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Recent events have caused schools around the world to find changes in the way they work.


For many Frog schools, moving to a virtual school model of operation is nothing new. Frog works with schools around the world and our community has encountered closure through everything from natural disasters, to severe weather patterns and even social upheaval.

Business continuity planning means not just finding new ways to facilitate learning but finding ways to keep the whole school running. Here we are sharing some of the ways in which schools use Frog to carry on with business when the world closes down...

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Setting work across a whole year group
Mar 31, 2020, 2:26 PM

Using Markbook to create and set homework for every class in a year group.

The Head of Computing at Mulberry School for Girls wanted to be able to set homework for the whole year group, but was concerned that in doing so, his teaching team would not have a feasible way to mark the assignments.

This problem is easily solved by using the Frog Markbook.

The Markbook saves time when setting and marking work because one teacher can assign work across the whole cohort and each individual teacher can asses their own classes. It also gives a picture of everything a student has been set, which is useful when trying to control their workload at home.

 

Here's a useful guide to Frog Markbook:

 

A guide to Markbook

 

Record all Homework Activity

  • Assignment hand-ins and non-submissions for online and offline homework.
  • Late but completed submissions.
  • Non-completion due to absenteeism.

 

Share Resources

  • Search homework content within mark books to reuse/duplicate and share assignments.
  • Set assignments across whole departments enabling the same piece of homework to be set for all classes.

 

Gain Insight

  • Full online overview of how each child is progressing in your class with export to .csv option.
  • View reports by class, student or subject - ideal for parents evenings!

 

Simplified Marking

  • Mark work online and keep a record of student grades in the Markbook (supports multiple marking schemes).
  • Highlights status of current grades against target grades.

 

Setting time limits on student work in FrogLearn
Mar 30, 2020, 2:28 PM

How to set time limits on student work in FrogLearn.

For schools, not being able to get the usual visual cues as to how pupils are faring means it can be difficult to find the right work-balance for everyone. Teachers at Ellesmere College were busy setting quizzes for their students through Frog but had a concern about maintaining healthy levels of interaction and asked us if they could limit screen time as a way to manage it.

In FrogLearn Assignments there is a handy setting for this, which can be enabled with every new assignment that contains a self-marking quiz. You can set an overall limit on the exercise and/or a time limit on individual questions in a quiz.

 

How to set a time limit on assignment work in FrogLearn

 
At secondary level, where a consistent structure can help students to plan their day, especially with children home learning, many schools are setting timetable expectations at a higher level.

As per this example shared by Whalley Range High School...

Whalley Range High – Setting expectations

Teacher and student wellbeing
Mar 27, 2020, 3:41 PM

Routine can be reassuring in times of change, something that the team at Greenshaw High has recognised.

This week all of their students have had work set for them on Frog, providing them with a completely structured day. They have used the VISITOR LOG widget to check that all students are logging in and accessing resources in the right way,

This forward planning has enabled the teachers to get a week of prep time, ready for post-Easter break teaching.

Additionally, the school has created a wellbeing portal, providing friendly advice and guidance for staying fit and healthy. Greenshaw High has kindly shared this content with us, so it may be adopted by other Frog schools:

 

Staff Wellbeing

 

Benefits of approach

  • Providing a consistent structure for daily home learning
  • Relieving teachers for a period to be able to catchup
  • Helps create some normality for everyone
  • Checks on logins help the school identify disengaged students
  • Wellbeing portal provides advice and guidance for all to use and adopt.

The Frog Blog
Mar 27, 2020, 2:35 PM

The school shutdown has brought upon schools an instant need to change the way they work.

We have many guides and videos of how to use Frog in our community pages, but schools are also asking us for help with other things.  So far this has included using Frog to support many areas of school life, including setting work for students, structuring the school day, involving parents in supporting their child at home, keeping the school community going and even supporting wellbeing and safeguarding.


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