Our new home on the web

Last week we launched our new website which so far (fingers crossed!) has had some great feedback from our customers, and seems to be getting a great response online.

The aim of this new website was simple; we wanted to have a place online for everyone associated with Frog. A place where everything you could possibly need is at your fingertips.

Previously we had a separate blog, community, forums etc. spread across the internet, which we felt made it difficult for our customers to find us. The new website makes it a thousand times easier. All these things are still available so don’t worry about that, but you can access them all through the website.

Room Of Cardboard Boxes for Moving HouseWe never want getting in touch with us, or taking part in Frog events to be hard work for you, and there is so much going on that we want you to know about!

With the new website you may have seen a huge range of events that we’re really excited about, the Life After Levels Conferences are a great place for schools to understand what the removal of national attainment levels means for assessment and the speakers we have will be giving you practical examples of how they’ve achieved and shown progress in light of the changes. One not to be missed, especially by those trying to improve their SATs results.

Our blog has moved home from our separate blog site to our new website, we felt that by keeping everything in the same place we make it easier for you to be part of the conversation.

There are so many new things that I think listing them all here would bore you all to tears, so why not take a look around and let us know what you think!


By Danika O’Connor, Digital Marketing Manager

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Technology Vs Dyslexia

This week is National Dyslexia Awareness Week (3rd – 9th October) and this year’s theme is ‘identification of dyslexia’.  This is our second blog to highlight how technology can be used to support students with dyslexia.

What is dyslexia?

One of the best ways to understand dyslexia is to determine what it isn’t. It isn’t an indication of low intelligence or idleness. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that primarily affects the ability to learn, read and spell. It often runs in families and stems from a difficulty in processing the sounds in words. Over 6 million people in the UK have dyslexia.

How Rugby High School supports students with dyslexia

At Rugby High School in Warwickshire students bring their own devices to lessons so they can use the accessibility tools on their device such as voice over, colour screen filters or change their font style.

Rugby High School also have a page dedicated to their SEN department which is known as ‘Boost’ in order to make students aware of dyslexia.


Rugby High School’s ‘Boost’ page

Sean Quinn, e-learning leader comments ‘Students use Frog to create their own individual learning plan with a student mentor or teaching assistant. Students are able to access lessons and resources via Frog therefore if they need to they can plan for lessons or reflect on previous ones.

‘We are also looking at using video technology through FrogSnap to provide evaluative feedback to students which can be accessed by all regardless of reading ability or accessibility.’

New developments in Frog

Frog will be releasing an ePub Reader app later this year as part of the Dickens release. The ePub Reader will enable students to make use of the wide availability of ePub texts on Project Gutenberg including many classics which are part of the English Literature curriculum.

The ePub Reader has a range of accessibility features which can support people with dyslexia such as:

  • Ability to control background colour and font to optimise readability – this has proven to help people who struggle to read by avoiding the white background.
  • Inclusion of the dyslexic friendly font OpenDyslexic – a font designed to mitigate some of the common reading errors caused by dyslexia.
  • Text to speech synthesis – allowing users to have both full chapters of text or just highlighted text read aloud.

The ePub reader app will be available as (part of the Dickens release) later this year.

by Simeon Yianni, Marketing Assistant at Frog Education




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How Tech can Help with Dyslexia


Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016 (3rd – 9th October) starts on Monday and this year’s theme is ‘identification of dyslexia’.

Dyslexia affects approximately one in ten people in the UK which equates to more than six million people. In children, one in five leave primary school below the national expected levels in reading, some of these pupils could have undiagnosed dyslexia.

The classroom can be a daunting place for dyslexic children, whether they have been diagnosed or not. Diagnosed dyslexic children might struggle to understand tasks being asked of them or simply not have the confidence to get involved in class discussions. Those who haven’t been diagnosed might think they are constantly getting things wrong; unbeknown to them because of this learning difficulty. 

