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.

Next up families had a choice of two workshops both involving the BBC Micro:bit; they could either have fun programming Kodu games controlled by the device, or they could use it to create some electronic music by hacking into a speaker.

After a quick lunch in the park the families came back together for another workshop. This time Grace from South London Raspberry Jam showed them how to build Crumble robots to program them to follow a line of tape. It was lovely to see parents and children sharing their skills and working together to achieve something they could all feel proud of.

The last activity gave the families a chance to collaborate as a group in a virtual world. They used a multiplayer Minecraft server to create buildings within their very own city. After this we came together for a final discussion about what everyone had learnt and enjoyed, and to watch a film capturing the day’s activities. Why not take a look!

CLC Summer Film Competition

Calling all budding film makers!

The CLC are looking for young film makers to submit short films or animations to be showcased on our popular Vimeo Channel. We are looking for films about anything and everything – so get your imagination flowing and get creating.

The Rules

  1. Films must be between 20 seconds and 4 minutes long.
  2. They must be made by someone under 16 (help is allowed!)
  3.  They must be family friendly!

Help

For inspiration have a look at the CLC’s extensive collection of films made by young people over the past 10 years.

REMEMBER you do not need a video camera! Smart phones, iPads and some still cameras make excellent films.

If you or any of your friends appear in the film we will need your parent or carers permission to put them online.

The iCanAnimate app & iMovie  might help.

Email: kmorrison@londonclc.org.uk to submit a film or for help.

GOOD LUCK

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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.

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Filmmaking has the power not only to increase educational attainment for pupils across the curriculum but also to empower teachers with an exciting new means of assessing learning. Our Filmmaking training emphasises film as a teaching tool to encourage deep and active learning and facilitates young people in taking control of their own learning processes.

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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 to: 
  • receive in-depth and award winning professional learning for primary computing subject leaders
  • explore cutting edge education technology including BBC micro:bits, Minecraft and Raspberry Pi
  • demystify online safety and computer science.
  • become confident in assessment and primary computing.
  • working with IBM professionals to bring the curriculum to life in a real-world context.
  • work at IBM’s HQ on the southbank

The cost of the course is £100 which includes resources, material, and meals.

To apply please complete the form.

The course is aimed at teachers with a responsibility for computing in school. It will be delivered by IBM professionals alongside teachers from the award winning London Connected Learning Centre.

I definitely feel more confident in my abilities as subject leader. The programme has really helped me to develop my skills and understanding and my focus now is to pass this on to colleagues in school. I use the network of teachers all the time now and often get in touch with the contacts I made over the duration of the course to ask for help and advice. It’s helped me understand the application of computing and computer science in the real world. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of this great project’

Computing Subject Lead, Granton Primary School

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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 Cardboard and a taster of our brand new Into Film sessions which we will be offering for FREE to schools next year. Contact kmorrison@londonclc.org.uk for more information.

Game Changer Challenge

Yesterday pupils from Woodmansterne, Lark Hall, Henry Cavendish and Hitherfield came to the CLC to show off their game design skills in the first ever CLC Game Changer Challenge.

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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 and opportunities to learn from other schools.

We have a number of places still available and can offer free places to our SLA schools and those who have not yet attended CLC CPD. To book click here or email kmorrison@londonclc.org.uk

Here is a little rundown of the workshops on offer – inspiration, ideas and fun promised!

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We 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 read more about the TATE Exchange experiment here. Watch this space to see what the CLC are doing and how you can get involved.

CAS Hub

Last night marked the launch of the CLC CAS hub, great evening working with colleagues using Python to programme the micro:bit. Super designs by all. For more information about CAS activities contact Rowan Roberts: rrboberts@londonclc.org.uk

EYFS Forum

EYFS forum group of teachers explored the importance of young children learning about how to use digital Technologies. We looked at synergies between early years pedagogy and computational thinking ie problem-solving, tinkering, exploring and sequencing.

