A Decade of Success

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Learning Possibilities 10 Year Anniversary

Learning Possibilities turned a decade old on the 23rd of May this year. Many of our competitors, sadly, didn’t make it to 2017 and some wisdom was lost from education as a result. But our little family of folk are still together, still focused on education and still caring about making learning better, with some considerable success, to my delight. We haven’t really found time to properly celebrate our anniversary because life is so busy. We have projects kicking off in Vietnam and Malaysia this month alone.

But I thought I would mark the moment by looking back over our first decade, and to reflect on the decade to come too. Of course the world wide web code was released further back in 1995 and those early pre Learning Possibilities years were very much about publishing “stuff” on-line. Files and web pages had a Uniform Resource Locator, the URL, and it was all about those resources. Content was going to be king, as a number of publishers tried to persuade me, but my first advent calendar right at the dawn of the WWW immediately created a little community of users, chatting on-line together. It wasn’t Content that was king, but we saw that Community might perhaps be sovereign!. People had enjoyed their bulletin boards and simple forums from back into the 1980s, schools had logged in to services like Campus 2000, or The Times Network for Schools (TTNS) with their new fangled modems, but by 2007 a decade of progress had seen those “walled” and isolated bulletin boards embrace a new web based ability to be connected and interlinked to all, thanks to web protocols.

In the UK a 1997 promise by the incoming Blair government to give every child an email address by the millennium (MillieMail) was dropped (sigh) but the principles and code underpinning it produced some very interesting communities: 21,000 headteachers on-line in Talking Heads from 1999 for example, or the then Guinness Book of Records World’s largest Internet learning Project in Tesco SchoolNet 2000 with computer labs in every store and an exhortation to take part on every carrier bag. These projects, and others too, set the tone: people liked to work together on-line asynchronously, to have an audience for their work, and to see what others were doing too. As usual, in education the UK was pioneering and leading.

Around the world others were arriving, a little late, to the party too. Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University student Eduardo Saverin set up Facebook for fellow students in 2004; Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams set up Twitter in 2006. Dorsey was an undergraduate student at New York University and you will notice how all this innovation comes out of education.

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I remember chatting with Biz early on – we were sharing a conference platform – about the moment that he realised how powerful social platforms might be (it was really the Iranian Elections in 2009) beyond education.

Meanwhile, at the Department of Education Charles Clarke’s civil servants had published “Towards a Unified e-Learning Strategy”. These were the days when UK educational policy still led the world in the way that it embraced technology to make learning better. Charlie Clarke had a teenage son, so he really did understand what was needed! One result of this reflection was a commitment to learning platforms, to getting every child connected and Learning Possibilities was just one of those initial platforms.

A lot has happened during our first decade:
the iPhone appeared first in 2007 and Apple dropped the word Computer from its company name; Google Streetview also appeared that year – the earliest images were captured with a tripod mounted camera on a tricycle!; Dropbox was founded. Gmail appeared finally in 2009, that same year Über and AirBnB were founded; in 2010 the collapsed Palm company (remember Palm Pilots?) was sold to Hewlett Packard, and in 2011 Microsoft bought Skype. By 2011 ARM – the UK chipmaker that had grown out of dear old Acorn, the BBC B’s maker, announced that there were more ARM chips on the planet than arms (assuming that most but not all folk had two arms) and from 2013 people were using their arms to swipe left or right in Tinder – changing dating for many for ever. By 2014 so much had happened that the Science Museum in London opened its first Information Age gallery to look back at all this heady progress. It is the most wonderful place to visit because many of you will have the exhibits on show also in your attics.

Whats next?

So what happens next? What does the future at Learning Possibilities look like? We have some dramatic technologies coming along: machine learning and artificial intelligence, adaptive testing and smart learning, telepresence, virtual and augmented realities, new tiny form factors for our smart little silicon friends – the Apple Watch, Fitbit straps. We have connected devices as The Internet of Things revolution spreads. We have Google Lens turning your camera into a search engine, and there are new ways to interact with our technology via intelligent agents like Cortana and Siri. We have remarkable new insights from neuroscience, and we have neural networks now, with quantum computing soon – proper computing power!

