As a CLC team we have had many happy years working with teachers and learners from the schools in Sunderland and we look forward to continuing to do so as the new Learning Technologies Innovation Team.
The team will be responsible for giving advice and support to schools wanting to embed technology in teaching and learning. We have been heavily involved in writing the new ICT services to schools document - Click the image if you want to read it.
This will include:
- Working with headteachers and senior managers to help shape schools vision for integrating learning technologies
- Delivering exemplar lessons to learners, both in school and at a specialist venue
- Providing CPD for teachers, both in school and at a specialist venue
- Providing a service where schools could access a supported loan of equipment for a specific project.
- Facilitating networking meetings for subject specialists
- Keeping schools up to date with developments via the Learning Hub
- Facilitate sharing of information and good practice via the learning hub.
- Facilitating collaborative projects between schools
The direct school's services - those where we work with individual schools are available by buying (day) blocks of service credits. These can be used by the school in whichever way they choose. Examples may include, e-safety training, advice on iPad deployment or teaching exemplar lessons in schools. There are also indirect services that can exist as a function of maintaining funding for the team.
These services include facilitating subject leader networks, coordinating collaborative projects, delivering CPD and keeping schools up to date via the Learning Hub.
In response to a lot of questions we have had - and to help you match our new services to the old ones we've put together a FAQ
The CLCs offered a comprehensive CPD programme - where will I find courses ran by the new Learning Technologies Innovation Team?
All of our courses are now advertised via the CPD booking system here
We used to really love coming to the CLC to do activities with our learners - where can we go now?
The CLC buildings have gone but the team responsible for delivering those activities, and the kit to support them, are with the Learning Technologies Innovation Team. We will be initially operating from the ICT unit at Moorside and are able to come into schools to work with your learners. We are in the process of looking for a new venue to work from that will allow you to come and visit us. We are hoping that our new venue will be equipped to deliver the activities in the spirit of the CLCs
We could always count on the CLC team for impartial advice about creative use of technologies for learning - can we still do that?
The Learning Technologies Innovation Team offer exactly the same impartial advice as we always did and we strive to keep up to date with the latest technologies. We want schools to be in the best place to make informed decisions about technologies which will give you the best possible exeriences for your learners. Since we don't sell a product we are able to be truly impartial. Our services are driven by your needs and we regularly consult with schools to ensure that the services are exactly what you want. Other advice we can offer includes long-term ICT visioning, procurement advice and general guidance on using ICT to enhance learning.
Many schools have benefitted from our end to end approach.
Initial Advice & Visioning - Support With Procurement - Installation and Configuration - Training For Teaching & Learning - Ongoing Support & Guidance
Just to give you an idea recent requests for advice and support have included:-
- How can we safely use of social networks to improve communication with parents?
- How can we use mobile devices to streamline the process of creating learning journals in early years?
- How do I get my year sixes to be more safe online?
- What are the issues we might face when deploying mobile devices?
There is no charge for an initial meeting to discuss your needs. All we ask is that you show a commitment to the service by purchasing additional service credits.
I relied on the CLCs to borrow equipment to use in the classroom can I still get access to it?
We are continuing to offer a equipment loan service. In order to access the service the requirement is that you have bought at least one day service credit.
This will entitle you to two unsupported loans of equipment - or better still we can bring out the equipment and work with you for a day. This way you get the equipment and also have access to a member of the team to support it's use in the classroom. Want to run a film-making project with the class? We'll bring out the kit and teach you and your class the skills to get you started and leave it with you for the project. All equipment loans are subject to a full replacement for breakages agreement.
The CLC helped us create our school website. What happens now?
The ICT unit will continue to host websites for a small annual charge and the members of the Learning Technologies Innovation Team will work with you to ensure that staff have the necessary skills to keep it up to date. We will even work with you to ensure your site really works for the school by giving advice and training on how you can use it to extend learning beyond the classroom. For more detailed advice on your school website click here
I was always able to call the CLC for advice how do I get in touch with the Learning Technologies Innovation Team
The good news is that we are taking the phone number with us to our new venue and will continue to have the same email addresses. As we manage the Learning Hub, you can get in touch through the contact us link too.
So what happened to the CLCs and all of their equipment?
Direct Government funding for the CLC initiative came to an end in 2010 when the coalition government came into office and BECTA were shut down.
After having various unsuccessful discussions with schools about how to fund the centres, the decision was made to close Southmoor and transfer ownership of the CLC building to the school for use as a performing arts block. The equipment was moved to St Roberts CLC to facilitate it becoming a Teachers' CPD centre, and to the Futures Centres at Harraton and Pallion to allow them to continue some of the CLC like activities with learners. Surplus equipment was offered to schools. The equipment from St Roberts is being used to continue to provide a central service to all schools in the City.
Didn't you have a lot of macs and do Apple training what is going to happen with that?
The CLCs have always been an Apple Regional Training Centre and we continue to have that status. We have appropriate hardware so that we can continue to support schools who want to make use of Apple technologies in the classroom. In fact, a high percentage of our time recently has centred around supporting schools who want to introduce iPads. We will be advertising courses to help people to see the potential of using Apple technologies in the classroom.
The CLC used to deliver Teep training what will happen to that?
Members of the Learning Technologies Innovation Team are committed to working closely with the SSAT to deliver Teep training. As highly experienced trainers, we have been all over the country delivering Teep to schools. We also use the Teep methodologies in our own teaching. If you want to know more about how Teep training could help develop teaching and learning in your school contact a member of the team of visit the Teep website.
How do the service credits work?
We are aiming for a cost recovery model. The existence of the team relies on us raising enough funding through service credits to maintain us. Service credits can be bought in blocks of days and used however you want to use them. For example you could buy two days, use half a day for an e-safety twilight, half a day to work with your curriculum lead to help you put together an ICT development plan for the school and a day for us to come out and deliver a control activity with your learners. The system is entirely flexible and the cost of a day's service credit is £300. Buying one day's credit also gives you access to our equipment loan scheme.
How do I get in touch?
Wer have maintained the St Roberts CLC phone number 0191 561 3490 and our email addresses. You can contact us via the contact us link on the Hub.