London Schools to get Managed Learning Environment Three Years Ahead of Government targets


London schools are set to benefit from a Managed Learning Environment (MLE) through a framework contract procured by the London Grid for Learning (LGfL), three years ahead of Government targets.


[UKPRwire, Wed May 23 2007] London schools are set to benefit from a Managed Learning Environment (MLE) through a framework contract procured by the London Grid for Learning (LGfL), three years ahead of Government targets. The MLE, provided by Fronter UK Ltd, will give pupils and teachers their own web space, enabling pupils to work on assignments, share advice and materials with their peers and submit work online. Teachers can monitor their students’ progress throughout, offering guidance and marking their work online, without losing those aspects of personalised learning environments that allow pupils to exert control over their own learning.

Following a comprehensive evaluation conducted within Becta’s Learning Services Framework*, the framework contract has been awarded to leading learning platform provider Fronter UK Ltd. The London MLE, powered by Fronter comprises 90 tools and will enable school users to benefit from discussion boards, instant messaging and 200 MB of web space each. Pupils and teachers can get access to the latest news with RSS feeds and they can even create online brainstorms for lessons. Teachers will be able to tailor individual learning plans to help personalise learning with the MLE, creating bespoke lessons that are accessible online.

The MLE will enhance teaching and learning across London’s 2,584 maintained schools by providing the consistent delivery and management of e-learning. This continuity of learning enabled by ICT is important for London, which has the highest annual teacher turnover and pupil movement rate in the country. Students and teachers will be able to access their work online in their new school easily once transferred.

Teachers can use the MLE to create learning pathways; a piece of work containing several different completion routes to account for individual learning styles and ranges of ability. This can be tailored to the needs of their students, further personalising the learning experience. Learning pathways also ensure inclusion as all pupils are able to complete the work.

Brian Durrant, Chief Executive of the LGfL, said: “Not content with just maintaining the status quo, an MLE was the next logical step for London. This collaboration by London LAs and a commitment to learning, combined with Fronter’s expertise has made this vision possible three years ahead of the government’s target. We hope that London schools will be national trailblazers in making personalised learning enabled by ICT a reality“

Twice winners of the highly-acclaimed European Seal of Excellence in Multimedia Award, Fronter is due to roll out its MLE across London Schools from September 2007. Roger Larsen, Founder and CEO of Fronter UK Ltd, said: “We anticipate an exciting future for education and look forward to working with the London Grid for Learning to realise this across London.”

For further information on the MLE or LGfL please contact Tim Stirrup, Development Manager at LGfL. Tel: 08700 63 64 65, E-mail: tim.stirrup@lgfl.org.uk or visit the web site at: www.londonmle.net

Notes to Editors:

*Becta’s Learning Services framework forms part of the Government’s National Digital Infrastructure (NDI)

The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) is a consortium of all 33 London Local Authorities. It provides fibre-based broadband access of 2-100 Mbps to all of London’s schools. Connectivity is supplemented by providing managed services to schools, a learning platform that already meets the 2008 requirements, and by creating and enabling access to a wide range of educational content for ages 3-18. Savings of over £100 million have been achieved over a period of 4 years due to the aggregated procurement of such services by the LGfL on behalf of authorities and school.

For more information visit www.lgfl.net

The Strategic Technologies Programme is the Government’s vision of delivering a national digital infrastructure for education, transforming the way schools’ ICT services are specified, procured, delivered, supported and connected to other educational technology. This vision is designed to support the government’s e-strategy, ensuring a better application of ICT in schools to improve pupils’ interest in learning and teachers’ use of their time.
There are four related areas of this vision, three of which are linked to procurement frameworks: Infrastructure Services (provision of hardware), Learning Services (provision of software) and Data Services (provision of strategic use of new services). The fourth element is connectivity, which has been successfully implemented in London, where virtually all schools have been connected with broadband.

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