Learning Possibilities Launches New Secondary Platform And LP+ Mobile Apps at BETT 2014
17 January 2014
Learning Possibilities, the UK’s largest cloud based learning platform provider, is delighted to announce the launch of a new platform for secondary schools and academies – LP+ 365. The Company will also launch the early years LP+ Safari App for Win8 and iOS devices.
The new LP+ 365 platform has been developed with teacher focus groups. The improved look and advanced tools are tailored for older learners and integrated with Microsoft Office 365 and school MIS platforms, producing a solution that is unparalleled in the learning platform market.
Learning Possibilities Chairman, Professor Stephen Heppell says that
“The LP+ learning platform enables the development of a new pedagogy and promotes the sharing of best practice. This is an opportunity for schools to pioneer innovation in the classroom.”
The LP+ Safari app is free for all LP+ users and works with Apple iPads and tablet devices using Win8 operating systems. The app is as secure as the platform, requiring users to log in with their LP+ credentials. The app will sync with the LP+ learning platform using LP+ credentials and provides tools similar to those on the online platform.
About LP+ Mobile Apps
LP+ Safari is available as an iOS and Win8 app, available through the app stores. The Win8 version is free for all, providing a standalone version as well as a sync version (using LP+ credentials). The iOS app is also free but only for those with LP+ credentials. The LP+ Safari app will be available at app stores from the 16th January 2014.
Learning Possibilities To Launch WIN8 App on Fujitsu Tablets
14 January 2014
Learning Possibilities, the UK’s largest cloud-based e-learning platform, today announces that it will be launching its new Win8 Early Years app (LP+ Safari) for its LP+ platform at BETT this year. The app will be shown on both the Learning Possibilities and the Fujitsu stands.
Fujitsu is a provider of the server and storage technology for the LP+ cloud, and this is the second year that the two companies will be partnering at BETT. Visitors to the two stands will be entered into a competition with a chance to win the new Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U904 Ultrabook™.
The LP+ Safari App allows you to access school work from the LP+ platform on any Windows 8 and iOS touch devices. Tools accessible will be the same as on the platform, Write, Paint, Work, Music, Pictures and Blogs.
Mehool Sanghrajka CEO of Learning Possibilities said,
“The new LP+ Safari app adds a dynamic and user friendly component to the use of the LP+ platform on mobile devices. It is simple to use, attractive to the students and allows users to access their work online and offline”
Craig Parker Fujitsu’s Head of Product Marketing said,
“Fujitsu’s server & storage solutions, enables Learning Possibilities LP+ platform to be reliable, dynamic and scalable to meet the needs of its end users.”
Fujitsu and Learning Possibilities are delighted to be working together to provide a safe, secure and reliable cloud to schools using the new generation LP+ learning platform.
To catch a glimpse of what Learning Possibilities and Fujitsu are providing schools visit Fujitsu on stand C80 and Learning Possibilities on stand D298. Collect a promotional postcard from either stand and have it stamped at both to win your own Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U904 Ultrabook™ with the new LP+ Safari app already installed on it.
Learning Possibilities and Wolverhampton City Council Enhance Partnership
8 January 2014
Learning Possibilities, the provider of the leading LP+ learning platform, and Wolverhampton City Council have strengthened their partnership that has been at the forefront of e-learning pedagogy since 2005. This award winning partnership produced LP+ ADOPT, the national framework for e-maturity in learning platforms and is winner of the 2010 BETT Educational Partnership Award.
The partnership has been enriched, by providing additional training and support, equivalent to three days, to all schools in Wolverhampton on the LP+ learning platform. The training will focus on teaching and learning using the LP+ platform and trainers will help with school improvement using the LP+ ADOPT maturity model.
Gavin Hawkins from Wolverhampton City Council said that
“Through our ongoing partnership, the additional support provided will focus on embedding the LP+ learning platform into teaching and learning as the learning platform has become an essential resource in many schools.”
Learning Possibilities CEO Mehool Sanghrajka commented:
“I am delighted to build on this very successful partnership. This new collaboration will ensure schools get maximum benefit from their investment in the LP+ learning platform.”
Learning Possibilities Announces Gold Partnership with Microsoft
19 September 2013
Learning Possibilities, the leading learning platform provider on Microsoft technology, are delighted to announce the renewal of our Gold Partnership with Microsoft.
Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities’ said
“This is a very significant achievement for the company and am immensely proud to renew our Gold Partner status. It empowers our commitment to developing our profile and leading a strong technical team.”
Learning Possibilities provides the LP+4 platform based on the Microsoft Learning Gateway Framework, built on over 16 Microsoft technologies including SharePoint 2010 and Exchange. The company has been recognised for its commitment to helping schools achieve their goals and long term visions through their learning platform.
Learning Possibilities delivers Masters Course in Learning Platform Implementation
Learning Possibilities is delighted to announce that ADOPT, its e-maturity framework for learning platforms which was selected by BECTA as the National Framework, is now available as a Masters Course. The course has been designed and delivered jointly by Learning Possibilities and the University of Wolverhampton.
The first cohort of participants has just undertaken their first module, which has focussed on the philosophy and pedagogy associated with learning platforms. The second module, Implementing Change Management, will commence this term.
The participants, who come from schools across the UK, have had the opportunity to undertake personal research into the use of learning platforms in their own school and college context following input from a range of thought leaders, including Stephen Heppell, Don Passey and Hannah Jones.
The course has been facilitated by Wolverhampton Council’s Learning Technologies Team, who were collaborators with Learning Possibilities on the ADOPT framework, and whose experience has been used to create range of approaches to delivery including formal tutorials, online discussions, a weekly blog and video conferencing.
With the increase in online learning and students having access to their digital work from anywhere at any time, it’s becoming increasingly clear that schools who have invested heavily in a learning platform should now be investing in change management approaches to ensure that the learning platform is used effectively. By undertaking this Masters Course schools are valuing the role that a lead practitioner can have in their institution and are seeing enormous benefits from a whole-school approach to Learning.
Mehool Sanghrajka, Learning Possibilities’ CEO commented
"ADOPT has been at the forefront of driving school adoption of learning platforms, I am thrilled that it is now available as a Masters Course. I look forward to meeting the first graduates later this year. "
It is the intention of Learning Possibilities and the University of Wolverhampton to have a rolling programme of Modules and also to design an online module. Upon the conclusion of three 20 Credit Modules at Masters Level students will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Additional university modules are available which can be undertaken to gain sufficient credits for a full Masters.
Patrick Flynn, participant said
"Taking part in the LP+ and University of Wolverhampton masters module has provided a fascinating opportunity to reflect both upon my own practice and upon the academic research on 21st Century pedagogy. In the context of my work with schools, I feel better placed to offer meaningful insights into not just how to use the learning platform, but more importantly, why."
Minister Launches All Wales Learning Platform on LP+4
Welsh Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, today launched a new world-class digital learning platform for all learners aged 3-19 in Wales.
The Hwb platform built on LP+4 allows teachers and learners to access online resources anywhere, anytime from any internet enabled device and is set to transform teaching and learning across Wales. Made up of an integrated collection of online tools and services for teachers, learners, governors, parents/carers and other stakeholders, it will support learning and teaching for 3-19 year olds in Wales.
Learning Possibilities and the LP+4 platform were selected for the project following a competitive tendering process in the summer. LP+4 was launched in November 2011 as the latest in the long line of learning platforms built on Microsoft SharePoint and hosted in the LP+ Cloud. It is believed to be the largest platform of its kind globally.
Stephen Heppell, Learning Possibilities’ Chairman commented
"We are delighted with the launch of the national Hwb platform and iTunesU site today. We look forward to working with the Welsh Government to offer every school in Wales with their own secure learning platform."
At the launch at a pilot school in Cardiff, where the Minister observed a lesson using Hwb, Mr Andrews said
"Hwb is an exciting opportunity for schools to transform the way they teach and engage with pupils."
Hwb+ is fully integrated with Microsoft Office 365 and offers learners a range of social media tools in a secure setting including avatars, themes, blogs, wikis and surveys.
Mr Andrews continued,
"I am confident that Hwb will make a real and significant difference to education outcomes for all learners aged 3-19 and become a truly world-class learning platform for Wales.quot;
Hwb+ will be rolled out to all schools in Wales over the next 18 months.
