is news literacy and how do you teach it?

London CLC’s Peter Lillington explores this hot topic and recommends some new resources to help you teach it in the classroom. In September we wrote about and podcasted about the place of digital literacy in computing and the wider curriculum, and highlighted our participation in a newly formed News Literacy Network with national partners such as […]

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How to choose a good password – a step by step guide

Kanye with the expert 000000 passcode pic.twitter.com/blUMExjfnN — Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) October 11, 2018 If  your password is: “password123456” or anything similar (or 00000, looking at you, Kanye West) – it is not going to be effective. You may think that using a long and complicated password, such as; “YourName+yourDOB” will protect your account. Bad […]

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The Edtech Podcast Festival 2018 – review

Peter Lillington, London CLC teaching and learning consultant, shares his highlights of the first Edtech Podcast Festival. Sophie Bailey, the voice behind the popular and well regarded EdTech podcast, has long had a dream to bring together listeners and contributors, educators and edtech companies in a festival of ideas. The result was the Edtech Podcast […]

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London Connected Learning Centre podcast no 4: digital literacy

What is digital literacy and why is it important? How and where should it be taught – as a subject in its own right or weaved through computing, citizenship, history, English or all subjects? Should ‘fake news’ always be published in Comic Sans font…? Having the skills to be critical about information that’s encountered online […]

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What is digital literacy and what’s it got to do with fake news?

As London CLC announces a new digital literacy collaboration with First News and the Guardian Foundation, and a free CPD session for teachers, Peter Lillington explores what exactly literacy means in a digital world. Digital literacy has become something of a buzz phrase. At first appearances its meaning seems obvious but it is frequently used […]

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Damian Hinds’ edtech future for schools: putting the vision into practice now

Last month we wrote a response to the government’s announcement that it was putting education technology at the heart of education, welcoming the initiative and arguing that it must be led by teaching and learning needs rather than the ed tech industry. Bob Harrison has also responded to that ‘vision’ in a no-holds-barred article, Don’t look […]

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Gamelan workshops: explore the traditional music of Java and Bali

During September schools will have a chance to bring classes of children to London CLC for a flavour of gamelan music making, combined with animation. London CLC’s teaching and learning computing consultant Peter Lillington participated in the International Gamelan Music Festival in Java earlier this month and gives an insight into the spirit of gamelan.   […]

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A ‘tech revolution in the classroom’? A response to Damian Hinds

Damian Hinds’ new initiative to put technology at the heart of education is an exciting and overdue development but it must be led by the needs of learning and teaching – not the edtech industry, says Sarah Horrocks, director of the London Connected Learning Centre. Education secretary Damian Hinds today set out his vision for […]

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