Hwb project background
Learning in Digital Wales (LiDW) is the Welsh Government programme of action for improving the use of digital technology for teaching and learning in schools. This pivotal education programme provides stakeholders across Wales with consistent access to a range of digital tools and resources that can support and assist the transformation of digital classroom practices.
The LiDW programme encompasses multiple strands of work including:
The Hwb platform, hosts a national collection of digital tools and resources to support education in Wales. Hwb is provided under contract by CDSM Interactive Solutions Ltd.
Hwb has been developed in line with the following key principles:
- to support a national approach to planning and delivery;
- to enable the sharing of skills, methods and resources between education practitioners in Wales;
- to support teaching and learning in Welsh and English; and
- to offer equal access to free, classroom focussed tools and resources for all teachers and learners in Wales.
Hwb enables its users to access online resources anywhere, at any time and from a range of web-enabled devices. It also provides tools to help education practitioners create and share their own resources and assignments. The collection includes:
- tools and resources created or commissioned by the Welsh Government and/or its agents;
- tools and resources licensed or bought by the Welsh Government;
- tools and resources made available by “trusted sources”; and
- resources created by education practitioners.
All Hwb users are provided with access to Microsoft Office 365 (which includes Outlook e-mail, non-learner Video Conferencing facilities, OneNote and core online office apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Hwb+, the all-Wales individual school learning platform, is provided under contract by Learning Possibilities and has the capability to provide an individual and customisable learning platform for every school in Wales.
Online Safety in Education
Since January 2014, the Welsh Government has contracted with South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) to promote the safe and responsible use of Hwb and provide a range of online safety activities across Wales. These activities include online safety training for education professionals and school governors, and developing resources to support children, parents and teachers.
In February 2017, the Online Safety Zone was launched on Hwb to provide a one-stop shop for information about online safety. It provides access to sources of guidance and advice to learners, parents and schools, in addition to hosting a range of useful resources and links to training and further expert support.
It also includes access to the 360 degree safe Cymru tool, an award winning online safety self-assessment tool for schools which is designed to allow schools to judge and review their own online safety practice and provision.