LEADing Lights uses cloud technology to enable students to access their tools anytime, anywhere. Whether at home, at school, or on the mobile on the go, as long as you have an internet connection you have access to everything the LEADing Lights platform has to offer.
A student entering kindergarten in 2018 will graduate from Year 12 in 2032. No-one can know for certain how learning will evolve in the next 14 years, just as in 2004 we could only have guessed at what the world would look like today. The LEADing Lights platform is built to be extensible and flexible, in order to respond and evolve as schools’ needs change over time, and equip today’s students for success tomorrow.
The credentials each student receives will be perpetual throughout their entire schooling from K-12. Even when moving to a different CEWA school, student credentials will be unchanged, ensuring students will always have access to files they have created, emails they have received, and documents that have been shared with them.
Students have already received access to their new credentials and Office 365 licenses, and will be able to access the Student Portal following their schools’ migration to Admin of Schools in 2018.
These tools are accessible from the CEWA Portal here.
LEADing Lights’ student offering is delivered in three parts:
Firstly, their new CEWA credential. Students’ new online identity is perpetual throughout their education in CEWA schools, and is their single online identity for all LEADing Lights tools, with no need to sign in and out between different services.
Secondly, the Office 365 platform, a suite of productivity tools tailor-made for education. With different applications for document editing, communication and collaboration, and cloud storage, students have access to best-in-class tools. With an online interface and a license allowing for installation on five different devices, students have access to world-class productivity software wherever they go.
Thirdly, the Student Portal. For students, this is where administrative tasks such as viewing timetables, results and school notices take place. More features are currently in development and will be announced as they are confirmed and deployed.
See more about the LEADing Lights Projects here.
Technology in the classroom does not replace the teacher or the learning methods. In fact, the role of technology in the classroom is to assist and enhance the work of the teacher. For example, Microsoft OneNote can be used by teachers to distribute content to a class, provide a collaboration space both inside and outside of the classroom, and give real-time feedback on students’ work. Using this technology does not change the content provided, the way students learn the curriculum, or the relationship between the student and teacher. Rather, the technology simply provides a easy and convenient medium to facilitate learning.
Other improvements such as rapid and detailed feedback and data analytics serve both to better inform and empower teachers, as well as to ensure meaningful technology integration – in short, we benchmark and analyse in order to ensure the integration of technology in a classroom is for the good of the students and the sake of learning, and not for the sake of trendiness.
See more of the research behind LEADing Lights here.