Course Director: PGCE Primary
Telephone:020 7815 5701
School/Division:Law and Social Sciences / Centre for Education and School Partnerships
Clare Copeland is a Senior Lecturer and the Subject Leader for Computing and Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) in the Centre for Education and School Partnerships. She is also the Course Director for the Primary PGCE courses and teaches on Initial Teacher Training courses as part of the postgraduate education programmes and the BA (Hons) Education Studies courses as part of the undergraduate education programmes.
Clare is a fully qualified primary school teacher with a PGCE in Primary Education and completed an MSc in Internet and Multimedia Systems at LSBU.
She has spent over sixteen years working in the field of primary education and specialises in the area of ICT and computing. During her time in school she was a primary school classroom teacher, an ICT coordinator and student teacher mentor. She has taught and worked with children from KS1-KS4 and adults including teaching staff, parents and carers and school/Local Authority leadership.
Before coming to LSBU, Clare worked as the Primary ICT Education consultant at a City Learning Centre. The main purpose of this role was to work alongside local schools to support them with their ICT teaching and subject development. As well as developing ICT projects and activities for children, planning and teaching whole classes good practice lessons, delivering CPD to teaching staff and outreach consultancy support in schools, she was also involved in a number of exciting and innovative ICT projects in conjunction with external agencies such as the British Film Institute and Visit London.
Clare's professional interests centre on the pedagogy and practice of technology use in education, for example how technology can be used to support learning and teaching across the curriculum, the use of multimedia in the classroom in particular using film and animation and social media in schools. She is particularly passionate about the teaching and learning of computing, computer science and programming in primary schools.
Clare’s teaching interests centre on the use of technology to support teaching and learning. She teaches Computer Science and Programming as a specific curriculum area for trainee primary school teachers as well as cross curricular uses of technology such as digital literacy, digital skills, game based learning and multimedia authoring including film making, animation and digital storytelling. Clare also supports trainee and qualified teachers with their professional use of technology such as the interactive whiteboard, tablet computers, social media and eSafety issues.
Clare has recently led a research project funded by the Department for Education examining the use of interactive whiteboards in core subject teaching and learning in primary schools. She has also carried out a number of small scale research projects in the area of mobile technology in primary schools.
Clare is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. She is also an active member of the National Association of Advancing Computer Education (NAACE) and a member of the Computing at School Working Group (CAS).