Its been just over a year since the world began shutting down. Around March 2020, Classroom learning was suspended, parents became teachers overnight and the screen (laptop, phone, tablet) became the mode of communication and delivery. Teachers became IT professionals, while “the cloud” (just like Apple & Amazon) had more than one meaning. Teams and Zoom effectively became bywords for communication tools.

As the pandemic developed, first came the panic as cities hollowed out (for the lucky few), followed by determination that we will defeat this, accompanied by the positive spin that our new lives were better, more calmer and family time was precious.

12 months on and reality is sinking in, if not sunk in. Parents can never replace teachers (the sigh of relief, jumps of joy, etc, in the UK on Monday as schools reopened was telling!), and zoom can never replace schools and classroom. However, many are also realising that technology does have an important role to play, and education is a collaborative approach between teacher, parents and the community. Many kids appreciate their teachers and parents more and are perhaps even more grateful for their friends. If having exams caused anxiety for children, the cancellation of exams in the UK seemed to have caused even more anxiety and panic for both parents and children.

All of this seems to suggest that while change is required, the approach needs to be considered, calculated and outcome driven. Companies of all shapes and sizes have rushed out solutions (some brand new, some modified), without as much as a second thought around outcomes and the long term implications. EdTech has become the new arena for commercialisation, but with a significant part of the world still trying to work out what Ed(ucation) it needs, incorporating Tech(nology) into the equation is not the do all, solve all solutions.

Digital skills are important, but it is even more important to develop broader skillset – interpersonal skills, non-digital communication skills, teamwork among others – and create an environment outside the screen. Culture, Dance, Music, Sport is just as, if not more important for our mental and physical wellbeing.

The mental effects are only just beginning to show, with phenomena like “Zoomed out”, “Teams Fatigue” are now a regular occurrence. Children who are introverted, or from areas with poor connectivity, or simply resource poor (not everyone has the latest device), often struggle to engage and beginning to suffer from low morale and self-worth.

Therefore, schools are now even more important, and it is critical that resources need to be focused on the right areas to improve the schools and the education system as a whole for the future, making it more resilient, more adaptable and more accessible.

As the past 12 months how shown us, technology can help fill the gaps, but it can never replace our need for social human interaction and 12 months on, it is clear that the schools of the future will need to have an element of blended learning to make it inclusive, accessible and resilient to whatever the future may hold.

Blueprint for School Recovery white paper.

 

 

Education 2021: Road Ahead

Blueprint for School Recovery white paper.

Recording of webinar, 02/12/20.

 

App Updates

E-Library

During the COVID pandemic schools globally were faced with no classroom based learning. While the decision was made to close schools undoubtedly saved lives, but posed disruption to students.

While schools scramble to adjust to the new norm, Learning Possibilities took this initiative to enhance their Lp+365 product to ensure that new but secure  features were made available for students to use for their on-line experience.

App Feature Updates:

  • e-Library – The e-library is a selection of over 15,000 educational titles, including classics, from around the world that have been part of the foundations of education for centuries.

All books are available to download onto any device and can even be viewed offline.

The search and filter options help you to find the exact content that you are looking for and you can also mark books as favourites to make them easily available from the favourites Tab.

Collections are groups of books on a particular subject that are presented together for your convenience.

  • White-label – Partner now have the option to White-label the App.

General Updates:

  • Security – Bug fixes to address vulnerabilities.
  • Skype Chat – Skype chat has been removed from the App as Microsoft are withdrawing the product.
Top 100 Stars in UK Tech

We are delighted to announce that our CEO, Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, has been awarded Top 20 Asian Tech Pioneer in the UK for 2020. Full details of the list are below.

“2020 has been a very difficult year for schools and businesses, and I am delighted that our efforts to help schools cope with this pandemic and give them a blueprint for the future have been recognised.  I thank the amazing team at Learning Possibilities for all that they do. We look forward to working with even more schools in 2021.”, said Mehool.

Details of the award can be found here:

Asian Tech Pioneers 2020 – Asian Stars in UK Tech (asiansintech.com)

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

Parent and Guardian access

OneNote

The Class Notebook is a feature packed part of LP+365. You may already know that each student is automatically provided with their own private section including class notes, Quizzes, Handouts, e-Portfolio and Homework. Teachers can also add additional sections to reflect different requirements within the school curriculum and there is also a collaboration space and content library. The class notebook can also be used offline and has its own dedicated mobile App for both Android and IOS.

What you may not know about the Class Notebook is that teachers can generate a unique link for each student that can be shared with the students parent or guardian, allowing them to follow their child’s progress throughout the academic year.

Teachers can generate the unique links by following the 5 simple steps below.

1. Select the Class Notebook icon on the Class Notebook tile.

2. Select Manage Notebooks.

3. Select the Class Notebook.

4. Select ‘Parent and Guardian links’.

5. The Teacher can now generate links for individual students or the whole class and share them with their Parent or guardian. The links are read only and no account is required to access them.

Using the link, the parent or guardian can now access their child’s class notebook and follow their progress throughout the academic year. In the example below the parent or guardian can see the students most recent homework.