Conceptarian Worx Press Release

The partnership will offer schools and governments solutions to help drive blended learning during this time of pandemic, enabling educators to support learners in school and at home.

 

London, 08 December 2020 – Learning Possibilities, the award-winning, global education technology company, and Conceptarian Worx, the Zimbabwe based, education services company, today signed a partnership to jointly deliver LP+ technology and services to the education sector across Southern Africa.

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, Founder and CEO at Learning Possibilities, said “We are delighted with this partnership to bring our technology to southern Africa. We have been working very hard to ensure that our technology can cater for specific needs of developing countries, including affordability, online and offline access, cloud security and scalability. Our partnership with Conceptarian Worx will deliver our solutions together with a personalized set of local services. We look forward to serving schools in the region together.”

Learning Possibilities created and published ‘LP+ ADOPT’ the UK National Framework for Adoption of Technology Platforms in Schools, as well as delivering the highly successful Hwb+ national platform for Wales.

Jiten Shah, CEO at Conceptarian Worx said, “Educational institutions around the region are struggling with keeping students safe, engaged and connected. The pandemic isn’t the only cause of disruption, which results in tremendous financial and human cost, endangering the future. This proven technology combined with support will herald a more prosperous economy, generating opportunities. With our solutions, students and educators can collaborate with confidence.”

LP+ technology, which runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud leveraging Office 365, has four major technologies; school assessment for blended learning, management of student identity and access, learning, content and collaboration platforms, and device management solutions, all creating entirely new ways for more immersive and inclusive learning experiences.

Mark East, General Manager, Microsoft World Corporate HQ (Education), said, “The partnership with Learning Possibilities and Conceptarian Worx, brings together education specific expertise, proven technology, local support and infrastructure. This union will drive educational impact on Microsoft 365 by further replicating the results of best practice we are now seeing.”

Tom Hill, Country Director, British Embassy Zimbabwe, Department of International Trade, UK Government, added; “Learning Possibilities is a British company working globally to bring its technology to countries around the world. Their success showcases how the innovation of British businesses in education technology can positively impact millions of learners worldwide. We congratulate them on this partnership with Conceptarian Worx.”

About Learning Possibilities
Learning Possibilities is a social enterprise founded in 2007, delivering award-winning secure, affordable and scalable education technology to schools and ministries of education. It has been a Microsoft Gold Partner for over 10 years and is also Microsoft’s Global Alliance Partner. Its solutions are proven through large scale deployment and independent research. The company currently operates in 10 countries, impacting over 25m learners worldwide, through a network of local partners. Learn more at www.learningpossibilities.com

About Conceptarian Worx
Conceptarian Worx is the premier all-round education advisory firm with a network of over 50 premier education providers, providing top tier innovation and international standards within economic reach, to students across the Southern African region who aspire to study abroad. In partnership with Learning Possibilities, Conceptarian Worx will offer class leading technology applied in education, with local support.

Press Contact:

Learning Possibilities
Meena Jamfava
meena.jamfava@lpplus.com
www.learningpossibilities.com

Conceptarian Worx
Sue Bolt info@conceptarianworx.org
www.conceptarianworx.org

NTT DATA Press Release

The partnership will offer schools and governments’ solutions to help drive blended learning during this time of pandemic, enabling educators to support learners in school and at home.

 

Singapore, 11 November 2020 – Learning Possibilities (LP), the global education technology company, and NTT DATA Singapore Pte. Ltd. (NTT DATA), Trusted Global Innovator, today signed a partnership to jointly deliver technology and services to the education sector in Singapore

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities, said, “We are delighted with this partnership. Our technology is cloud based, secure and highly scalable, and working with NTT DATA we can deliver to the customer both a personal experience as well as all the associated products and services. We look forward to serving schools in the country together.”

Learning Possibilities created and published ‘LP+ ADOPT’ the UK National Framework for Adoption of Technology Platforms in Schools, as well as delivering the highly successful Hwb+ national platform for Wales.  It opened its regional office in Singapore in 2019 to expand to the Asia Pacific region.

