The Welsh Government published its Learning in Digital Wales Report on October 2016, which took a critical look at its funding of digital infrastructure, devices, platforms and content into schools.
On the LP+ (HWB+) platform, the report commented;
“Hwb+ [LP+] meets the objectives for the VLE which were specified, including a single user log on for all teachers and learners, ability to be accessed anywhere at any time from any device, and tools and content, most notably access to Office365, purchased through a ‘buy once for Wales’ approach. “
“Usage data on Hwb and Hwb+ and evidence from surveys and qualitative feedback seems to indicate that LiDW products and activities (including infrastructure improvements) have had a positive effect on increasing the use of digital resources in schools. Training, support and awareness raising activities also appear to have contributed to increases in the use of digital resources and to improving the confidence and awareness of teachers and school managers.”
The Report also comments on the high adoption of the HWB+ platform, and makes recommendations for future improvements of the programme. You can read the complete report here.
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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.
In 2010 Learning Possibilities published the award winning ADOPT Framework, authored by Professor Stephen Heppell, Sarah Armstrong, Director of Education at Learning Possibilities, and a team from Wolverhampton City Council.
ADOPT received immediate recognition, and was selected as the UK’s National Learning Platform Adoption Model, by the UK Department for Education. The Company also won the prestigious BETT award that year.
ADOPT is an acronym for a 5-stage model (Awareness, Development, Optimisation, Pioneering and Transformation) defining the adoption of LP+365 and its associated Microsoft technologies in the classroom. This helps teachers and school identify where they are in their journey and what their next steps should be. ADOPT and the LP+ Platform have been used by millions of learners since its publication.
ADOPT is the culmination of a 10 year journey to understand how technologies can be used to drive adoption and cater to the needs of educators and learners across many countries in the world. Independent research shows that using the LP+ Platform builds communication and collaboration skills, as well as engaging hard to reach learners.
Learning Possibilities, the provider of Hwb+, the all-Wales Learning Platform, and UK’s leading cloud-based learning platform provider to schools, today announced that its contract to provide Hwb+ to Welsh schools has been extended to August 2018.
Learning Possibilities continues its commitment to deliver ‘a world-class’ bilingual platform playing its part in the ‘Learning in Digital Wales’ programme. With all schools in Wales having seamless access to Office 365 and single sign-on to 3rd party content through Hwb+, the transformation of teaching and learning practices in Wales is well underway. The adoption of the platform is confirmed with a number of Hwb+ accredited trainers, 18 Hwb+ centres of excellence and several seconded teachers as digital leaders, across Wales.
On the extension Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis said:
“I have made a clear statement about the importance of digital skills for Welsh learners by announcing that digital competence will become the third cross-cutting responsibility for all teachers in our new Curriculum for Wales. This places digital competence on an equal footing with literacy and numeracy and underlines the importance of our ongoing investment in digital learning tools such as the Hwb+ platform, to give all teachers and learners the same opportunities to build their digital skills.”
Stephen Heppell, Learning Possibilities’ Chairman also commented:
“We are excited to continue being a major part of this important national project and look forward to supporting the transformation of education in Wales and the implementation of the Donaldson report. I am proud to see schools in Wales using the Hwb+ technology to drive the adoption of digital skills.”
The extension of the Hwb+ contract continues to be an integral part of the strategy to transform Wales into a truly digital nation.