Becta selects ADOPT

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Becta has selected the ADOPT Framework as a model for the national learning platform maturity model.

Learning Possibilities (LP+) and Wolverhampton City Council are pleased to be working with Becta, following a formal competitive process, on a model that will become the basis of a national learning platform maturity framework available to all English education institutions and partners in 2010.

The maturity framework is based upon the ADOPT Framework – developed by Learning Possibilities and the Wolverhampton City Council CYP e-services team – and the technology adoption principles of Hooper and Rieber.

The ADOPT Framework proceeeds through five stages allowing schools to gauge their level of development, measure successes and plot a course to school transformation using the learning platform as a key vehicle for delivering against school improvement objectives and policy areas.

Professor Stephen Heppell commented:

“I believe that the ADOPT framework is the ‘bit’ that is currently missing in guidance to schools – and school leaders in particular – around implementing a learning platform; the bit which bridges technologies, transformation and people.”

The ADOPT Framework was completed in July 2009 following several months of pilot work. It was written with both partners contributing on a pedagogical and technical level. It was then presented and put in context for other schools and local authorities. Feedback in and beyond Wolverhampton has been overwhelmingly positive.

Our ADOPT book, “The ADOPT Framework – Supporting schools to transform using the learning platform” will be published in January 2010.

Becta is the government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning. It is Becta’s ambition to utilise the benefits of technology to create a more exciting, rewarding and successful experience for learners of all ages and abilities, enabling them to achieve their potential.

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Learning Possibilities announced as winners of the ‘ICT Education Partnership’ category of the BETT 2010 Awards for our work with Wolverhampton City Council.

The winners of the BETT Awards 2010, the most prestigious and sought-after accolade for educational technology suppliers, were announced on the opening day of BETT, the world’s largest educational technology event.

The award-wiining partnership between Learning Possibilities and Wolverhampton has resulted in a wide range of successful outcomes – including the development of the ADOPT Framework.

The BETT Award judges said:

“Learning Possibilities demonstrated evidence of an effective partnership based on shared values and an ethos of transforming education. The partnership has enabled the local authority to provide bespoke support and entry points to the learning platform rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.”

Saving schools money

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A research study led by Lancaster University has shown the value of the LP+ learning platform within Wolverhampton schools.Schools included in the study described the value of being able to involve pupils in creative practices that can be captured and held on the learning platform.

The study, carried out in conjunction with Senior Research Fellow Don Passey, of Lancaster University, and the Wolverhampton Local Authority, looked at use of the LP+ learning platform within the city’s schools.

The summary report includes the key findings of research undertaken and highlights the benefits of using a learning platform. The report also indicates that use of the learning platform to support administration and communication, tasks such as sending newsletters to parents and photocopying, can save a two class entry primary school over £38,000 per annum – a benefit of over ten times the initial costs of the LP+ learning platform.

The research also provides feedback about the support, development and implementation practices and processes undertaken with evidence gathered from a number of sources including teachers, school managers and local authority staff.

The report shows that schools implementing and adopting the learning platform are establishing as a central service within the school – supporting pupils, teachers managers and parents.

Schools included in the study described the value of being able to involve pupils in creative practices that can be captured and held on the learning platform. This provides opportunities for pupils to review and reflect on their activities and experiences. Some schools are finding that reluctant writers and communicators are being supported through use of the learning platform’s discussion areas. These factors have resulted in more homework being completed and shows that pupils are engaging in learning over a longer period of time and during extended hours.

Schools that have focused on improving parental involvement and engagement are finding that the learning platform offers them further opportunities to extend their programmes.