LP+365 Updates

We’ve made some changes to the LP+365 App…

✔ We’ve enhanced the Office 365 toolset accessible from the App menu bar to include: Forms, Videos, Stream & Sway

Support YouTube Videos

✔ We’re adding support YouTube videos to our app to ensure you’re utilising all the tools available on LP+365

✔ The videos will popup on the class dashboard and can be managed in the new admin area

The Admin Menu

✔ The new tools & features can be managed in our admin menu “Manage app settings” in “App settings”

✔ You can use the sliders to decide which tools are available to users

 

Additional Changes

✔ We’ve updated the Grading criteria and Student Centre icons to improve the look and feel of the app

✔ The side menu bar remains highlighted to show which class you’re working in

 

Connect with us on Twitter @tweetlpplus to tell us what you think of the new changes!

Learning Possibilities, a Microsoft Global Alliance Partner and aamra, a pioneer in the information and communication technology industry of Bangladesh, will together deliver the LP+365 App to educational establishments throughout Bangladesh.

Learning Possibilities are thrilled to have signed a partnership with aamra, winner of the 2017 Microsoft Country Partner of the year award, to revolutionise learning for students across Bangladesh. aamra are unrivalled in their understanding of the needs of their clients providing them with technology solutions  to maximise product satisfaction. aamra pride themselves on providing the appropriate technology to help organisations thrive delivering only the highest quality products and services. Learning Possibilities and aamra’s new partnership will  deliver the LP+365 solution aiming to improve digital literacy, drive Office 365 usage and provide users with the toolset needed to boost communication, collaboration and creativity in the classroom.

What is LP+365?

LP+365 is the latest learning and collaboration platform by Microsoft Global Partner, Learning Possibilities. Integrated with the latest Microsoft technology on one simple but engaging dashboard the App brings LP+ technology to Office365, providing schools with all the tools they need to share resources, communicate, collaborate and manage assignments. The App encompasses technology enhanced learning complementing flexible pedagogies where teachers and students can explore flipped learning.

The App uses every major Office 365 tool and requires merely 20 minutes of initial teacher training. Improving digital literacy and driving the usage of Microsoft technologies the App enhances digital skills essential for employment. With over 15 years of experience and over 1 million users already benefitting from LP+ technology in the UK, LP are experts in driving the adoption of Office 365 in the classroom to help educators inculcate digital skills in learners through their award winning LP+ Platform.

Contact

 UK

Victoria Flint

Victoria.Flint@lpplus.com

Bangladesh

Abdur Rahman Siddique

rahman.siddique@aamra.com.bd

 

 About Learning Possibilities

Learning Possibilities are a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner implementing e-learning solutions with expertise in cloud computing for education and government customers. The Learning Possibilities’ LP+ platform built on Microsoft technologies is currently available to over 1 million users across the UK. In 2015 the company’s contract to supply the Hwb+ National learning platform (based on the award-winning LP+4 learning platform) to the Welsh Government was extended to 2018.  An independent research done by Lancaster University in 2009 shows that the LP+ learning platform drives educational outcomes. Learning Possibilities has also published the LP+ Adopt e-maturity framework for schools, selected by Becta (UK Department of Education) as the National Learning Platform Adoption Model for England. See more on https://lpplus.com

 About aamra

aamra is an amalgamation of businesses which are focused towards catalysing the modernization of Bangladesh by providing technology driven solutions to their clients in various market segments. aamra’s Strategic Business Units (SBUs) serve their customers with wide range of IT and ITES solutions, i.e. Internet Solutions, International Internet Gateway (IIG), Video Surveillance, Video Conferencing, Payment & FSI Solutions, Enterprise Solutions, Cloud & IOT.  aamra is unrivalled in their understanding of the needs of their clients providing them with today’s technology to maximise product satisfaction and pride themselves on providing the appropriate technology to help organisations thrive. Delivering only the highest quality products and services. https://www.aamra.com.bd/

 Press Contact:

Learning Possibilities
Olivia Belchier
olivia.belchier@lpplus.com
020 8236 1033

At Learning Possibilities, we have always been a bit obsessed with data protection, together with children’s safety and their privacy.  Recent events elsewhere suggest we were right to be so thorough! However, the good news is that from 25th of May 2018 the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation joins us in those concerns – and GDPR applies to pretty much everyone. It supersedes the old Data Protection Act and is a huge change, that impacts on everyone.

What is GDPR?

GDPR imposes new obligations for “data processors” and “data controllers” with tougher penalties enforced for data breaches. The good news is that GDPR will provide us all with a greater input as to what can be done with our data. GDPR applies right across the whole EU.

How are we prepared for GDPR

At Learning Possibilities, as a Microsoft Gold Partner, all the data on our LP+365 App is stored safely and very securely in the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Microsoft to share our history of caring about the detail of Data Protection.  They have over 100 datacenters and more than 200 cloud services and are investing over $1 billion annually in data security.  At Learning Possibilities we have approximately 4.6 million pieces of children’s work online and are delighted to be working with Microsoft to build our experiences of global learners into GDPR responses going forwards. It’s a big responsibility and fortunately, we have a lot of experience.