News from the tech team

Summer tidy up has started and the tech team are busy arranging installation and maintenance work which needs done in our schools over the holidays.
Top tech tip of the week – check your server room Air Con before summer kicks in…if it gets too hot it won’t work!

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), part of Education Development Trust, is an award-winning organisation that helps schools and other settings use digital technologies to improve learning.

The term Connected Learning describes our approach and activities. We make links between learning at school and at home, we involve children and young people in using digital technologies to create, experiment, design and explore, we foster collaboration between teachers, students and parents and we work in partnership with businesses, community and cultural organisations.

Details

The CLC runs a varied programme of teacher professional development, pupil workshops and consultancy for schools. We are looking for a qualified teacher to join our team, to deliver high quality technology based pupil sessions, to support other teachers and to get involved in creative technology based projects.

Model and demonstrate

The ideal candidate will have an strong understanding of the English computing curriculum and of the use of digital technologies to support learning across the curriculum. London CLC works with learners from EYFS, through primary and secondary to parents, cultural and business professionals. The teaching and learning consultant for computing and technology will need to be someone who is excited about the potential of technology to support learning, has an enthusiasm for computer science, can inspire other teachers and is up to date with the latest developments in education and technology.

Candidates should have experience of teaching students in a school setting, and should have expertise in one or more of the following; computer science, programming, mobile technologies, online safety, Google Apps for education, open source software and cloud based services. Qualified teacher status is required.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for all roles.

To APPLY
Please contact Kim Morrison kmorrison@londonclc.org.uk for more details and an application pack or download the JD and application form here  Deadline for applications is Monday 23rd May 5 p.m. Interviews will be held on Thursday 26th May in the afternoon at London CLC in Clapham.  

 

Partnerships and New Programmes

The CLC is fortunate to have lots of creative and experienced partners who work with us to share their expertise and ideas, helping us create even better programmes for our teachers, pupils and families. This week we’ve been out and about working with our partners on some very exciting things.

Do get in touch if you like any more information on any of our programmes or to see how you can get involved.

Teacher Platform

We are working with a group of teachers to set standards and moderate pupils’ learning in computing. We have created a platform for teachers to upload annotated work and this will become a place for other teachers to see learning in computing exemplified. We will keep partner schools updated as this develops.

BFI Partnership

Some teachers will remember when London CLC was based at the BFI on London’s Southbank. Our colleagues at BFI Education hosted us for 3 years whilst our building in Clapham was refurbished. This partnership with the BFI has continued and we work closely with the education team on film literacy activities. This week we met with the BFI education team to explore joint working for next academic year. Watch this space for exciting developments around VR, animation and film literacy.

Digital Leaders Programme

We had a good meeting with colleagues from the Philharmonia and Southbank Centre to discuss next year’s Digital Leaders’ Programme.  We’re really excited to be involved in their Universe of Sound programme in Autumn 2016.   All plans are to be confirmed but whatever we do will involve giving pupils priority access to the Philharmonia’s virtual reality orchestra.  Headsets at the ready…

Exa Foundation – Python Sessions
This Tuesday, Alan O’Donohoe who works for Exa Foundation led two professional development sessions at London CLC with groups of primary and secondary teachers who wanted to develop their confidence using Python (text-based programming in their classroom). While the teachers learned how to use Python to solve some complex problems, Alan also shared and demonstrated some practical pedagogies to ensure that learners were inspired and engaged in Computing lessons but also pitching challenges at the right levels. The sessions were very popular and received great feedback. Alan hopes to return to offer additional sessions along these themes next term.
Rosendale Book Club
 Rosendale book club website is nearly complete with a selected list of 100 seminal children’s books by 100 seminal children’s authors:
Apple Event
Apple preview event of the new Education iOS software … can’t give any details unfortunately, but watch this space…and looks good so far. I can confirm that they have a coffee machine operated by iPad though.