We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to Anne Taylor, our newest team member who joins us as a valuable addition to both our company and the exciting TIESEA project. With her impressive expertise and remarkable accomplishments, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh perspectives to our organization. We are confident that her presence will greatly contribute to our collective goals and drive our project to new heights.
Anne Taylor: A Rising Star in the Field
Anne Taylor has over 20 years of experience at Microsoft in sectors such as public sector, education, commercial and underserved audiences. She knows how to meet the diverse needs of customers in different contexts, such as government agencies, schools, universities, and non-profit organizations.
She was previously the Industry Manager for education in Asia Pacific at Microsoft, where she drove digital transformation in education systems by providing technology-enabled solutions for innovation and change. She has a growth mindset and a results-oriented approach that helps her tackle complex challenges.
In 2021 she won the Women in ICT Innovation award for her creative thinking and innovation. She led the efforts to integrate te reo Māori into the technology used by thousands of Kiwis daily, such as Microsoft Translator and Minecraft Education Edition.
Her key skills include the ability to lead teams with relationships and influence across multiple geographies and customers. She can work seamlessly across complex, matrixed environments with multiple stakeholders and business units.
We extend a warm welcome to Anne Taylor as she joins our company and takes on a crucial role in the TIESEA project. With her impressive background, unwavering commitment to sustainability, and exceptional leadership skills, we are confident that she will play a pivotal role in driving our organization and the TIESEA initiative to new heights. Anne’s contributions will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact, pushing the boundaries of environmental sustainability and paving the way for a brighter future. We are excited to have her on board and eagerly anticipate the remarkable achievements that lie ahead!
We at Learning Possibilities (LPL) are deeply saddened by the untimely demise of our friend and colleague Dr Michael Lightfoot, who passed away in his sleep on 27th March 2023. Michael headed up the education business at Learning Possibilities and contributed to our many projects and developments. He was a regular during our popular COVID webinar series.
Most recently, Michale was LPL’s project lead on the groundbreaking ADB “Technology-Enabled Innovation in Education in SE Asia” project.
Throughout his career, Dr. Lightfoot demonstrated unwavering dedication and passion for the field of education. His wisdom, visionary leadership and deep expertise paved the way for transformative changes in the lives of countless students and educators.
Dr. Lightfoot’s impact extended far beyond his professional accomplishments. He possessed an innate ability to inspire and empower those around him, fostering a collaborative and supportive environment within the team. His infectious enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to excellence left an indelible mark on all who worked alongside him.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Lightfoot was a cherished friend and confidant. He approached life with kindness, empathy, and an innate ability to connect with others on a personal level. His genuine care for the well-being and growth of those around him created a lasting legacy of warmth and compassion.
As we mourn the loss of Dr. Michael Lightfoot, we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and all who were touched by his presence. May his memory serve as a guiding light, reminding us of a dedicated individual’s profound impact on the world.
We have some exciting news on the ADB TIESEA (The Technology-enabled Innovation on Southeast Asia) project, which is running in Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Viet Nam.
The TIESEA website is now live! www.tiesea.org
The TIESEA website is an important source of information for EdTech and Digital Readiness in these countries. You can now access our initial reports on the general EdTech landscape on the website: www.tiesea.org/reports/
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Following on from the LP+ 365 platform v7.0 update in 2021, we are delighted to announce an additional feature.
The attendance module allows teachers to record students attendance in LP+365. Schools can choose whether they would like to record attendance once or twice a day. Attendance is easy to record and you can attach any related documentation for each student.
Teachers can view all previous days attendances records which can also be searched and exported or alternatively you can choose to view an individual students attendance history.
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INJAZ and Learning Possibilities sign an agreement to deliver an award-winning technology to the MENA region
The partnership will offer schools and governments with solutions to help drive learning into the 21st Century, enabling educators to support learners in school and at home.
Amman, Jordan, June 1st 2022. INJAZ, a leading non-profit Jordanian organization, and Learning Possibilities, the leading global education-technology provider, are delighted to announce the launch of their exclusive partnership to bring award-winning technology solutions to the MENA region.
After many years of jointly working in Jordan, the partnership will see INJAZ offer Learning Possibilities’ ‘LP+’ platforms, together with local consultancy and support to schools and governments in the MENA region. LP+ platforms are already deployed in many countries worldwide, either directly or through programs run by Asian Development Bank, UNICEF and others. They have proven efficacy and bring solutions that drive learner impact at such challenging times.
