Stephen Heppell

Our chairman, professor Stephen Heppell shares best practices on helping you make your home working space the very best it can be to keep you bright, engaged, clever and productive. click here to read Stephens post on working from home and click here to read his post on online working.

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LP+365 allows you to Teach from home. Scheduling a video call in Teams is simple, add the invitation to the LP+365 class dashboard and all of your students can access your class remotely. Video calls allow you teach remotely in the same way as you would in the classroom, whether its teaching to the whole class or one to one. Just some of the many useful features include, both Teachers and Students having full access to their LP+365 classroom, the option to turn webcams on and off for privacy, sharing your desktop with your class and recording the class to share later with any absentees.

 

There is a video guide on the LP+365 support site that shows you the simple process of scheduling a video call and sharing it with your class.

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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.

Italy’s announcement to close its schools won’t be the last. Schools in other countries are also closed as the virus gets a firm grip on everything from travel to sport to medicine supply.

Coronavirus: Italy to close all schools as deaths rise

Over the past two decades education reformists have had visions of self paced learning, online collaboration and enabling meaningful learning outside school. All attempts so far have struggled because the exam systems rarely look for these skills and teaching to the test is still the norm in many parts of the world.

It is well known that digital both engages learners and provides skills necessary for employment. However connectivity, devices and classroom management all pose real world challenges.

This vision will now have to finally become a reality. The virus is here to stay, and schools will have to quickly learn to distribute resources, teach and manage online assignments, and collaborate/communicate digitally. Whether this is through free tools provided by Google and Microsoft, or more structured platforms such as LP+365, the reality is that schools will have to become like workplaces, many of whom have also asked employees to work from home.

Technical Update

Update

Over the past 6 months, the LP Technical Teams have tirelessly worked on delivering projects for the Asia market.

After market due diligence, it was evident there was a need for a completely new Identity and Access Management protocol to be setup targeting a countrywide deployment.

Using our experience and knowledge of Microsoft products, the system foundations were designed for a countrywide rollout with future enhancements currently at the planning stage. These deployments would allow various technologies that are currently segregated to be consolidated, including the LP+365 Learning and Collaboration platform, using single sign-on.

The overall goal is to ensure the technology enables teachers to deliver education needs effectively!

LP+365 is integrated with Microsoft Teams, allowing teachers to access Teams from anywhere within LP+365 application through the menu bar. (See image)

Teams includes a Staffroom where Teachers can collaborate and communicate with other Teachers within the school. ‘Conversations’ allows Teachers to communicate via instant messaging and video meetings. ‘Files’ allows files and folders to be shared and the ‘Staff Notebook’ includes a collaboration space, content library and a private section for each member of staff.

Teams also allows Teachers to schedule video calls with their students when they need to Teach remotely. Video calls allow full access to LP+365 and include the options of sharing desktops, turning webcams on and off  and the recording of the class to share later with any absentees.

After 5 successful years working in Elstree, we are thrilled to be moving our UK based office to Croxley Business Park!

Why are we moving?

As a social enterprise Learning Possibilities wanted to move to an environmentally friendly working space in which the team can continue to be productive and work towards their mission of transforming the education of millions of learners world wide.

Why Croxley Business Park?

The park is a completely environmentally friendly working space with on-site food composting to cardboard bailing and rainwater harvesting. 100% renewable energy, provide charging points for electric vehicles, run a park-wide car-sharing scheme, bike spaces, beekeeping, Environmentally aware schemes on the park- Zero waste to landfill, 100% waste recycled, 100% renewable energy source, on-site food composting and cardboard bailing, rainwater harvesting, Park-wide car share scheme and charging points for electric cars.

Well Connected Hub More than just a great place to do business, Croxley Park is a well-connected hub, and home to a thriving community of more than 60 companies and 2400 employees

Croxley Park’s amenities and exciting events programme building stronger connections for working life

Contact us to learn more about our new exciting working space or to arrange a demonstration of our learning solutions.

 

 

Learning Possibilities is pleased confirm the launch of its first office in Asia, in Singapore, to manage its growing portfolio of opportunities in the region. Over the past 3 years, the young population and government focus on education, has resulted in the region becoming a key part of the Company’s growth strategy. Learning Possibilities will establish an operations centre in the region to provide a launchpad for the business to make a significant social impact and accomplish its goal of bettering the lives of 100 million learners by 2022. The office will serve as the London based group’s regional headquarters for its activities in the Asian and Asia Pacific regions.

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