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Introduction to Tablets in Education at Penybont Primary School

LearnPad’s first Leader School, Penybont Primary in Bridgend, held LearnPad’s inaugural Introduction to Tablets in Education course on Thursday, June 26.

Penybont were chosen as LearnPad’s first Leader School for their commitment to best practice for using technology to teach and for transforming their classrooms by taking LearnPad into the core of their everyday planning. When asked how Penybont felt about being the first Leader School, Head Teacher Ben Blackall replied “We were really proud to be asked to be the first Leader School for LearnPad. We’ve integrated LearnPad fully into our school, from Foundation right up to KS2 we can see the massive benefits they have given both our teachers and pupils.”

“As part of being a Leader School, we are available to offer advice to schools who want to know more about how we’ve made LearnPad a great tool for teaching and engaging our children. We are happy to share this success with other schools and as a result, we are holding some Introduction to Tablets courses here, where we invite schools in for a day for LearnPad training and show them best practice and share our experiences. Teachers will come away with the knowledge they need to successfully enable them to implement tablet solutions in their schools and raise standards to the highest level”.

The course was well attended by headteachers, class leaders and ICT coordinators, and was designed to give an overview of how LearnPad’s simple tablet solution can raise attainment, engage learners and improve learning and teaching.

The attendees were given their own LearnPads and quickly discovered how easy it is to create lessons, find content, differentiate learning and manage the devices.

To round off the day, a tour of the school showed how Penybont uses LearnPad in their lessons and the attendees were inspired how the children and teachers at Penybont are using LearnPad and QrKeys in creative ways throughout the school. The attendees have taken their LearnPads back into their schools and are sharing their experiences of using LearnPad in the classroom.

 

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New LearnPad Features Update

We would like to share with all of our customers some great new LearnPad features that we will be launching very shortly.

We’ve been working hard recently on some great new classroom tools that will help teachers better engage with students and make tablet based classwork simpler to distribute and manage. These new features, called LearnPad InClass® will be wrapped up in a free software update that we will make available to all of our customers over the next few weeks.

In anticipation of, and to support the new release, we have made a few changes to the LearnPadConnect™ portal which will go live on 13th November 2013. We thought we would let you all know about these now, just in case the changes cause a little confusion.

LearnPad content has always been arranged hierarchically into activitiescategories, and profiles. However, the world is a big place, and sometimes different words have a different meaning or connotation in different countries. So to make sure all of our global school customers have a common set of names that better describe the LearnPad interface, we have made a few changes. From tomorrow, ‘Profiles’ will become ‘Lessons’ and ‘Activities’ will become ‘Resources’, with ‘Categories’ remaining the same. So the hierarchical structure will be:

Lessons > Categories > Resources

None of your existing profiles or activities will be changed, they will just be referred to now as lessons and resources. Just to recap, a lesson is a collection of up to 6 categories, and a category is a collection of resources. Resources are apps, websites, documents, images, audio, video or any type of supported files.

Hopefully this won’t cause too much confusion, but if you do have any questions, please do contact support@learnpad.co and our technical team will be happy to assist.

We will let you know as soon as the new LearnPad InClass®  update is available and you will be able to push this update out to all of your devices from the LearnPadConnect™ portal with just a simple click!

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ClassView wins 2013 ERA Innovation Award

The champagne was flowing last night for Gloucester based company, Avantis as it was presented with an Education Resources Award in the ‘Innovation Award’ category for its new software management tool ClassView.

The judges, an independent panel of experienced educational professionals, most of whom are classroom teachers, felt that ClassView is an ideal real-time, classroom tablet management software system, designed exclusively for ‘front of class’ use in schools. The judges agreed that ClassView demonstrated Avantis’ capacity for innovation and understanding of the changing needs of the education sector.

Nik Tuson, managing director, Avantis commented: “This award is now the third education sector award we have won in the past year; we are so pleased that this clearly marks the sector’s approval of the work we are doing to support the use of tablet technology in schools. Schools are increasingly realising the benefit of using LearnPad tablet technology in the classroom; with this comes the need by teachers to manage student’s activity while on the LearnPad and ClassView offers the ideal solution.”

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LearnPad wins 2013 BETT Award!

Bett13WINAvantis is delighted to announce that LearnPad2 has won the highly coverted BETT Digital Device Award for 2013. The judges were impressed with Avantis’ focus on designing the Learn-Pad for schools, making the hardware and software work to enhance pupil outcomes. They stated that, “the innovative and effective features such as the use of QR Codes for creating profiles, the ability for the Learn Pad to network with existing school resources and excellent connectivity makes the LearnPad stand out from existing tablets on the market.”

The prestigious awards aim to recognise, reward and celebrate ICT excellence within the education sector by honouring outstanding resources and learning solutions developed by educational suppliers. Entries to the Bett Awards are judged by over 50 education professionals.

Nik Tuson, managing director, Avantis commented: “We are really proud to have won this award.  We spend so much time working with educators and content providers to develop the LearnPad to meet current teaching needs. Many schools are realising the benefit of using tablet technology in the classroom; we are so pleased that the education sector experience of the judges has highlight the superior format of the LearnPad.”

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LearnPad shortlisted for 4 ERA Awards!

ERA2013 Finalist Logo RGBAvantis and LearnPad have been shortlisted for no less than four ERA awards! This year LearnPad is a finalist in the following categories: Best Secondary ICT Resource, Best SEN ICT Resource, Innovation Award and Avantis is a finalist in the Supplier of the Year award. The Awards ceremony is to be held on Friday 15th March 2013 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

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Avantis wins Education Investor Award

Avantis is delighted to announce it has won the 2012 Educational Supplier of the year Award at the prestigious Education Investor awards dinner last night at the London Hilton Park Lane Hotel. Nik Tuson, managing director at Avantis said, “Winning the award that is judged by such respected stakeholders within the education sector gives me immense satisfaction. Working within a cluttered market of tablet devices, we designed the LearnPad to be uniquely aligned perfectly to the classroom’s needs – we know it is a fantastic product but it’s great to know that the sector agrees.”

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LearnPad2 Launches at £199!

Hot on the heels of the Award winning LearnPad, Avantis Systems launched LearnPad2. Priced at a staggeringly low £199, LearnPad now features a rear facing camera, a 9.7″ IPS screen, 1Gb RAM and 16Gb storage, a 1.5Ghz CPU and a 10 point capacitive touch screen.

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LearnPad Wins ERA Award!

ERA2012 Winner Logo RGBLearnPad has won the 2012 ERA Award for Best Primary device involving ICT. Nik Tuson, Managing Director of Avantis said ‘It is wonderful for all of us at Avantis to receive an award which has been judged by practising teachers. LearnPad is the only tablet computer designed exclusively for use in education. It provides an exciting and safe way to interact with existing eLearning content, websites, documents, eBooks, videos and music, flash-based activities and the latest generation of digital content available from many online ‘app stores’ – we know it is a fantastic resource but it’s great to know that teachers agree.”

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Avantis launch LearnPad

Avantis Systems Ltd today launched LearnPad, the worlds first tablet computer designed specifically for use in the classroom at the BETT show in London’s Olympia. Managing Director Nik Tuson commented ‘Avantis are proud to launch the world first tablet computer designed specificaly for use with in schools and the classroom. LearnPad has been designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of students, classrooms and schools.’ LearnPad features a secure, customisable student interface, support for proxy networks, pre-installed educational content and applications and a secure integrated web browser. LearnPad list for just £295.

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