Ridwan Othman, Head of Education at NTT Data said, “Educational institutions around the region are innovating new ways to keep students safe, engaged and connected – while COVID-19 continues to disrupt the educational landscape. With our solutions that combine the best of breed technology and pedagogy solutions, students can confidently collaborate with educators simultaneously, irrespective of them being on campus or at home.”

LP+ technology, which runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud leveraging Office 365, has four major technologies/solution/platform paving new ways for more immersive and inclusive learning experiences.

  1. school assessment for blended learning,
  2. management of student identity and access,
  3. learning, content and collaboration platforms, and
  4. device management solutions

Dr. Rani Burchmore, Asia Pacific Education Industry Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific, said, “This agreement between Microsoft partners, NTT Data & Learning Possibilities, brings education specific expertise, proven technology, local support and infrastructure. This union will drive educational impact on Microsoft 365 by further replicating the results of best practice we are now seeing. They make a powerful team.”

About Learning Possibilities

Learning Possibilities is a social enterprise founded in 2007, delivering award-winning secure, affordable and scalable education technology to schools and ministries of education. It has been a Microsoft Gold Partner for over 10 years and is also Microsoft’s Global Alliance Partner. Its solutions are proven through large scale deployment and independent research. The company currently operates in 10 countries, impacting over 25m learners worldwide, through a network of local partners.

Learn more at www.learningpossibilities.com

Meena Jamfava
meena.jamfava@lpplus.com

About NTT Data

NTT DATA partners with clients to navigate and simplify the modern complexities of business and technology, delivering the insights, solutions and outcomes that matter most. We deliver tangible business results by combining deep industry expertise with applied innovations in digital, cloud and automation across a comprehensive portfolio of consulting, applications, and infrastructure and business process services.

To find out more please visit us at https://www.nttdata.com/sg/en

Media Contact:                                                  jean.chua@nttdata.com

Education Business Contact:                         ridwan.othman@nttdata.com

LPPlus365 Design

In initially designing LP+365, we took our inspiration from many places. In this blog I wanted to share some of our thoughts during this process.

Firstly I have been a long term user of the iPhone. I see from my own experience, as well as those of other iPhone users, that they use their iPhones for long periods during the day. However, not all iPhone users have the same apps on their phone. Its this ability to select the apps that you want that makes us heavy iPhone users. From an app perspective we all use different apps, but from a phone perspective we are heavy phone users.

Similarly we wanted to ensure high levels of adoption of the LP+365 platform and so we designed it with a selection of tools, rather than a process for teaching. Therefore you will find in LP+365 that there are many ways to do most tasks, and we let the teacher select the tool that suits them. For example, an assignment may be set on the Quiz tool, Assignment tool, Class Notebook, or as an emailed Word Document. A teacher will select the tool that is most appropriate, perhaps based on the tool’s features, or the devices and connectivity available, their own IT-confidence etc. They are not limited to a process, or a single tool. In this way each teacher will use the tools they want, but the app itself sees heavy and regular usage.

Secondly of all the apps on my iPhone, I probably use ‘WhatsApp’ most frequently. I have never had to learn how to use this app, and I find that new features are both instinctive and simple to use. I see that even my mother, who has little experience of technology, has mastered it. We wanted to make LP+365 similarly simple and so all the tools are presented in simple tiles. In addition all features are simplified, with 1 minute – ‘how to’ videos added to each tile, and a selection of languages to use them. Many teachers tell us that as soon as they have mastered one tile, they are able to use the other without formal training.

Does it work? In practice, we see even in very large deployments that more than 90% of schools use LP+365 regularly, and as a result evidence shows that learners gain key digital skills.

Support_Centre

LP+365 support is available to all use directly from with the App. Its packed with useful information to help drive adoption with both Teachers and Students.

The Support Centre includes:

  • A full set of training videos
  • The Teacher Handbook which includes everything there is to know about the App
  • Using LP+365 with Teams to Teach remotely
  • LP+365 Adopt Framework
  • Using LP+365 Offline
  • Webinars
  • Insights from Professor Heppell

New content is added regularly, visit the Support Centre to see more.

CV2: School is closed. Now what…?

Another week of the COVID 19 virus has passed and for many teachers, and employees, remote teaching/working is now a reality, and likely to stay for the long(er) term.

