Research into schools' strategic priorities last year showed how important the "training and embedding of learning platforms" is for many schools. It's an area we take incredibly seriously, and users of the RM Learning Platform benefit from free places at our Learning Platform User Forums, the latest of which we've just returned from. I'll ask Naell Crosby-Roe, our Product Marketing Manager, to take up the story...
It was a busy and inspiring agenda for our day in Sheffield, jam-packed with examples of how the RM Learning Platform is making a positive difference in schools every day. But don't take my word for it, here's what some of the attendees told us at the end of the day:
- "Presentations great, as last time"
- "Very useful presentations throughout the day – thanks. Good to hear what's happening, rather than what could happen."
- "Fantastic informative day – great to see what others are doing!"
- "Excellent opportunity for effective networking and feedback.
- "Love the MyZone SEN package!"
- "Fantastic day have come away with a lot. Would recommend to others."
- "Presentations were very relevant – great to see how the LP is being used in schools."
Mark Reynolds, Microsoft's Schools Business Manager, opened the day as our keynote speaker with a very informative overview of cloud computing and the many fantastic services available from Microsoft that schools are using. It was a presentation that answered a lot of questions about 'the cloud' and we're pleased Mark and Microsoft were able to be a part of the day.
Glimpse into the future
We took a brief glimpse into the future of the RM Learning Platform and the 11.01 release scheduled for the end of May. Andrew Iles from the RM Learning Platform team demonstrated some of the new features and enhancements such as a personal information feed, search-based resource libraries ideal for today's Internet savvy learners and some fun and engaging new themes.
New developments for improved accessibility
He also talked about some new integration developments to provide a more accessible experience for younger users or users with special education needs.
- The first was the integration of the Widgit Point and Insite applications that bring the Widgit communication symbols into the heart of the RM Learning Platform.
- The next was a brand new interface developed in partnership with Inclusive Technology (BETT 2010 – ICT Company of the Year). Ian Bean from Inclusive Technology gave us a lively introduction to this new interface, named MyZone, which was enthusiastically received by everyone and promises to make a significant difference to a huge number of users. You can see some of this at www.rm.com/lpcomingsoon.
Schools wowed us with their success stories
Four schools were on hand to share their stories. Jacqui Johnson (Eureka Primary School), Mike Boucher (The Summerhill School), Rebecca Summers (Cradley CE Primary School) and Helen Legomski (St Peter's CE High School) wowed us with a range of videos, demonstrations and presentations. There were:
- Year 6 pupils setting their own personal learning targets
- Classes web conferencing with schools in Florida
- Effective use of the VLE
- Examples of improved results through successfully managing assessments in partnership with students,
...and much more. We'll soon be sharing some of these on this blog and our Web site.
Announcing our new competition
We also launched our latest competition to encourage more schools to share their good news stories by designing a new poster for the RM Learning Platform. The winning Primary school will receive a great TTS 'Get Creative with CIT' bundle, and the winning Secondary School will receive a new RM Slate PC. The competition runs until the end of April and you can find out more at www.rmeducation.com/createaposter.
So, after such as great day it's time to start planning the next one…