Dyslexia Awareness Week opens up the discussion on how technology can best support students (and staff) with dyslexia. Can technology help spot undiagnosed dyslexia in the classroom? Frog is a sophisticated data management tool and this can identify trends in a child’s learning and development, so could help teachers notice consistent problems and possibly highlight learning difficulties. Spotting hidden learning difficulties such as dyslexia is only the first step and once diagnosed, the appropriate support can be given. 

Feedback from Maggie Milledge a teacher at Woodley School has said that technology like Frog help make learning experiences easier for pupils and teachers with dyslexia with features like spellcheck (in the text widget) and different themes/colours available on the dashboard to help keep engagement through customisation.  

For more information on Dyslexia Awareness Week please visit the British Dyslexia Association website here where free dyslexia screening is being offered all week. 

By Simeon Yianni, Marketing Assistant at Frog Education
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Is Homework really so much Hassle?

This week homework has been hitting the headlines due to a secondary school in Essex deciding to ban homework.  This is an interesting stance and one which the Headteacher has taken due to the workload it adds to her teachers.

In an interview Catherine Hutley, Headteacher at Phillip Morant Secondary said “’The job of a teacher is impossible. There are not enough hours in the day for a teacher to teach, set homework, mark homework, and plan their lessons.”

But the bigger question is, does homework really aid learning?

Research from the Department for Education shows that pupils who do homework perform considerably better in exams than those that don’t. There’s a really helpful article from the Guardian summarising some of this research.

So it would seem the answer is simply a big yes.  But as with all these things, it just isn’t that simple. It’s not really about homework, it’s about quality homework.

Ofsted have outlined in their School Inspection Handbook that they expect homework that aids learning. 

So what does that mean? It means that homework for the sake of homework just doesn’t cut it anymore. Anyone over the age of 20 will remember colouring in endless maps and making enough posters to fill the Tate Modern, but this effortless homework doesn’t aid learning.

So what’s the solution?

Taking another look at the case of Philip Morant Secondary School, it’s not as clear cut as it seems in the headlines, the Headteacher has outlined that this “ban” on homework isn’t that black and white. Catherine Hutley has said that home learning is very much encouraged, and prizes will be given to the most dedicated students. This is simply a way to reduce teacher workload and stop homework that has no value.

So where does technology come into it?

We feel that without technology teacher workload will become unmanageable.  Frog builds technology with the aim to remove paperwork associated with teaching, and our perspective is that homework can be an effortless task for teachers.

Frog gives teachers:

  • 250,000 questions made by education experts in line with the curriculum which can be assigned in a couple of clicks
  • Automatic marking
  • Homework linked to your curriculum (in line with Ofsted requirements)

So how does Frog really aid learning?

This quiz based style of learning provided by Frog has been show to improve performance in the classroom.  A year 7 student at a Frog School named Lok-Yi has highlighted that using Frog for home learning gave her the confidence to participate in class.

Lok-Yi has recently moved to the UK and English isn’t her first language, but through her homework she has been able to work on her reading and writing skills with the help of game based learning covering a range of topics. You can read Lok-Yi’s full story here.

The same school also implemented Frog to help with their flipped learning strategy meaning they have pupils undertaking home learning and so they can make the most of their contact time with students in class.


For us, cases like Lok-Yi’s are why we come to work, and we wouldn’t invest so much in homework if we didn’t believe in it’s ability to aid learning, but we do think it needs to be done in the right way.

You can read the full story about Philip Morant Secondary School here.

By Michael Wilkinson, Deputy Managing Director at Frog Education
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Pirate Week sets sail for another year

Pirate Week is drawing to a close and at Frog/i am learning we’re all pirated out. We’ve sailed the seas, found treasure and (after some attempts at fancy dress on Monday, see the photo below) even had to walk the plank!



The amount of people who logged in and used FrogPlay/i am learning has blown us out of the water once again. Here’s the stats for the week!