Many schools and universities are desperately applying ‘sticking plaster’ to their hastily compiled remote learning strategies with a mixture of free digital services and content. Whilst this may do the job until schools reopen, the #CoronaVirus should be a wakeup call as it continues to demonstrate our vulnerabilities.

Once schools return, many Heads will start looking at long term solutions. Whilst there are many free digital solutions on the market (#Microsoft #Office365, #Google #Classroom etc.), there is a need in schools for wider considerations.

It thought it would be useful to list my top five below.

1.    Data Security

Security of learner data is paramount, regardless of the solution. Wherever your data come from (SIS, MIS, LIS, spreadsheets, databases etc), it needs to work seamlessly with your digital platforms, providing learners with correct access to classes and the right user privileges. Equally important is where your platform data is stored. Do you know who has access to it? Can it be used by others for marketing or advertising? Does it meet legal and other security requirements?

2.    Which platform should I choose?

There are many digital platforms, it is important to pick the right one. Distance teaching and learning is one of many potential uses. Content management, assignments, collaborative projects, testing and communications are some of the many functions of a good integrated platform. It should also consider local needs with multiple languages, interfaces for different ages, strategies for poor connectivity (or offline learning) and ease of use for the teacher. It’s important to build CPD strategies and develop areas that are important to your school and appropriate for your infrastructure.

3.    Efficacy

Until the Corona Virus outbreak shut schools, remote teaching (in most schools) had been largely a theoretical phenomenon. Schools saw clear benefits in learners accessing work from home, submitting assignments or contributing to projects, but these were largely supplemental to the work that happened in class. A good solution must have proven efficacy, be easy to use and give the teacher a range of tools to suit different teaching styles. This will encourage both platform adoption and skilling-up for teachers.

4.    Stakeholders

Apart from the teachers and learners, there are many other important stakeholders. Direction from the leadership is critical for any digital project to succeed, let alone one that needs fundamental change management. This should be at government, regional and school level. Equally important is the training and support teachers receive, as well as the availability of devices and connectivity.

5.    Hurdles

In my experience, all digital projects face similar hurdles. Policy funding is usually critical, as it an understanding of ongoing funding requirements. Likewise there has always been unjustified fear that technology will replace teachers.

At this time, many schools are focused on completing the academic year with whatever resources and platforms they can use. That is important. But in the longer term, a clear strategy and plan will be invaluable.

The author is Founder and CEO of #EdTech business Learning Possibilities which provides the #LP+365 platform. Please contact us if you need advice, help or support.

G-Cloud 11 Framework

Learning Possibilities announce their inclusion on the G-Cloud 11 framework, for 4th consecutive year

Learning Possibilities (LP) have been selected to deliver cloud services as part of the GCloud 11 Framework 

ELSTREE, England – October. 2019 – Learning Possibilities, a Microsoft Global Alliance Partner have been successfully listed as a G-Cloud 11 supplier on the Digital Marketplace in large-scale identity management, and Software and Support for the 4th consecutive year.

The G-Cloud Framework

The G-Cloud Framework is an agreement between government and suppliers to deliver digital services. The services are broken down into three services, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Software and Cloud Support.

LP are proud to offer services under G-Cloud, including large scale identity management using Azure Active Directory, and the LP+365 application for Microsoft Office 365. These services are offered to both schools, local authorities and governments in both the U.K. and internationally.

About the LP+365 app

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.

About Learning Possibilities

Learning Possibilities was founded in 2007 and develops learning and collaboration platforms on Microsoft Office 365 technologies, used by most corporates. Independent research shows that the LP+ learning platform drives both education outcomes and teacher productivity. The company currently operates in 11 countries worldwide through a network of local partners. Learning Possibilities has also published the LP+ Adopt e-maturity framework for schools, selected by the UK Government as the National Learning Platform Adoption Model. Learn more at

ELSTREE, England – September. 18, 2019 – Learning Possibilities the leading global education platform provider, is delighted to announce the launch of their flagship product, LP+365 integration with Microsoft Teams.

“We are excited that Teams will be a core part of LP+365 allowing easy connection and conversation to help teachers build relationships and professional development communities that make work visible, integrated and accessible across the team” Commented LP CEO, Dr Mehool Sanghrajka.