Learning Possibilities wins National Wales Contract
Learning Possibilities selected for national learning platform contract in Wales
Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading provider of learning platforms for schools, is delighted to announce that it has been selected by the Welsh Government through a competitive process to support its vision of creating the world’s best online environment for learning. The platform will support national actions including encouraging, supporting and preparing teachers to operate in a digital environment and to share their digital practice. The platform will eventually support up to one million users and will host a national collection of digital resources to support teaching and learning for learners aged 3 to 19 in Wales which will be known as the National Digital Repository.
With Office365, LP+4 delivers a whole new suite of online tools where students and teachers are able to create, upload, edit and share Office documents and access emails and instant message online from any device with a browser and internet access - even if schools do not have Microsoft Office installed on their computers.
Mehool Sanghrajka, Learning Possibilities’ Chief Executive commented
"We are thrilled that we have been selected for this important national project. Our experience in building cloud based learning platform and our work on the ADOPT framework and related pedagogy will be critical in driving this project. I look forward to a long partnership with the Department and schools in Wales."
Learning Possibilities will work closely with users, schools, local authorities and regional educational consortia to deliver secure collaboration between staff and students through a bi-lingual, personalised interface. The platform will also include open public access to resources. The solution will be based on the recently released LP+4 platform integrated with Office 365, which was showcased at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in July 2012.
Commenting on one of the largest Office 365 education projects, Steve Beswick, Microsoft UK Education Director, added
"I am delighted that the Microsoft and Learning Possibilities partnership continues to show tremendous results with another national learning platform win. LP+4 was one of the first learning platforms to fully integrate into Office 365, offering great value, tools and resources to any school regardless of size."
Learning Possibilities launched the LP+4 learning platform in November 2011 and this is the second national project to be announced, following a win in the Middle East earlier this year.
LP+4 and Office365
The LP+4 learning platform now fully integrates with Microsoft Office365
Learning Possibilities, the leading learning platform provider, announces today that its new LP+4 learning platform now offers full integration and single sign-on with Microsoft Office365. This means that LP+4 users can have access to Outlook Live, Lync and Office Web Applications from within the LP+4 learning platform and without need to login again.
Together with Office365, LP+4 delivers a whole new suite of online tools to improve collaboration and productivity where students and teachers are able to create, upload, edit and share Office documents and access emails, instant message and access calendars online from any device with a browser and internet access - even if schools do not have Microsoft Office installed on their computers.
Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities said
"LP+ has always been in the cloud and we have always recognised the collaboration, cost and efficiency benefits that a hosted and managed service brings. I am delighted that we are now able to offer Microsoft office, mail and infrastructure solutions fully integrated into LP+4. Schools will be the real winners here."
Steve Beswick, Microsoft Education Director said
"it’s great to see leading partners such as Learning Possibilities bring what they do best to the Microsoft platforms in education. Learning Possibilities really understands how to make technology work in Education. They understand how teachers and students need to interact, providing a solution that really transforms the learning experience and use of technology in and outside of the classroom. The LP+ solution brings the benefits of cloud and blends that with their innovative learning platform."
The LP+4 learning platform will be available to schools with Office365 integration later this year.
New LP+4 Mobile app for iPads and iPhones
Learning Possibilities announces the launch of the new LP+4 Mobile app for Apple iPads and iPhones
Learning Possibilities, the leading learning platform provider, announces that its new LP+4 learning platform is now fully accessible through its new purpose built app for iPad and iPhone devices. The app will be launched at the Apple conference in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 13th June.
Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities said
"LP+ mobile has previously allowed users to access their LP+ mail, contacts and calendars from their mobile devices. The new app adds a completely new dimension by adding full menu driven access to the LP+4 platform with search and offline availability. With the growing use of iPads in schools and a move towards ‘bring your own device’ it was important for us to make the LP+ experience fully available from mobile devices."
The LP+4 Mobile app is available in two versions recognising the way mobiles and tablet devices are used in schools. For those using a personal device the app will provide online and offline access to LP+4 sites and allow users to edit LP+4 tools such as documents, pictures, blogs and wikis. The shared device option allows multiple users to access their site using one device, recognising that mobile devices are often shared in the classroom.
The LP+4 Mobile solution will be available to schools later this month, with solutions for Windows 8 coming soon. Read more on the LP+4 Blog.
LP+4 learning platform on the DfE Framework
Learning Possibilities is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a place on the Government Procurement Service Framework in partnership with the Department for Education for Information Management and Learning Services.