Logins 36,442 over Pirate week

3,138.85 hours’ worth of learning time (that’s 130.7 days for you mathematicians out there)

1/3rd of all Pirate bounty was unlocked

57,077 total items (from Pet Parrots, outfits and avatars) were bought

 ‘Arrr! Pirates!’ was played a total of 1,716 times (making it our most played game this year)


If you did anything special for Pirate Week, then we’d love to hear about it. You can comment below with pictures of your Avatar, your high score from the week on ‘Arrr! Pirates!’ or even just what you liked most about Pirate week! We’re already looking forward to next year me harties…

By Simeon Yianni, Marketing Assistant at Frog Education


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A Pirate’s Life for Me

Ahoy there me’harties.

On Monday 19th September i am learning/FrogPlay is celebrating ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ by dressing everything up. That’s right, as pirates!


If you log in to i am learning/FrogPlay there’s a ship themed wallpaper for your room which turns it into a pirate ship. To go alongside this, there’s a free pirate game, a half price pet parrot and a pirate avatar. We want as many of you as possible to get involved in the fun as the ships won’t sail themselves.


If you or your school is doing anything special for ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ then tweet us a picture here. Cap’n says if you’re seaworthy we might send you some treasure! Shiver me timbers.

By Simeon Yianni, Marketing Assistant at Frog Education


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What can you expect from Frog this term?

teacher collecting evidence with Frog Snap in garden

New Website

We’re in the process of designing the new Frog website, this website aims to bring all of our school’s everything they need in one place while being simple to navigate. We’re aiming to get it out to you this half term… watch this space.

Dickens Release

The Dickens release will be coming to you this Autumn term where our focus is on ease of use. Things you can look forward to are custom mark schemes, an event widget and prior year alerts in Progress! You can follow our development team through the process on Twitter.

Events! Events! Events!

At Frog we like to get out of the office and meet you all face to face and a huge part of this is our events.  We have a full range of events this term coming your way, we’ll be attending #learningfirst events, bringing you FrogProgress and FrogLearn Events, and showing our faces at exhibitions. You can see a full list of our upcoming events on our website.


Keeping you up to date with everything Frog is important for us, and making sure you have everything you could possibly need to use Frog effectively is something we’re working on more this term. The blog will be jam packed with videos and articles on all the goings on at Frog, and it will be updated every #FrogFriday. You can follow us on social media to stay up to date.


Training has always been hugely important to us at Frog but soon you will be able to organise your training on the new website. Follow us and all our new developments on Twitter!

By Danika O’Connor, Digital Marketing Manager at Frog Education
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Frog on the Road

Where else can you meet like-minded professionals with the same aim of improving teaching and learning than at a Frog Event.  Granted, not all of these events are hosted by us, but we’ll certainly be there!  Education events are there to inspire, share best practice and work alongside those with the same problems as you, so we look forward to seeing you at the below events!


Education without Levels Events

First on the list, we’ll be at the @BeyondLevels events at Bath University on 22nd September, and at The University of Wolverhampton on 1st October. #LearningFirst is a forward-thinking movement and we’re proud we’re part of it having sponsored the first event earlier this year. Hosted by Dame Alison Peacock and the @BeyondLevels team these events focus on enabling discussion between teachers and senior leaders on education without levels.

Customer Events

We’re doing a handful of Customer Events in October where we’ll be showcasing FrogProgress and FrogPlay/i am learning, these events will provide a great opportunity to meet and network with other Frog Schools.  They are taking place at various locations so make sure you check our website for details! We’re particularly excited to go through new features in the Curie release and give you an exclusive look into the Dickens release.

NAHT Conferences

The NAHT are holding two conferences entitled ‘building a successful team around the child’ that we’ll be attending, one in Manchester on 14th October and the other in London on 18th November. At these conferences you can expect to hear from high profile speakers and get practical advice from topical workshops led by knowledgeable and forward-thinking facilitators.


