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.
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.
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.
As we reflect on a successful 8 years of holding the national contract for digital wales we look back on the impact the platform had in inculcating Microsoft technologies into schools across wales.
Check out the Microsoft blog below & take a look back at the successful project:
Initiative: Monitoring and measuring learning outcomes
✓ Enjoyed sharing resources and sending messages via the app. Easy to communicate particularly useful using the announcement and discussion tools.
✓ LP+365 enables student engagement inside and outside of the classroom
✓ LP+365 supports blended learning pedagogical scenarios
✓ LP+365 develops self-paced personalised learning strategies
The Ashok Leyland School in the Hosur region of Tamil Nadu is committed to providing the best possible learning environment for a rapidly changing world. LP+365 is perfectly placed to support Ashok Leyland School’s sustainable and scalable model aiming to achieve a 20% improvement in learning levels of students as well as a 20% reduction in dropout rates and increase in attendance and engagement.
The success criteria for this project centred around being able to measure how far LP+365 helps at least three-quarters of the students are able to integrate technology with their lesson, collaborating and sharing their views and ideas across collaboration tools.
Chandrachoodeshwaran M, Microsoft digital learning coordinator at Ashok Leyland School said:
“The students have really enjoyed integrating digital technology into their pedagogical journey. Using the Office 365 toolset integrated into the LP+365 app makes teaching more time efficient.”
For teachers, the advantages of the LP+365 learning and collaboration platform are clear. LP+365 enables the school to reach the government set goals to improve not only student learning outcomes but the collaboration tools contribute towards improving attendance and student engagement.
Chandrachoodeshwaran M explained adding the ability to personalise content has had a positive outcome on focused learning:
“The auto-provisioned Class Notebook is a major advantage of the app over using OneNote, improving class collaboration.”
Looking back, we were delighted with our participation numbers, the quantity of resources and of children’s work, the sheer scale, our confirmed hunches about the future, and of the way that our decisions about tight protection at all times of our users’ privacy, have proved to be absolutely correct.
But looking back there are some useful lessons from the project – which Microsoft confirmed as “a global showcase and an example of how technology can support change in educational practice” (Larry Nelson, Worldwide Managing Director). These aren’t a criticism of the past, just a useful set of key learnings from this vast project to inform everyone’s future practice:
- Building a platform for all the children in a nation is complex. If you do it really well, no one will know just how complex it was! For the Hwb+ system has used 821 GB which includes 42 GB of public facing Web site files (Read More). But technology helps complexity to be managed. That technology will change and it is important to have eyes on the horizon whilst the practical feet on the ground stuff is happening. As an example the work we did to plug in data analytics is important in 2018, but will be enormously more important by 2020.
- Secondly, it is easy for policymakers to forget about the children from time to time. Our Welsh users created an enormous amount of work – from blogs and poems to coursework and exam material. This isn’t just a vast repository of their good work, it is a valuable historical archive that will be increasingly valuable as time passes. Thought needs to be given to that resource before it gets to be too big to cherish.
- Of course, teachers are without a doubt the most hardworking group of professionals on the planet. They are smart, qualified, passionate about their children and often exhausted! Enabling their professional development needs to be about reducing their burden as teachers whilst making their teaching even more effective. That rarely happens from a top-down approach to CPD. We have very much wanted to support CPD using the wisdoms that were emerging from our most passionate users – by teachers for teachers. It is hard for top-down national policy to directly support bottom-up developments. That needs careful and enlightened planning.
- Analysing raw server data is difficult. The easy numbers are rarely actually simple. For example users might share computers, might amass work off-line connecting less regularly, might contribute multiple media as well as text, might be the indispensable “heart and soul of the community” but without contributing much formally, and so on. We really believe that good research can reveal far better insights than simple KPIs. That good research needs to be built in and funded, and part of the dialogue with users.
- But finally, as we had confirmed by so many tweets and blogs and conversations and enthusiastic children: this was worth doing. With almost 200 countries in the world, the baton is being passed on from Wales. What those countries do next will be even more interesting…
Our six year contract with the Welsh government has now reached its conclusion; following the three year extension after an independent review confirming its “value for money”. Time to look back, and forwards!
Our conversations with the government began in 2012 and rightly there was a complex and competitive procurement route to follow from there. Nevertheless, everyone wanted to get started as quickly as possible; a year would seem a very long wait for a five year old! Hwb+ began quickly, and grew even quicker. We launched the project with Leighton Andrews, the then Education Minister in 3 months, Andrews referred to the project as a “world-class system for those aged 3 to 19” (Source: BBC, 2012). At Learning Possibilities we are proud of the scale and impact of our work in Wales with 540,0000 active accounts and 87% of schools logging in in 2017 (Read More) and being referred to by Microsoft as “one of the largest deployments of its type” (Larry Nelson, Worldwide Managing Director).