But this isn’t technological determinism. As teachers and students we still need to decide how best to use these new techs. I happen to believe that the most innovative and best ways to use these new technologies should continue to come from education. We have myriad curious and ingenious young minds to take us forward if we give them the freedom to explore through their makerspaces and beyond.

And here at Learning Possibilities we continue to keep our eyes on the horizon and our feet on the ground – adding new tech power where it is needed, keeping a watching brief where the uses are less obvious. Our certainty going forwards is that children love to learn and they love to learn with others. We intend to keep providing ways to let them enjoy doing just that.

London, United Kingdom — June 1, 2017Learning Possibilities, today announced it has been named a finalist in the 2017 Microsoft Public Sector: Education Partner of the Year Award. The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. (more…)

Learning Possibilities are delighted to be exhibiting on the HP stand at BETT Middle East 2017. This follows on from two successful events at BETT Asia and BETT UK where we exhibited in partnership with HP and Microsoft.

The exhibition to be held at the Dusit Thani in Abu Dhabi on 25-26 April 2017, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities commented:

“Following our successful event at BETT UK we are excited to be on the HP stand at BETT Middle East. We look forward to meeting our partners and customers over the two days.”

For further details please visit https://middleeast.bettshow.com/

For many, a new year means new goals, challenges and adventures.
For the team here at Learning Possibilities this is no different, and we certainly have plenty planned throughout 2017 to support our mission, (more…)

Elstree, 25th July 2016 — Learning Possibilities Limited (LPL), UK’s leading cloud based learning platform provider, has again been shortlisted for the Education Investor Awards this year, after winning the Education Investor Award for Technological Infrastructure in 2014 and 2015. .

This year the company is running for two Awards, the first under the grand-prix for Education Partnership of the Year, with Microsoft for the development of their latest Learning Management System (LMS), LP+365 built on Office 365 and Azure to transform learning; and the second under suppliers for the use of educational technology.

The company won the 2014 Education Investor Award for Technological Infrastructure, after securing a contract with the Welsh Government for the provision of an LMS for all schools in Wales. In 2015, Learning Possibilities again won the Education Investor Award for Technological Infrastructure, soon after the announcement of the extension of the contract for the all Wales national learning platform, Hwb+ to 2018.

Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities, was delighted to be shortlisted again. He said:

“The Education Investor Awards are the UK’s most prominent EdTech Awards, and we are delighted the our innovation and achievement in the education technology sector has been recognized again this year. It is our company’s mission to enhance teaching and learning and to help students achieve more, through the provision of innovative and advanced technology.”

To learn more about the company and its advanced education technology, please visit our website

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 used by over 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

About LP+365

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.

For more information contact Bansri Mehta | +44 (0) 20 8236 1018 | bansri.mehta@lpplus.com

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Learning Possibilities announced today that it has secured £3.9 million (UKP) in capital and debt for its Series A financing round, in order to accelerate growth and increase the adoption of its cloud solutions for the education market. The financing represents a significant investment in learning platforms and reinforces our confidence in the sector, both in the UK and globally. The round was led by Niveda Group and Impact Ventures UK with a number of other investors and debt providers.

Learning Possibilities intends to use the additional financing to further drive market adoption, expand its global reach, accelerate product development and innovation, invest in additional sales, marketing and customer service resources, and evaluate strategic opportunities.

“Learning Possibilities’ goal is to empower teachers and students to achieve greater performance through enabling both social, educational and technical skills – to help them connect, inform, and succeed like never before,” says Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities. “This capital gives us additional resources to expand quickly and strategically into new markets, innovate rapidly, and deliver on our vision around the world”.

“LP’s potential to drive improvement in educational outcomes and create sustained social impact, along with the scalability of its business model and the experience of its management team, made this a compelling investment opportunity for us,” says Shantanu Bhagwat, Venture Partner at Impact Ventures UK. “We are excited by the company’s product offerings, including LP+365 and their promise to create an engaging, collaborative and intuitive learning environment for students and teachers.”