Teams integrated into the LP+365 Top Menu Bar

LP+365 & Teams Partnership

LP+365 features a new ‘staff room’ icon across the top menu bar providing staff with access to Teams. Staff can store policies, develop professional learning communities, organise conversations, files and notes. This new integration allows staff to utilise the many features that Teams provides. With LP+365, Teams is auto-provisioned to provide all staff with access to this area to contribute to discussions and contribute to the success of the staff community.

 

 

 

Why LP+365 with Teams?

Teams allows schools to engage the voice of every staff member using text, video and voice. It provides staff with the confidence to build a safer, more productive environment, allowing them to delete posts and pause conversations.

Educators can use Teams to share best practices in professional learning communities (PLC) with features like built-in PLC Notebooks. Staff can collaborate on school-wide initiatives in Staff Notebooks and communicate with their peers easily.

The LP+365 platform with an inbuilt assignment tool, language features, collaborative, communicative tools and analytics features and the addition of the Teams ‘staff room’ space provides a full solution to schools.

The team at Learning Possibilities looks forward to seeing the Teams site as teachers start to adopt the LP+365 learning platform.

Teams Staff sites and PLCs

About the LP+365 app

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.

About Learning Possibilities

Learning Possibilities was founded in 2007 and develops learning and collaboration platforms on Microsoft Office 365 technologies, used by most corporates. Independent research shows that the LP+ learning platform drives both educational outcomes and teacher productivity. The company currently operates in 10 countries worldwide through a network of local partners. Learning Possibilities has also published the LP+ Adopt e-maturity framework for schools, selected by the UK Government as the National Learning Platform Adoption Model.

Learning Possibilities, a Microsoft Global Alliance Partner is thrilled to announce that their Learning and Collaboration platform LP+365 will now be integrated with Microsoft Teams.

ELSTREE, England – May. 15, 2019 – Learning Possibilities the leading global education platform provider, is delighted to announce that its flagship product, LP+365 will have full Teams integration later this year.

“We are excited that Teams will be a core part of LP+365 allowing easy connection and conversation to help teachers build relationships and professional development communities that makes work visible, integrated and accessible across the team” Commented LP CEO, Dr. Mehool Sanghrajka

LP+365 will feature a new ‘staff room’ icon for teachers to access the Teams ‘staff room’ site, where they can organise conversations, files and notes. The team at Learning Possibilities looks forward to seeing staff calendars, school policies and professional learning communities develop on the Team site as teachers start to adopt the LP+365 learning platform.

The Teams app will be fully provisioned with teachers as part of the integration and will enable a common area for staff to collaborate and communicate. The integration is expected to be completed within this calendar year.

About the LP+365 app

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.

About Learning Possibilities

Learning Possibilities was founded in 2007 and develops learning and collaboration platforms on Microsoft Office 365 technologies, used by most corporates. Independent research shows that the LP+ learning platform drives both education outcomes and teacher productivity. The company currently operates in 10 countries worldwide through a network of local partners. Learning Possibilities has also published the LP+ Adopt e-maturity framework for schools, selected by the UK Government as the National Learning Platform Adoption Model. Learn more at

www.learningpossibilities.com.

There is no doubt that education is going through a transformation. The need for digital skills for employment and the changing nature of work are certainly key drivers.

However, the disparity between developed and developing worlds, the availability of devices and connectivity, and the culture and beliefs of individual countries are all important considerations.

In this mix, I frequently hear EdTech Gurus talk about personalisation and collaboration. Is this utopia or are they goals that will be adopted globally? More importantly, are there clear trends that we can draw upon for the future of EdTech?

Is EdTech free?

Many large corporates in EdTech currently see the sector as an investment or a CSR opportunity. This means there is little money to be made here and as a consequence, the activities are usually limited to selling enterprise or consumer software at discounted prices. If EdTech is to become a thriving market in its own right, then two fundamental things clearly have to happen; it needs to become a key part of the teaching and learning process, and it’s funding needs to become as essential as buying desks and chairs.

