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!

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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…

 

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

Resources

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

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!

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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.

Conferences

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…

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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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Welcome Back!

Firstly, we want to welcome you all back for a new academic year, and a special welcome to teachers joining the #FrogFamily!

We’ve been busy over the summer holidays, so this week (and this week only) we’ll be publishing a blog every day to get you up to speed!

If you and your team need training or a refresher course, we’re happy to help!  Over the summer we’ve invested in our Frog Team, we now have our School Partnership Team based around the country. If you’re facing a new challenge this year, be it Parental Engagement, Home Learning, Progress Tracking, or teaching with the new Curriculum this team can come to your school and help you use Frog to achieve these goals.

An onsite visit with our School Partnership Team is completely free, so take advantage of it! Get in touch to book a meeting with the School Partnership Team.

Click here to organise a meeting with the School Partnership Team

Click here to organise a refresher course for your School

Subscribe to our blog, or follow us on social media to be kept up to date on everything going on at Frog and follow this #Frogfamily series.

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Simple CSS – Changing the default colour of hyperlinks in the text

In the first of a new series, Graham Quince shows off some simple CSS you can add to your FrogLearn.   You don’t need to understand Frog’s code or even advanced CSS.  The short tutorials videos are backed up with the code shown, so anyone can follow along.

This week Graham demonstrates how to change the default colour of links in the Text widget.

Take a look at the community site page here.

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Frog Integrates with Google

The new Curie release has a range of innovative features (not to blow our own trumpet) but the one which has been highly anticipated is Google integration.

With the latest update you can integrate Google documents directly into homework and assignments. This will allow teachers to copy Google documents to all students or collaborate on a single document, or “hand in” Google docs which teachers can view in Frog, making the whole process that little more seamless.

We work hard to make Frog the most user-friendly education software on the market, and intelligent integration is a huge part of that. Steve Holt, Deputy Managing Director says, ‘Wrapping the Google technology with our years of educational experience gives the experience depth and context. We are delighted with the latest release, this is a significant step forward and a great partnership that we know our schools will love using’.

This new feature integrates into our standard workflow, which means you can add rich feedback as with other Frog activities. It allows you to manage Google docs within our Assignment Manager, you can click on a document to preview it and with another click be editing it.

If you want to know a little more, we’ve put together a video guide with Graham Thorpe, one of our Product Managers to talk you through this exciting integration.

 

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In light of the GCSE results, are students reaching their potential?

The way that teachers traditionally measure their performance has been by comparison between teachers, departments, and schools based on how many children achieved 5 or more A* to C grades. However, the introduction on Progress 8 will turn this on its head.

Progress 8 is simply a point system based on value added.  It asks what value a school has given to a child’s education and compares the data from their predicted GCSE grade based on their achievements at Key Stage 2 and what they actually achieved at GCSE.

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Since this was proposed it has been optional for schools to take part in the Progress 8 measurement, but from this new academic year it will be mandatory for all schools.

For Frog, it’s imperative to help our schools track progress throughout to be aware of where students are failing and succeeding on a granular scale.  It’s imperative that teachers know where the gaps are in students’ knowledge so that it can be addressed. A negative Progress 8 school will not only highlight poor performance publically, but schools falling below the floor standard will automatically trigger an Ofsted inspection.

If you want to know more about FrogProgress click here, if you want to understand how Progress 8 and Attainment 8 work click here.

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