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Learning Resources


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LGfL provides high quality Learning Resources as part of the LGfL 2.0 service to London Schools. All our content is showcased and explained at www.content.lgfl.net ​

The resources are safe, secure and reliable so that London teachers incorporate them into their daily teaching and children’s learning, both in and out of school. 


 

LGfL Content Overview Videos - 2014
Overview videos summarizing some of the content for staff meetings are availble as above.The resources are increasingly provided to support a range of curriculum models, with an emphasis on quality and relevance to promote increased standards of achievement across London Schools.
 

 


Content by Icons

Content by Grid

 LGfL content mission statement

Resources range across all curriculum areas and Key Stages and include:

  • Resource banks (eg Audio network, Pathe news archive and Guardian and Observer Archives)
  • Teacher guidance material (eg ICT Assessment toolkit, Copyrights Copywrongs)
  • Online applications
  • Independent student resources (eg UsOnline eSafety resources
  • Creative tools (Eg LGfL Creative toolkit)
  • Exclusive access into historic artefacts with expert guidance (eg The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, The Romans in London)
Content News
Christmas Resources on LGfLChristmas Resources on LGfL
Concert support notes for the January London Schools Symphony Orchestra concertConcert support notes for the January London Schools Symphony Orchestra concert
LGfL launches new SEND resource: "Look, Think, Do"for pupils with social and communication needs...
LGfL Shortlisted for three BETT Awards 2015"The Tudors in London", "The M Room" and new pre-history resource
Polar Exploration in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and beyond (available Spring 2013) - Scott Polar Research Institute

Extensive filming of artefacts from Polar Expeditions of the early 20th Century form the basis of a comprehensive resource for Geography, Literacy, Science and Cizitenship.




Materials here are designed to help promote the range of content that LGfL has to o​ffer within your school. The key message  for teachers planning and looking for resources is "Have you looked on LGfL?"
 

Secondary Content Booklet 2014 
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The booklets can be ordered in hard copy from LGfL, free of charge, by contacting office@lgfl.org.uk
 
The latest overview videos of the content on LGfL are available as below and make an ideal way to promote LGfL content within a staff meeting.

LGfL Content overview Videos - 2014
These previous videos featuring Michael Rosen may also still be of interest: 
Michael Rosen (professor, former children's laureate and writer) explains how London Primary School teachers can make the most out of LGfL content, with a particular focus on literacy.​
Michael Rosen (professor, former children's laureate and writer) explains how London Secondary School teachers can make the most out of LGfL content, with a particular focus on literacy.

Bob Usher
Content Manager
bob.usher@lgfl.org.uk
07966 627 907
Please email me when making initial contact

 

Learning Resource Suggestions for the LGfL

The LGfL Content Manager is employed by LGfL on behalf of the all the 33 London Education Authorities to support and expedite the work of the LGfL Content Editorial Board.
The Content Manager ensures that the strategic development plans of the Editorial Board are achieved in the short, medium and long term.

You can email the content manager if you have any suggestions for online content which the LGfL Editorial Board might want to consider. Please review the documents below before making any suggestions.  

Developing new Partnerships with 'not for profit' organisations
LGfL is interested in developing new partnerships with ‘not for profit’ organisations that have a responsibility / interest to develop education resources for the schools audience. LGfL can offer content development opportunities using LGfL technologies and hosting new co-developed content on LGfL servers; authenticating access for school users connected via other Learning Grids making up the National Education Network.
 
Links to external online content from the LGfL website
If you would like the LGfL website to link to external online resources - the content will be subject to an editorial process. In the first instance, this evaluation will be undertaken by the LGfL Content Manager and may then be subject to further evaluation by the LGfL Editorial Board. There are multiple requests for this type of linking every week, so the response time will vary  - but is usually weeks, rather than days.

For further information on what criteria is required for external online resource linking read the LGfL external linking criteria.
 
