The Class Notebook is a feature packed part of LP+365. You may already know that each student is automatically provided with their own private section including class notes, Quizzes, Handouts, e-Portfolio and Homework. Teachers can also add additional sections to reflect different requirements within the school curriculum and there is also a collaboration space and content library. The class notebook can also be used offline and has its own dedicated mobile App for both Android and IOS.
What you may not know about the Class Notebook is that teachers can generate a unique link for each student that can be shared with the students parent or guardian, allowing them to follow their child’s progress throughout the academic year.
Teachers can generate the unique links by following the 5 simple steps below.
1. Select the Class Notebook icon on the Class Notebook tile.
2. Select Manage Notebooks.
3. Select the Class Notebook.
4. Select ‘Parent and Guardian links’.
5. The Teacher can now generate links for individual students or the whole class and share them with their Parent or guardian. The links are read only and no account is required to access them.
Using the link, the parent or guardian can now access their child’s class notebook and follow their progress throughout the academic year. In the example below the parent or guardian can see the students most recent homework.
Microsoft now offer new options for applying custom styles and colours to sites that make it easier to define and manage themes across site collections. More details can found here.
The default theme has also been changed resulting in a change of colour to the LP+365 dashboards. You can change the colour back to the original blue by signing in as the Administrator and following the instructions below.
- Select any class from the class menu.
- Select the Announcement tile title.
- Delete everything in the URL after “sharepoint.com” and select enter.
- Select the “setting cog” and “change the look”.
- Select Theme.
- Select the Blue theme and select save.
- Return to the App homepage, refresh the browser and the App will have changed back to the original colour.
LP+365 supports all teaching methods including ‘Structured courses’ which some teachers may have used previously on other LMS platforms. ‘Structured courses’ allow teachers to present all of their learning resources and activities together to their students, in one simple package. Watch ‘How to create a Structured course in LP+365’ below to find out more.
To read an independent paper evaluating LP+365 and Moodle, click here.
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.
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.
At LP+ we are always looking for ways to drive user engagement and reduce the barriers for both teachers and learners. Over the past 10 years, we have seen that adding language options that allow each user to choose a language for the app interface drives usage and access. This in turn makes the app friendlier to use. All users are, of course, free to add contetn in any language of their choice, regardless of the language interface. In addition to English, our current language selection includes; Arabic, Bangla, Gaeilge (Irish), Filipino, Marathi, Tamil and Sinhala. New languages are being added all the time! To see the LP+365 app, see our solutions site here.
LP+365 allows you to Teach from home. Scheduling a video call in Teams is simple, add the invitation to the LP+365 class dashboard and all of your students can access your class remotely. Video calls allow you teach remotely in the same way as you would in the classroom, whether its teaching to the whole class or one to one. Just some of the many useful features include, both Teachers and Students having full access to their LP+365 classroom, the option to turn webcams on and off for privacy, sharing your desktop with your class and recording the class to share later with any absentees.
There is a video guide on the LP+365 support site that shows you the simple process of scheduling a video call and sharing it with your class.
LP+365 support is available to all use directly from with the App. Its packed with useful information to help drive adoption with both Teachers and Students.
The Support Centre includes:
- A full set of training videos
- The Teacher Handbook which includes everything there is to know about the App
- Using LP+365 with Teams to Teach remotely
- LP+365 Adopt Framework
- Using LP+365 Offline
- Insights from Professor Heppell
New content is added regularly, visit the Support Centre to see more.