“It is very rare to find a technology solution that requires little, training or technical support” says Vishaal Shah, Chief Investment Officer of Niveda Group. “The simplicity of LP+365, which has transformed the traditional Office 365 software suite into an intuitive application, gives us great confidence that it will continue to be used widely, making education, knowledge and information easily accessible by all communities regardless of literacy levels”.

About Learning Possibilities
Learning Possibilities are an award winning, 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 used by over 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


About Niveda Group

Niveda Group is a global multi-family office, looking after the interests of 40 families globally. The group has investment interests in Real Estate, Hospitality, Finance, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Energy & Infrastructure across North America, Western Europe, South Asia & East Africa. Niveda’s model is to identify and work with best-in-class visionary partners who are driving change in their industries. In-house expertise and experience provides them with practical, hands-on knowledge to foster long-term success. For more information on Niveda and all of its investments, visit: Niveda Group Website

About Impact Ventures UK (IVUK)
IVUK was launched by LGT Venture Philanthropy (now LGT Impact Ventures) in association with Berenberg with a cornerstone investment from Big Society Capital, the financial institution with a social mission. IVUK’s diverse investor base includes UK and European institutional investors, asset owners and private clients, reflecting the appeal of the fund across different sources of capital. It is one of the first social impact funds to attract investment from a UK local authority pension fund. IVUK invests in enterprises that create strong, positive social impact for disadvantaged people and communities in the UK as well as generating a financial return. Impact Ventures UK Website

For more information contact Bansri Mehta | +44 (0) 20 8236 1018 | bansri.mehta@lpplus.com

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Learning Possibilities, UK’s leading cloud based learning platform provider, are delighted to announce that its Board has today approved a company-wide share option scheme for staff. The scheme is open to all Directors and staff with 2 years of service.

Stephen Heppell, Chairman, commented:

“I am delighted we have granted our first share options to staff and that 80% of the Company is eligible. We want them to be part of our ownership structure and share in our success.”

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities, said,

“It has long been a dream of mine to extend ownership of the business to staff here. I am delighted that we have managed to get a tax-efficient scheme in place.”

Find out more about Learning Possibilities on our website

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Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading cloud based learning platform provider, and Microsoft today announce a global alliance that will benefit schools and transform the way schools use Office 365, through the launch of the new LP+365 App.

The App, which runs on the Microsoft Azure cloud, transforms Office 365 into a school LMS, and presents the learner with a virtual school. The alliance adds to the successful partnership both companies have had since 2003 when Learning Possibilities developed the first cloud based Microsoft SharePoint learning platform.

LP+365 captures the essence of the LP+ platform and adoption pedagogies to bring a teaching and learning focused approach to Office 365 which will significantly increase global adoption of Microsoft Office 365 in education.

Larry Nelson, Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner Strategy Lead, said that:

“The alliance of Microsoft and Learning Possibilities adds to our investment in the Office 365 for education which is offered free to schools. Learning Possibilities brings educational relevance to Office 365 through their expertise in learning platforms and technology adoption, carrying focus on learner engagement and driving digital competency.”

Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities commented:

“I am delighted that together Microsoft and Learning Possibilities are aligning their investment in education to enhance learning in schools. Driving digital competencies in education is critical at this time and I believe this alliance will contribute greatly to this goal.”

Learning Possibilities will be in the Microsoft Village at Bett UK in January, 2016, showcasing their new LMS, LP+365. The preview App of LP+365 is available now from our website here.

LP+365 Launch Event Overview

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Learning Possibilities were delighted to Launch their new learning platform built on Microsoft Office 365 and Azure and the Microsoft headquarters in Reading, UK on 1st December 2015. The launch was a proud moment for all at Learning Possibilities, and was complemented by speakers like Professor Stephen Heppell and Steve Beswick (Director Education, Microsoft) who leads the Microsoft Education Partners in the UK. Watch our video overview of the launch event, and feel the excitement of the day.