Today marks 12 years since the brainchild of LiteracyPlanet’s Founder, Shane Davis, became a reality.
2009 was the year of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi, Barack Obama’s inauguration and the release of Box Office hit Avatar. And in September of the same year, LiteracyPlanet was launched. In the 12 years since then, the online English literacy platform has supported more than two million students around the world in achieving literacy learning success.
“There have been vast advancements in technology since we first created LiteracyPlanet. But what hasn’t changed is that teachers have been, and always will be, drivers of learning in the classroom. You can’t replace the human touch and their intuitive understanding of students’ needs,” said Mr Davis.
“We developed the program to support teachers and students in literacy development and importantly, it continues to do that and inspire a lifetime of learning.”
The LiteracyPlanet platform is curriculum-aligned to help teachers deliver literacy outcomes for students aged 5 to 15. It is intuitively built to monitor individual student engagement and serve personalised content appropriate to students’ learning levels through its Learn, Practise, Test philosophy. The program also provides important support for teachers through time-saving mission assignment tools and insightful reporting.
In the past year alone, the platform has had a major redevelopment, launching with the same curriculum-aligned content in an all-new format. Enhancements include the introduction of an online magazine, Intrepizine, with new articles released weekly; My Words, a tool for students to create custom spelling lists that saw more than 11,000 lists created in its first month; and expanding teachers’ usability of the program for reporting, searching for content, and saving time in assigning tasks.
“It’s been a huge year for everyone – customers and staff – and we’re so proud of how we’ve been able to bring to life our vision for a platform that doesn’t just teach literacy, it makes learning fun! And that’s something to celebrate” added Tom Richardson, CEO of LiteracyPlanet.
“Our mission of inspiring a lifetime of learning is not just a throwaway line. We have more than 150 years of combined staff experience within the company, which is testament to the purpose we are working towards and how much our people want to be a part of that.”
“And importantly, it’s thanks to our valued customers who have been along with us for the journey. It is their support, generous feedback and continued use of the program that has made LiteracyPlanet what it is today.”
Staff around the globe celebrated the 12-year milestone this week with plenty of cake, coffee and a surprise visit from the program’s most loved character, Word Monster.