LGfL discount on commercial online content
LGfL will consider offering commercial products at a negotiated LGfL discount - subject to approval by the LGfL Editorial Board. For guidance on how to apply for this type of partnership with LGfL download the submission criteria.

LGfL purchase of existing commercial content
In the first instance, all potential online content must undergo an initial evaluation process by the Content Manager in which it will be assessed against submission criterion.

The Content Manager has limited availability for meetings with commercial and non commercial organisations who wish to offer online content that will assist LGfL in achieving its strategic content development aims.
The Content Manager’s diary operates several months in advance at all times – so it is not usually possible to accommodate meeting requests at short notice.

If proposed content is assessed by the Content Manager to be suitable for consideration by the Editorial Board, a proposal will be invited for consideration at a subsequent Editorial Board meeting. Meetings of the Editorial Board are held quarterly and all documentation is sent out to board members at least one week prior to each meeting.

Publishers with material to offer that fits within the LGfL strategic content development aims may contact the LGfL Content Manager; however, for the avoidance of wasted time for both parties it is strongly advised to ensure that the content and terms offered meet LGfL criteria before making contact.

Summary of the decision making process

 

Mobile technology and LGfL resources

 

LGfL Learning Resources and mobile devices

The LGfL Learning Resources portfolio has been built over 10 years, and contains a wide range of different types of resources which use a variety different online technologies.

Historically, many of online content developers have relied on Adobe Flash technology to provide user interactivity, animations and video on some LGfL content. The decision by Apple to not allow Adobe Flash to work on Apple iOS mobile devices has restricted the availability on many LGfL Learning resources on their devices.

What LGfL resources audit 2012 can be used on Apple iOS  devices?

Appendix 1​ is a summary audit of the existing LGfL  Learning Resources and describes the functionality possible on mobile devices and shows:mobile devices.jpg

 

  • Main content that works on Apple mobile devices
  • Video that plays on Apple mobile devices
  • Embed codes for videos provided*

 

The LGfL Strategy for the future of LGfL online learning resources on mobile devices

For the majority of online educational resource providers the cost of re-coding their existing products for existing customers is prohibitive. For the same reasons, LGfL has been unable to justify the expense in commissioning ‘non flash’ versions of existing LGfL Learning Resources.

In 2011, LGfL started work on new Learning Resources where mobile device compatibility was factored into the design from the start. A new video delivery system was also developed to deliver higher quality video content that optimised not only to the speed of connection, but also to the type of device viewing the content.

The LGfL Learning Resources that have the highest compatibility with all platforms are the most recent LGfL content titles – that have been produced ‘in house’ by LGfL e.g. the Royal Mews, Everyone Matters, ReadingZone and The Romans in London and Broadcast Engineering and Maths.

Many content providers now produce their resources without Flash content – choosing to use other technologies such as HTML5 or Java instead. Busy Things have a successful range of Apple iOS app titles.

Recent (free) iOS apps linked to LGfL services are:

 

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Microsoft Skydrive  app
LGfL London mail account details can be used to access the Skydrive files ​
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J2E app​ ​
​LGfL USO accounts can be used to access the J2E online tool, allowing publishing directly from the iOS device. This app makes full use of the built in camera on apple mobile devices
 

 

LGfL will continue to monitor the changes to the way in which teachers and learners access and use online learning resources and where practical and affordable, will endeavour to deliver new content in formats that can be viewed on any online device.

 

The London MLE and mobile devices

 

  • The Fronter learning platform works fully on Apple iOS devices (eg iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) in the browser since January 2012 when the upgraded java text editor was implemented.
  • Fronter has mobile apps for Apple iOS and Android platforms. (Read more....)
  • All new Fronter developments have a 'mobile first' strategy - so mobile use is considered from the outset on any developments.
  • Fronter does not use any Adobe flash functionality on the Learning Platform.

 

For further information about LGfL Learning Resources and strategies for the future please contact:

Bob Usher
Content Manager
London Grid for Learning Trust,
CI Tower, St Georges Square, New Malden, KT3 4TE

content.support@lgfl.org.uk