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.
 
Dec. 12, 2012 - PRLog -- 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.
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