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.

Microsoft now offer new options for applying custom styles and colours to sites that make it easier to define and manage themes across site collections. More details can found here.

The default theme has also been changed resulting in a change of colour to the LP+365 dashboards. You can change the colour back to the original blue by signing in as the Administrator and following the instructions below.

  1. Select any class from the class menu.
  2. Select the Announcement tile title. 
     
  3. Delete everything in the URL after “sharepoint.com” and select enter.
     
  4. Select the “setting cog” and “change the look”.
     
  5. Select Theme.
     
  6. Select the Blue theme and select save.
     
  7. Return to the App homepage, refresh the browser and the App will have changed back to the original colour.
Building a social enterprise – a Founder’s view

I was excited to have been recently interviewed by the London Law Collective, on my inspirations, successes and challenges in founding Learning Possibilities, a social enterprise, and advice I would offer to others. You can see the interview on their website.

How to use the lockdown to boost your grades

Over the past few months there has been an exceptional amount focus on education technology and home learning, and while that is a good thing for the long term, the reality for many students in the UK and possibly around the world is that their academic success will be measured by grades achieved in exams and assessments. We were kindly provided access to this amazing webinar by the amazing folks at Cat8, a voluntary organisation setup to provide support during these Covid times, with useful information, thoughts and resources shared in a number of subjects including health, education and finance. To see more of these webinars, you can visit their Youtube Channel

As many students in the UK find out their grades in this fortnight, there are undoubtedly going to be a lot of challenges as many students may find themselves receiving lower grades than expected and therefore will no doubt request to sit exams in the autumn. Globally, similar scenes are playing out as exams are postponed and/or cancelled for the year. Therefore, we felt that this very interesting webinar by Cat8 could be very useful for anxious parents and students who intend to sit for exams in the coming months, who can use this holiday/lockdown time to improve their grades.

 

LP+365 supports all teaching methods including ‘Structured courses’ which some teachers may have used previously on other LMS platforms. ‘Structured courses’ allow teachers to present all of their learning resources and activities together to their students, in one simple package. Watch ‘How to create a Structured course in LP+365’ below to find out more.

To read an independent paper evaluating LP+365 and Moodle, click here.

How do we think about data

At Learning Possibilities we have handled data for millions of young people. Protecting learner data was paramount in the design of the LP+365 platform, and continues to be our #1 focus area. Our initial selection of a Tier 4 data centre, and subsequently the Microsoft Azure Cloud were based predominantly on security considerations.

Today, we continue to embed data security and access management into our platform. This includes data sovereignty to ensure that the location of the data, even within the cloud, is guaranteed.

We ensure that the data is encrypted at every level, and with strong identity management, access is limited to appropriate functionality and resources. Every user has an individual login ID and password which provides access to the platform. This can be strengthen by adding multi factor authentication.

Every system that has human interfaces also has potential vulnerabilities. However, our tiered approach is designed to minimise these, to ensure the safety and security of our learners, whilst they benefit from our learning and collaboration platforms.

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.