It is often said that “there is no such thing as a free lunch”, or that “if the product is free, then you are the thing being sold”.  Which is why our learning tools are entirely advertisement free, whilst data is securely private. GDPR tips the balance away from children being commodities and back to kids being kids;  we like that!

Find more about GDPR compliance here

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I remember that even in the very earliest days of “electronic text” and the clunky old computers of the last century it was already clear from a mass of research that the ability to edit and vary text – the “mutability of writing” as it was then rather quaintly called – was a key component of the dramatic improvement in children’s writing that had emerged. That iterative “editing, finessing and refining element” went on to engage young creators in everything from digital video to computing code.

Right away the sense of audience for that work and the collaborative partnerships which formed around shared creativity were quickly seen as being at the heart of what was unashamedly a constructivist approach to demonstrably better learning. For example, as digital video emerged – Apple was then at the forefront with their QuickTime technology – nobody was very clear about what might be done, about what was possible or desirable. I was part of a hugely enjoyable couple of days in London where some titans from the world of cinema and television (Ken Russell, Connie Booth, Jo Fiennes, John Hurt, Hugh Lawrie and many more were partnered with school students from around the UK to see just what we could create with a digital video camera and the ability to edit on a computer. After two exhausting and hugely enjoyable days – Anneka my 10-year-old partner from Ireland, was indefatigable – we had a memorable party (even some Spice Girls turned up!) and all sat down to watch each other’s efforts. Several things were immediately apparent: it confirmed the power of audience, the quality of work was unexpectedly very high, the “experts” had clearly enjoyed considerable input from their school student partners and, my goodness, and it was competitive.

Those components proved to be equally powerful as children embrace the breadth of opportunities for writing through blogs, wikis, forums, fan-fiction sites and more. Today, I seem to be constantly commenting on a suite of class blogs somewhere in the world. These young writers, of course, are motivated by an audience, but all the more so when it is a global audience – as a professor in Madrid I seem especially welcome. The students really do support each other’s authoring efforts. Recently, I was enjoying watching a group of students critiquing each other’s work online where the mantra was “tough on the content, easy on the author”. The warmth of their support for each other was palpable, but they didn’t hold back on the “you need to do this for excellence” advice; tough on the content indeed.

So, maybe 30 years after we first put these writing tools in front of young writers, we are seeing the class blogs and the locally grounded context-specific wikis finally widely embraced as writing tools. Beyond the well-documented improvements in writing, a little bit of imagination helps us further reveal their social impact. Discourse/text analysis lets us search bodies of writing to highlight changes over time. Simple Wordle images show, for example, how pronouns can reveal the growth of collaboration as “I, me and mine” give way to “we, us, and ours”. This emerging mutuality matters enormously in 2017 as the international yardstick for learning, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) has moved to embrace and to value collaborative endeavour. PISA seems to have had a bit of an epiphany; OECD / PISA Director of Education and Skills, Andreas Schleicher, speaking in Beijing, commented that: “Our schools need to prepare students to live and work in a world in which most people now need to collaborate with people of diverse cultural origins, and appreciate different ideas, perspectives and values; a world in which people need to decide how to trust and collaborate across such differences, and more and more we will depend on technology to bridge space and time”. And PISA will be ranking countries by that ability for their students to work together, across cultures.

So, in some thirty years, Blogs and Wikis have gone from something which effectively enhanced the writing that we were already doing, to be a tool to deliver the new skills of collaboration and shared creativity that we need going forward. In a way, that mirrors the impact of technology on all our learning: we start with how technology might enhance what we are already doing and then move to seek the new things that we could never do before, but which we know will matter. Probably this would be a good time to remind everyone reading THIS blog of how simple it is to access the blog and wiki tools in LP+!

 

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The Welsh Government published its Learning in Digital Wales Report on October 2016, which took a critical look at its funding of digital infrastructure, devices, platforms and content into schools.

On the LP+ (HWB+) platform, the report commented;

“Hwb+ [LP+] meets the objectives for the VLE which were specified, including a single user log on for all teachers and learners, ability to be accessed anywhere at any time from any device, and tools and content, most notably access to Office365, purchased through a ‘buy once for Wales’ approach. “

“Usage data on Hwb and Hwb+ and evidence from surveys and qualitative feedback seems to indicate that LiDW products and activities (including infrastructure improvements) have had a positive effect on increasing the use of digital resources in schools. Training, support and awareness raising activities also appear to have contributed to increases in the use of digital resources and to improving the confidence and awareness of teachers and school managers.”

The Report also comments on the high adoption of the HWB+ platform, and makes recommendations for future improvements of the programme. You can read the complete report here.

 

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In July 2014, Estyn (The Welsh Government’s School Inspectors of Education and Training) inspected Barry Island Primary School in South Wales.

For possibly the first time, the LP+ platform in Wales (called Hwb) was mentioned:

“ The school’s planning for digital learning is outstanding. All staff plan and use a wide range of digital resources and applications in their teaching to enhance the skillsbased curriculum. The school uses highly innovative and effective practices in developing Hwb and Hwb + learning. For example, pupils use Hwb to upload their home learning and research work. “

You can ready the full report here