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Learning Possibilities and E-W Information Systems in Sri Lanka sign Agreement to deliver market leading Learning Management System – LP+365
The LP+365 LMS App on E-W Information Systems (EWIS) devices will aid classroom collaborations, enabling educators and students to create and share in entirely new ways for immersive and inclusive learning experiences.
Colombo Sri Lanka 23 February 2017 – Learning Possibilities, a Microsoft Global Alliance Partner and E W Information Systems Ltd (EWIS), celebrating 30 years in the IT industry, have announced an agreement to roll out the fully featured LP+365 – Learning Management System (LMS), utilizing Microsoft Office 365, on EWIS devices. The roll-out was announced at a media conference attended by Hon. Sagala Ratnayaka – Minister of Law and Order and the Hon. Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Sanjeewa Wickramanayake – Chairman EWIS, Mehool Sanghrajka – CEO Learning Possibilities, Ms. Rani Burchmore – Education Partner Director Asia-Pacific Region Microsoft, and Brian Kealey – Microsoft Country Director Sri Lanka.
The LP+365 App, which is hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud, provides an intuitive user interface and personalized dashboard– leveraging the Office 365 cloud solution to aid classroom collaborations and assessments, engaging users to ensure a deeper learning.
With LP+365, teachers can add announcements, load resources and set assignments at a click of a button, while students can see their daily calendar, assigned homework, previous submissions, their particular class/subject site and curriculum material – all neatly organized and easily accessible. This includes instant access to favorite Office 365 Apps like Word, Class Notebook, PowerPoint, etc. LP+365 will enable educators and students to create and share in entirely new ways for a more immersive and inclusive learning experience.
EWIS has been a Microsoft Partner since 1997 and a Microsoft Education Partner since 2013, authorizing them to provide education solutions based on their cutting edge technology.
Sanjeewa Wickramanayake, Chairman EWIS said:
“In keeping with our Government’s vision to create a digitally inclusive next generation, we believe that this partnership will be of great value to students and educators, alike. Technology in education is so important now that we hope this platform will support and drive our next generation into digitalization.”
Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO Learning Possibilities, further added that:
“The LP+365 LMS for Office 365 is built on our award-winning technology. Our global partnership with Microsoft will mean that schools in various Asia Pacific markets will be able to use LP+365 to enhance the teaching and learning experience and drive employability skills.”
Ms. Rani Burchmore, Education Partner Director Asia-Pacific Region, Microsoft commented:
“The partnership with Learning Possibilities and E W Information Systems brings proven software and technology with local support to drive educational impact on Office 365 and replicate best practice and results that we have already seen.”
As a local company, one of the key features of E W Information Systems Ltd is education and empowerment of students through technology, knowledge and equipment. For the past three decades, E W Information Systems Ltd has been in the IT Industry and in 2013 opened Sri Lanka’s first Computer manufacturing plant which manufactures computers, desktops and tablet notebooks of international standards.
“With the Government’s vision for a digital transformation in classroom education, this agreement will enable users of our products to avail themselves to subjects such as Maths, Science and English through an easy-to-use app on their own devices,” added Wickramanayake.
About Learning Possibilities
Learning Possibilities are a 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 available to over 1 million users across the UK. In 2015 the company’s contract to supply the All Wales 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. See more on www.learningpossibilities.com
About E W Information Systems
E W Information Systems (EWIS) has 25 years of experience in the education sector, and is committed to offering client-oriented services focused on facilitating efficiency, innovation, and creativity through the field of Information Technology (IT). EWIS is a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner.
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?
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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In conversation with Prof. Stephen Heppell – Learning Possibilities’ latest solution, LP+365 – Transforming Office 365, going Global
Back in 1965 Gordon Moore, who was a co-founder of Intel, noted that the number of transistors per square inch on a circuit board had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented. Moore predicted that this trend would continue. As I look back on my (more than!) three decades of mixing new technology into the recipe for great learning I can see the impact of Moore’s Law right away. For example when my eldest daughter Juliette left her primary school at 11 I noted down every item of computer technology in that school. Ten years later as she emerged from undergraduate life (to become a teacher, of course) I could see that by then the tiny phone in her pocket outperformed her entire primary school’s technology provision from a decade earlier. A whole school network disappearing into a pupil pocket every decade. Wow. Moore’s Law predicted more power, and it delivered.
But the other side of that coin is that as the years progress you might alternatively enjoy the same power, but for a lot less money. The smart phone in your pocket could be replaced each year by one dramatically more powerful, or it might instead be purchased new for a lot less money as it is superseded by new models. Cheaper and cheaper, and cheaper yet.
Moore’s Law’s more bangs for less bucks bonus has been a constant throughout my teaching life. When we first connected children together with electronic mail and teletext (Prestel and Telecom Gold, to be precise) in the 1980s, the gateway that allowed their electronic mail writing to appear on the clunky but colourful Prestel screens cost us about £100,000 to set up (and in the 1980s £100,000 was a huge amount of money). Today’s users take for granted the effortless integration of text and media, the tiny scale of their devices, the ubiquitous connectivity of their lives, the free wifi in McDonalds and on trains. The other day someone asked me why they should try out our LP+365 free app, with its personalised dashboards, easy to use assignments tool, instant access to Word, Class Notebook, PowerPoint, with its professional development articles and lesson plans. I guess the right answer, as Chairman of Learning Possibilities would be to point to the pilot’s Free provisioning for a whole class of 35 users (2 x staff and 33 x students), but instead I wanted just to shout out “BECAUSE IT IS AN AMAZING AMOUNT OF POWER FOR FREE AND NOT VERY LONG AGO IT WOULD HAVE COST A FLIPPIN FORTUNE!!” Sometimes, having a sense of history leaves me a bit overexcited!