The National Conference on School Improvement will be held on 12th October at the beautiful QEII centre in London, this is a conference not to be missed.  This event will see 250 senior leaders and education experts discuss innovation and how to improve education in the UK, assessment guru Mick Walker will be there speaking on behalf of Life After Levels, discussing the past, the present, and the future of assessment. The Frog Team will be exhibiting at the event, so come say hello!

Follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our Blog to be kept up to date on the rest of the events we’re holding this academic year, along with everything Frog.

By Simeon Yianni, Marketing Assistant at Frog Education
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Introducing the New and Improved Frog Forum

The Frog Forums are an invaluable asset to any Frog user and we noted that the old forums were in need of a little TLC. While users still post regularly, the functionality could be improved. So we’ve created a brand spanking new forum for you to discuss, share and exchange thoughts and ideas with other Frog users.

The first thing you should know is your login details are the same as the old forum if you’ve already registered.  If you haven’t registered, then now is your chance!  It’s a tool for Frog users to swap ideas, best practice, lesson examples and share solutions to technical problems with other Frog users. Use it to showcase anything you might be particularly proud of – there are a few good examples already!

A new feature of the technical forums is that they are question-and-answer based. This means that you’ll be able to flag the answers which solve your problems, hopefully helping others in the process.

Graham Quince, Engagement Consultant and Frog Forum Guru comments; “The Frog Forum is an awesome way for Frog users to interact, to solve any issues together and to share tips. I find it’s a really useful tool to get the most out of Frog and network with the #FrogFamily. I encourage everyone to take a look at the forum and let us know what you think.”

You can find the new forum here, bookmark it to find easily later. While the old forum is still active for a short while, it will be shut down in due course. We’ll let all users know when this is happening, why not follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with all things Frog. In the meantime, enjoy the new forum and get posting!

By Simeon Yianni, Marketing Assistant at Frog Education
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Our Top 10 Features of the Curie Release

With the Curie release being in the final stages of roll out, we thought we’d take the time to let you know about some of the exciting new features in the release…


Drum roll, please…

1) Mark schemes: historically you could only mark percentages, now you can do other marks such as out of 10, the world is your marking oyster.

2) Copy page in site: you can now duplicate pages within a site – one of the most requested features from users. Now you don’t have to redo common styling, layouts, and widgets on new pages individually.

3) We’ve introduced a Shared Folders widget – another massively requested feature which will allow you to view a shared folder on a site – ideal for policy documents and sharing resources across the dept or school.

4) Improvements to the FrogFeedback now allows PowerPoint files to be uploaded, works with Google docs via the new Google Integration, and has two new stickers requested by schools – WWW – ‘What Went Well’ and EBI – ‘Even Better If’.  Both of which enable you to add feedback for detailed comments on students’ work.

5) The Forms widget now has the ability for site administrators to choose whether a form can be submitted once or multiple times and forms can now be used on a site that is shared publicly on the internet – more user requested features.

6) The calendar now starts the day at 8am rather than midnight. A small tweak but one that saves you constantly scrolling to get to the school day, it’s been implemented due to popular demand.

7) FrogProgress Reporting application now gives you the ability to save a report as a PDF. Another request that has been made a reality because teachers wanted it.

8) FrogProgress now has a new bulk reporting option allowing you to quickly generate reports for a group of students, rather than having to do this individually.

9) Finally, our crème-de-la-crème; Google Integration into Assignments which fully integrates the setting and marking of Google docs into homework and assignments. This is a major part of the Curie release, please ask us if you would like more details or click here to watch the video

10) Something we have also done differently this time is share the release notes in different ways, we’ve focused the FrogBlog on it heavily, and created videos explaining the release for the first time. If you want to know more about Google Integration and how it works in Frog, we’ve made a video for you and the full release notes here. There are constant updates, forum discussions and tutorials on everything Frog on the Frog Community site.

We’re already looking ahead to the Dickens release which will be with you towards the end of this term, and starting to think about next year. If you have some ideas, login to the Ideas Portal to have your say on what should be in upcoming releases!

By Simeon Yianni, Marketing Assistant at Frog Education
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