School exams are here to stay

The exam system determines how schools work. Period. It’s the way learners progress and comprehension is measured, the way school performance is measured and sometimes how school/college leaders are rewarded. Exams are here to stay, and possibly for the long term as changing them requires wholesale changes and training to the education workforce. Often EdTech is not required for these exams and many still use the model of learners sitting alone writing answers from memory. In this climate, it is critical that EdTech strategies are clear about how they support this model.

Skills are essential

A recent IDC study listed the skills required by employers in their job adverts. Not surprisingly, the top 10 were all digital skills that learners would only develop through the use of technology to produce work, collaborate and communicate. With a self-disciplined approach and out-of-the-box thinking thrown in for good measure. There was a time when demonstrating the ability to pass exams by memorising knowledge was essential for the job market. That is no longer the case and as employers push for skills, education will need to adapt. We have already helped one government with a digital competency framework, which defines and measures learner proficiency at each key stage. This may become the answer as it sits comfortably alongside the current exam system.

Learning is lifelong

Learning, not knowledge is the key skill for the coming years says Learning Possibilities Chair, Prof Stephen Heppell.  As we move into a world changing at an ever faster pace, the ability to learn at every stage of life will become essential, even if it is to just stay current. Most learning, post-formal education, is through technology as is the vast amounts of knowledge in sites like Wikipedia. Navigating these, but also learning to love learning, will become a key part of school life.

 

Read part 1 and part 2 of the Edtech blog series.

In my last blog, I looked at how the education industry was unique, complex and unlike other ‘corporate’ markets. In this blog, I look at how EdTech is the answer to transforming education, but perhaps not as it is currently.

EdTech has the power to transform technology, but only if it’s adopted. The education system is undergoing this process as the need to encourage digital skills, engage learners and drive employability gains momentum. Adoption is the key.

You don’t need the “M”

LMS, or Learning Management System/solution is the title given to almost all EdTech platforms. Many come and go, and few achieve any scale. These platforms have a common characteristic; they manage the process of teaching and learning. Often created by technologists with little experience of schools, they often focus on automating the teaching process by following sequences or steps. In the corporate world, this drives productivity and cost-saving. In education, not only does this limit the teachers’ pedagogical approach, It requires a large investment in teacher training. Not surprisingly, many LMS end up being little more than document repositories or filing systems with relatively low adoption. Flexibility is the key, in both usage models and pedagogical approaches.

Start with the problem, not with the technology 

Often I see EdTech founders keen to improve education and excited about introducing a new technology. This could be artificial intelligence, robotics or even student voice solutions.

The reality is that educational institutions face a number of challenges; connectivity, device shortages, low levels of technology support staff, and teacher-time to name a few. EdTech founders need to understand both the problems they are addressing as well as the efficacy of their solution. Often this needs to be through proper academic studies if teachers are to believe and invest time in the technology.

It needs scale, needs to be secure and also affordable 

Governments have limited funds and often EdTech is low on the priority list, particularly as it is still possible to pass exams well without the need for technology. Many large companies have ‘education pricing’ strategies for their corporate/consumer solutions with discounts of 80% and more. Yet any solution, for large scale deployment, needs to have scale and security, which costs a great deal of money. Having a strategy to address this, whilst being affordable is a key design criterion that EdTech companies ignore at their peril.

You need an adoption strategy

So you have a large government contract and a deployment plan. Great. The key to getting ongoing business is adoption. Will teachers use the solution? The graveyard of failed EdTech solutions is vast. Adoption begins with product design and usage strategies, not with training. We were so convinced that this was the key to a successful EdTech business, we published our strategy – ADOPT (an acronym for our 5 stages of e-maturity: Awareness, Development, Optimisation, Pioneering and Transformation). It went on to become the UK’s national e-maturity framework and the foundation for all our solution development.

Combined with the uniqueness of the education marketplace (see last blog) these four considerations make EdTech truly distinctive. These characteristics are commonplace in those who succeed in the education world, however, I suspect that many of you will be wondering if this is just too difficult? The answer for Learning Possibilities has been the dual benefits of being a growing business and the satisfaction of seeing a large number of learners gain improved education outcomes.

In the next blog, I look at the current trends in education and how they will dictate future EdTech marketplaces.