The last decade has seen so many new technology developments: satnav on your phone, Snapchat, Instagram, üBer, 4G networking, properly smart watches, the Hadron Collider, Siri with Alexa and friends, and so much more. Our project began on a very fast moving conveyor belt of global innovation and we felt that all our design work had to be “future aware”. Even our six years with the Welsh government have proved to be a long time in technology-years. As the contract’s years passed, we added everything from Skype conferencing to big data analytics, but also pragmatic things like off-line working and many more terabytes of storage. Not everything needed to evolve; our initial certainty about the importance of user privacy might have seemed a bit obsessive at the outset, but has proved to be prescient as recent scandals about data privacy have shown. Welsh students’ data safely housed in the UK now looks very clearly the right call. What evolved in this case was others’ understanding of online danger.
Perhaps most interestingly, where Hwb+ had begun perhaps as a shared learning platform, it became the cement in a community of learners and one with a designed future-proofing, because we knew, and know, the emerging and changing needs of learners.
One key lesson from Finland’s much lauded education system is of the importance of collaboration and exchange between schools going forwards. As the OECD put it: “Children entering school in 2018… Will need to be responsible and empowered, placing collaboration above division, and sustainability above short-term gain” (Read more here). That OECD vision of collegiality and collaboration needs more than a tool to support blogs, chats, homework and content. It needs accessible and visual data that allows the individual to model and compare their efforts, and for teams to see who has done what, for whom.
The Welsh government were prescient back in 2012 to commission the very tool that would allow their users to build national collaboration. What started as a platform finished looking very much like a conduit for community.
And now, as we move forward it is perhaps no surprise to the see the level of interest from other nations as they too seek to make their learning better and to build the sense of togetherness that is looking more and more important as a slightly unstable world moves forward.
We were hugely proud of what we did in wales, but even more excited to see what we can do for other nations as they realise the power of collaborative spaces for learners and professionals alike, on-line and face to face. One important dimension in that collaboration is the role of language and of course our Welsh project was properly bi-lingual with Welsh and English to the fore. Technology is only just starting to hint at its ability to allow collaboration across cultures, but surely nothing is more important socially? Technology might eventually bring us something akin to Douglas Adam’s Babelfish, but without evolving the habit of equitable cross cultural collaboration, such wonderful technologies will be wasted.
Six years of progress? Well yes, but for us it was also 6 years of clarity in our understanding of what learners and teachers need, worldwide. Can’t wait to see what the next 6 years bring…
Former Welsh Education Minister joins Learning Possibilities, the providers of Hwb+, the All Wales National Learning Platform
Elstree, 3rd November 2016 — Learning Possibilities Limited (LPL), the global learning company behind Hwb+, the All Wales National Learning Platform, is delighted to announce that Leighton Andrews, the former Welsh Government Assembly Member and Education Minister has joined its team as a Board Advisor.
Leighton Andrews, was Education Minister when Hwb+ was launched in Wales in 2012. Today Hwb+ is a core component for delivering the new Welsh curriculum and the Digital Competence Framework.
He will be assisting the Company with its global expansion plans and with its aim to drive the LP+ platform into the rest of the UK. In Wales he will work with the local LP+ team to expand and integrate the use of Hwb+ in schools.
Leighton, will be instrumental with Prof. Stephen Heppell, in advising the Board on their education strategy, vision and direction.
Stephen Heppell, Chairman of Learning Possibilities, commented:
“We are a social enterprise and at our heart is a passion to allow children to be the best they possibly can. In everything Leighton has done, he has evidenced that same passion. I’m delighted to welcome him aboard.”
About Learning Possibilities
Learning Possibilities are an award winning, Global Alliance and 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 for 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. For more information visit: Learning Possibilities Website
LP+365 is the most advanced LMS built on Office 365. The solution fully utilizes the power of Office 365 and will give schools an education focused and effective learning platform delivering the LP+ ADOPT pedagogy, and features and functionality of the LP+4 platform.
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Have you ever stopped to think about how often you collaborate with other people? Take a moment to think about your day. You wake up and may have to collaborate with the rest of your family on who uses the bathroom first.
On your way to school you will probably talk to your friends. Once at school you will collaborate with your teacher, your class mates and friends from other classes. Social media is fast becoming the major means of collaboration. It cannot replace face-to-face contact but it does have its advantages as long as it is used responsibly and appropriately. Hwb+ is a safe on line learning platform where pupils and staff can collaborate, and every school in Wales has access to their own Hwb+ site.
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