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.


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BETT 2017 Highlights

THANK YOU

We had a great time at this year’s BETT Show, and were delighted at the opportunity to showcase LP+365, our flagship Office 365 based Learning Management System (LMS) on two stands: the HP and the Microsoft Partner Village stands.

Before anything else, we would like to thank you for your continued support. As a social enterprise we’re totally focused on the impact of our solutions, so nothing beats your invaluable feedback.

OUR ANNUAL BETT NETWORKING EVENT

We had a superb evening at our annual BETT networking event. We were very honoured to be joined by a great group of friends, from the likes of ‘Disney to Dubai’ – in the words of our Chairman, Professor Stephen Heppell!

What better way to kick off the BETT Show than with a party?

SHOWCASING LP+365

Having a Global Alliance and Gold partnership with Microsoft, we were very excited to showcase our latest Office 365 based LMS at the BETT show.

The app is installed onto your schools Office 365 tenancy, transforming Office 365 from a productivity tool to an educational learning platform that is easy-to-use; and will support good teaching and positive learning outcomes.

We’ve created two simple dashboards:
– A personal dashboard that centralises your personal information, including emails, events, OneDrive files, a breakdown of homework and assignments and access to Skype for business.

– A class dashboard that facilitates communication, collaboration, sharing and management of homework, assignments and resources.
Each class site has the same look and feel – keeping it consistent to make understanding and using the app as straight forward as possible.

Each class site will have the same look and feel – keeping it consistent to make understanding and using the app as straight forward as possible.

PARKLANDS PRIMARY – ‘SUCCESSFUL ROLLOUTS OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES’

Having been friends and a customer of ours for 10 years, Parklands Primary recently decided to make the move from LP+4 over to LP+365 our latest platform.
We were pleased to welcome Chris Dicken, Teacher at Parklands to join us at BETT. Chris told us how LP+365 was a faster, fresher model of LP+ and how they were going to enable staff and students to make use of the Office 365 toolset enhancing good teaching and learning.

SONIA MCLAUGHLIN – PEDAGOGY BEFORE TECHNOLOGY’

Sonia McLaughlin has been working in the industry for 5 years and knows first-hand how schools are benefiting from technologies like LP+365. Sonia discussed and showcased real examples of how schools are using our solutions Worldwide, helping teachers offer their students enhanced learning experiences.

PROFESSOR STEPHEN HEPPELL ON ‘REINVENTING LEARNING’

Professor Heppell’s enthusiasm for learning and moving the education sector forward is contagious. So much so, it’s difficult not to stop and listen when he’s speaking.
Stephen spoke about reinventing learning with support of effective and suitable technology.

MICROSOFT’S JOE BELFIORE AT LP+

Joe Belfiore is Corporate Vice President, Windows ‘PC-Tablet-Phone’ at Microsoft. We were honoured to have Joe visit our stand, and were very happy to have the opportunity to introduce him to LP+365.

CHAIRMAN, PROF. STEPHEN HEPPELL IN THE BETT ARENA

The BETT Arena is renown for its inspirational, thought provoking and jaw dropping key notes by some of the industry’s biggest names including Sir Ken Robinson, Imogen Heap, Anthony Salcito, and our very own Chairman, Prof. Stephen Heppell.
Our stand at HP was almost directly under the big BETT arena screens. So although we knew Stephen would be speaking, seeing his face from so high above was quite a (pleasant) surprise!

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Digital Learning Portfolios

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Darren Park Road to RioBlog

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.

Schools across Wales are beginning to collaborate with each other using Hwb+. Many schools are taking part in joint projects such as ‘The Road to Rio’ where pupils are collaborating with pupils from other schools by sharing photographs, blogging about information they have discovered about the Olympics and sharing ideas with each other through discussions online.