Dr. Mehool Sanghrajka, Learning Possibilities Chief Executive said, “I am delighted that Learning Possibilities and INJAZ will be partnering in the MENA region to deliver ed-tech solutions. INJAZ has a long history of delivering major educational projects in Jordan and shares both our ethos and vision. We look forward to serving schools and governments to benefit learners after a difficult two years”
Deema Bibi, INJAZ CEO said, “The partnership between INJAZ and Learning Possibilities (LP) comes at a crucial time for education and technology globally and regionally. INJAZ is excited to combine its rich experience in localized educational programs along with LP’s global virtual learning platforms into the MENA region. This synergy will be a vehicle for high-quality educational experiences that enrich the learning process for school and university students”
Sarah Chidgey, Education Sector Lead, UK Department of International Trade (DIT), said “I am delighted that the UK’s Learning Possibilities and Jordan’s INJAZ have formed this joint venture partnership having previously worked together to deliver a World Bank funded contract. UK education technology is a global leader, an important strand of the UK Government’s International Education Strategy, and Learning Possibilities success showcases how UK innovation in education technology can positively impact millions of students worldwide. We look forward to continuing our work with Learning Possibilities to open up further opportunities globally”.
Learning Possibilities has a Global Alliance with Microsoft in Education and has worked in MENA countries over many years.
Mark East, Senior Education Director EMEA Region at Microsoft, said, “Microsoft is excited to see the partnership between Learning Possibilities and INJAZ as it brings to the region proven education solutions and best practice. We look forward to seeing solutions incorporating Microsoft technology, together with education consulting and local presence, support schools to recover and progress in their digital journey.”
Building on its mission to inspire and prepare youth to become productive members in their society and accelerate the development of the national economy. INJAZ has established itself over the past 22 years as a leading solution provider linking the public, private, and civil society sectors to bridge the skills gap between the educational system and the changing needs of the labor market.
The expansive operational capacity of INJAZ allows it to reach over 800,000 youth a year with its career-oriented capacity building programs; focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship education, life skills, and digital competencies.
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About Learning Possibilities
Learning Possibilities Group was founded in 2007 in the United Kingdom and has regional offices in Singapore. The Company builds cloud-based solutions for governments to deliver learning and education impact. It currently has projects in the UK, South Asia, APAC and Middle East regions.
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Fifteen years ago, this week, (Stephen Heppell) and I had a dream to change education, from the focus on new PFI and BSF buildings to empowering teachers to engage learners by using technology to deliver learning and digital skills. The school system had been difficult for many, who sought vocational, creative, or new industries, whilst they were put through a system that weeded out those that were not ready for higher education.
In 2007, Learning Possibilities was born. A social enterprise that looked for ways to engage those ‘at the back of the class’, and those that dreamt of running a small company building websites. For a company with big ambitions, we certainly have achieved big things! We estimate that in the past 15 years over 4m learners in the UK have used our technology; including those in Wales, Wolverhampton, and Northampton.
The last two years have borne out our vision. If schools had adopted learning and collaboration technology, and teachers had developed the skills for hybrid and blended learning, we may have seen less learning loss during the pandemic. Worldwide the situation has been compounded by geographical and infrastructural challenges. Today we are working with schools, governments, and funders in twelve countries to look at the technology that has efficacy, teacher development that will focus on the available tech, rather than the best tech, and vocational training. Technology has moved from being a tool in the classroom to the means of nurturing and delivering learning and assessment. The possibilities have become brighter for the learner and for education.
Happy 15th Birthday Learning Possibilities …!
We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this important project for the Sri Lanka Government (Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), SMOER and Ministry of Education) in partnership with UNICEF. Throughout this pandemic we have seen that innovative and agile teachers have been able to support learners, whatever the technology. We are delighted to be working with the Government to help develop teacher capacity and digital skills in Sri Lanka, to support learners using a range of technology solutions.
Aminda James from the Information and Technology Agency for Sri Lanka commented:
To transform Education we need to transform Educators !!
The Digital Education team is excited to kick off the digital transformation of teachers in collaboration with UNICEF and the State Ministry of Education Reforms (SMOER) and the implementation partner LP+ from Learning Possibilities Limited
The initiative will ensure the creation of a comprehensive, detailed and well-sequenced online training module (ability to use offline as well) in both Sinhala and Tamil for teachers of government schools on distance/blended teaching with a mix of high tech and low-tech modalities relevant to Sri Lanka, inclusive of student assessment and pedagogy in digital learning. This will lead to a program where there will a master training program for 700 master trainers based on the above modules developed for teachers. The initiative will also focus on an online/offline parental awareness creation in both Sinhala and Tamil on the role of parents in supporting home-based/blended learning inclusive of online safety
This initiative is also in line with the Digital Education Policy that is being Jointly Developed by Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and SMOER and Ministry of Education.
Learning Possibilities is delighted to announce v7.0 of it’s LP+365 platform. The platform was initially launched in 2005 and is now the leading cloud-based solution for transforming Office 365 into a learning and collaboration app for schools and colleges.
‘We are exciting that v7 will be launched in August’, said Mandeep Dhillon, CTO at Learning Possibilities who led the development team, ‘with significant new features’.
The new platform offers an exciting and modern new look and feel, with one-click access to key features on each dashboard. ‘We have significantly improved performance’, added Dhillon, ‘so that those with poor connectivity or devices have a better user experience’. The seamless integration with LP+ ADOPT, with single signon, means that courses, scorm content and exams can now be added to the platform.
The dashboard tiles also offer a download feature, enabling access to content when offline, and our e-library – with over 10,000 refence books – is built in.
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