The LP+4 learning platform was assessed on the ability to share information with the management information system (MIS) in operation in schools and quality of elements such as user management; learner information management; digital learning resource management, curriculum and learning management and communication and collaboration management.
Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities commented
"We are delighted to have been selected. We believe the Framework offers an excellent route for schools and authorities to purchase our Learning Platform."
With a range of new personalisation features, the new LP+4 from Learning Possibilities moves away from institutional-centred platforms to providing a user-centric experience with new themes, a menu ribbon, gadget store and an integrated status-wall. The new toolbar brings instant access to web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis and discussions providing learners with contemporary ways to learn, question, share ideas, broadcast knowledge.
LP+4 makes it easy to create learning spaces where students collaborate on projects. Integration with online Microsoft web apps means that students learn to use real-world software and are better prepared for the workplace. Most importantly students can access this vibrant learning community from wherever they are, whenever they like through any connected device - bringing learning to their fingertips and into their world.
LP+4 launch details finalised
Today, Learning Possibilities announces the launch details of their next generation learning platform, LP+4.
LP+4 will be the first large scale educational deployment within the UK of its kind and is the latest example of Learning Possibilities' early adoption of educational cloud technology, having provided online learning spaces for schools since 2003. The LP+4 platform uses a range of Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint2010, Exchange2010, Lync2010 and Dynamics CRM 2011 but it is the user experience that those within the company are most excited about.
For us, LP+4 represents a major shift in our offerings � we have moved on from from a hosted SharePoint 2007 service, to a distinctive product built on SharePoint 2010 with new interfaces, a new menu ribbon and a move from an institution-centric platform to a user-centric one. Indeed a step change. LP+4 is also a major 5-year, multi-million pound investment for Learning Possibilities. We are currently upgrading our cloud offering, security and products. At this time, it's a major statement of the confidence that both Stephen Heppell and I have in the business.Mehool Sanghrajka - Chief Executive, Learning Possibilities
Learning Possibilities is confident that LP+4 will lead to its continued growth at this difficult time for the public sector. We believe our continued investment in our learning platform and cloud services comes at a time when there is a strong focus on education and learning.
Learning Possibilities' Chairman, Stephen Heppell said this morning"We are absolutely delighted with LP+4. We have developed a learning centred technology which will work across global geographies, cultures, languages and pedagogies." He continued; "The time is right for a product like LP+4 that will be a very big step towards better learning for everyone. It's exciting to see all our hard work come to fruition in design terms and we can't wait to see what our family of creative teachers and learners will do with it!"
The official launch will take place at Microsoft UK's offices in Reading on November 22nd with other events planned across the country throughout the Autumn term. Find out more about LP+4 at www.lpplus4.com and follow the launch at on twitter via #lpplus4 or @tweetlpplus
LP+4 is the latest online learning platform from Learning Possibilities
LP+4 is the latest online learning solution from Learning Possibilities. The LP+4 system is based on the very latest web technology and social networking concepts.
LP+4 is the latest online learning solution from Learning Possibilities. The LP+4 system is based on the very latest web technology and social networking concepts. It embraces approaches and media types, such as video, social networking, digital content, and rich user interfaces that will become even more important as we progress into a new era.
We have seen the learning platform space grown from basic online storage into connected learning communities. Through the success of our existing product sets, we have gained a substantial learning community who are using our platform as part of their daily learning and teaching activities. The usage of this platform and its global presence gives us an insight into the world of the learner and from this we have been able to get a view of what next generation learning platforms need to provide. It is now time for us to set a new standard with LP+4.
LP+4 enables schools to have maximum, choice and flexibility, a platform that can be organised and customised around the user. Providing learners with contemporary ways to learn, question, share ideas, broadcast knowledge and follow personalized learning paths, students can learn at their own pace and get immediate feedback .
Widgets, templates and gadgets on LP+4 make it easy to create learning spaces where students collaborate on projects. Integration with online Microsoft web apps means that students learn to use real-world software and are better prepared for the workplace. Most importantly students can access this vibrant learning community from wherever they are, whenever they like through any connected device - bringing learning to their fingertips and into their world.
Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities said at the launch
"We are more excited about LP+ 4 than ever. A platform designed by teachers with education at its heart, but integrated into the connected world beyond.
Our ability to create a true product on SharePoint, rather than just templates and themes, has resulted in a vibrant, interactive and intuitive solution."
Learning platform research study in Wolverhampton
A research study led by Lancaster University has shown the value of the LP+ learning platform within Wolverhampton schools. Summary report now available. 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 (see below) 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.
Learning Possibilities and Microsoft agree Cloud Plans
A new agreement between Learning Possibilities and Microsoft means that Microsoft Applications are available for integration into the LP+ learning platform. Where students and teachers are able to create, edit and share Office documents online.
November 2010 saw the launch of LP+ cloud, a set of products and services that will transform teaching, learning and planning activities in schools. A new agreement between Learning Possibilities and Microsoft means that Microsoft SkyDrive, Outlook Live and Office Web Applications are available for integration into the LP+ learning platform through the Microsoft Live@edu service. LP+ can now deliver a whole new suite of online tools to improve productivity and collaboration, where students and teachers are able to create, upload, edit and share Office documents online from any device with internet access - even if schools do not have Microsoft Office installed on their computers.
Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO, Learning Possibilities Group said "LP+ has always been in the cloud and we have always recognised the collaboration, cost and efficiency benefits that a hosted and managed service brings. I am delighted that we are now able to offer Microsoft office, mail and infrastructure solutions fully integrated into LP+. Schools will be the real winners here."
Steve Beswick, Senior Director of Education, Microsoft Ltd said "Over the past decade ICT in education has evolved and now the average student has incredible access to technology at their fingertips, whether they're in the classroom, at home, in their bedroom or even in the playground. LP+, using Microsoft technologies, now delivers a service which is there for every school, college, university - and every teacher and student and opens up the possibility of a richer environment for less cost. Cloud is developing rapidly and education institutions should continue to raise their expectations of what they can achieve using them. I am delighted that the long standing partnership we have with Learning Possibilities will now extend to the cloud."
Norton College, an early adopter, have integrated Outlook Live with their LP+ platform. The integration process was managed by LP+ to ensure a smooth transition to the new email system. Steve Layton, ICT Resources Manager at the school commended the team "The constant communication of information before, during and after the migration was of great help. Having my own account migrated a couple of days prior to the rest of the staff allowed me to identify the process involved and enabled me to support my staff much more efficiently once they were also migrated... I am very happy and would happily recommend both LP+ in general and your implementation of Outlook Live to other establishments." As with all LP+ SafeMail solutions, users are able to access emails through their LP+ portal, an Outlook client and mobile devices.
What is skydrive?
SkyDrive storage can be used to back up your files online or to share large files with others. You can assign permissions and set folders to public or private, to help you share individual files with only people that the user selects.
What is Outlook Live?
Microsoft Outlook Live is based on the Microsoft Exchange Online, the market-leader in business email, calendaring, and voicemail. With Outlook Live, teachers and students get the familiar, intuitive Outlook user experience, whether on a PC with the Outlook desktop client or through a browser with Outlook Web Access, or on mobile phones.
What are Office Web Applications?
Microsoft Office Web Applications are new web-based tools that extend the Microsoft Office 2010 experience to a supported browser. They are online companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that enable users to view, do light editing, and share Office documents from virtually anywhere.
Improved LP+ Customer Services scores high customer satisfaction
The LP+ Customer Services helpdesk has 95% satisfaction amongst users according to a recent survey.
The LP+ Customer Services helpdesk has 95% satisfaction amongst users according to a recent survey. The helpdesk is offered free to all customers and has both technical and educational support staff. Users have free access to ticketing software to raise helpdesk calls online or can email or call the helpdesk directly. Once a call is raised, the user can track its progress online.
The helpdesk staff also support users through a technical area within the LP+ Network user community. Sandip Mehta, LP+ Technical Director said, "Access to 'how to' videos, FAQs, training and support documentation provide additional support to teachers, as well as building a self-supporting community".
The survey reported that 76% of users were 'very satisfied' will all aspects of the service. Mehta added, "we believe in driving usage of the LP+ Platform so that schools give learners the maximum benefit possible from their investment. Although we do not charge for the helpdesk service, we have continued to invest heavily in it, with schools now able to manage their own calls through online ticketing and call progress. As call volumes grow, we will ensure that the service continues to drive high satisfaction by continuing to monitor satisfaction surveys."
The survey had responses from 10% of users during February and March 2010.
Learning Possibilities wins BETT ICT Education Partnership Award
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."
Becta selects ADOPT
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. (Website: )