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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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Providing Extra Curricular Activity in Lockdown
Jul 15, 2020, 6:30 AM

When lockdown meant Kennet School couldn't go ahead with their annual Year 7 camping trip, the team came up with a creative alternative...


The Camping Challenge

Each Year 7 was challenged to try a number of 'camping' tasks such as, setting up a tent in the garden or making a den indoors. They had to cook camp food, try their hand at outdoor crafts, explore nature and much more. The concept was to recreate the experience as though the trip had gone ahead. Although their classmates would be absent there were some great family-friendly activities to share in.

"We also wanted to see the pupils' achievements, so set up a sharing page where pupils could upload "evidence" of their activities, enabling their teachers to comment on the pictures and help foster a shared experience."

Sue Busher
eLearning & Development Manager, Kennet School


The challenge has extended into the summer break but the site could be reused for pupils unable to go on future trips.

Safe Distribution of Exam Results Using Frog
Jul 6, 2020, 4:26 PM

Two Frog schools shared their approach to the safe distribution of exam results. 

   

Frederick Gough School & ePortfolios 

A large secondary located in Scunthorpe, Frederick Gough School has made great use of Frog ePortfolios to distribute individual exam results. The ePortfolio system enables the quick creation of a secure page (known as a Site) for every student across a year group. The school plans to add a results file to every student’s ePortfolio the day before results day. On the morning of collection, students will be given access to their page which will securely contain their results.  

 

Controlling Access 

Using the ePortfolio List widget a direct link to each student’s page can be added from the student dashboard.  The important thing to note is that each ePortfolio is private to the individual and the school is in control of sharing it. 

  

Finham Park School and FrogParent SIMS Linked Documents 

Finham Park is a large secondary school located in Coventry and they plan to use FrogParent SIMS Linked Documents to distribute their exam results.  SIMS can publish individual reports to Frog, which Frog displays using the Linked Documents widget.  These results can be published from SIMS as soon as the data is in the MIS.   

 

Controlling Access 

The results are not visible to students until the school’s Frog administrator uses FrogParent Manager to publish the documents.  By using FrogParent, the team control when and how exam results are seen by pupils. 

  

Note for Admins: 
To ensure students can see their own documents, make sure you have the preferences set in System Preferences. 

Like to setup something similar for your school? Get in touch and we'll talk over your options.

Greenshaw High School - RWL Series
Jun 29, 2020, 7:15 AM

See how Greenshaw High School in Surrey are using Frog's feedback tools to provide comment-based feedback and marking for students.

Captured by Adam Barnes in the school's Geography department. The video shows how he marks work submitted by students and provides them with enriched feedback using annotated comments and digital stickers. 

 

About the school

Greenshaw High School, in Surrey is a dynamic and ambitious secondary school with a vision to nurture it's students to help them reach their full potential. They use Frog in a number of innovative ways and have collaborated with our team to develop The Frog Academy.



How Greenshaw High School have been using Frog for feedback:


Watch video on Youtube.

Oak House School - RWL Series
Jun 19, 2020, 7:00 AM

See how Oak House School in Barcelona have made the transition to distance learning easy for staff, students and parents through their ongoing use of Frog.

Captured by Nicki Taylor, Head of Primary at the school. The video shows how the school have delivered engaging online lessons and structured their Frog platform to support the needs of the different age groups. 

 

About the school

Oak House Primary is a private, co-educational school, situated in Sarrià, in the north of Barcelona.. The school has been part of the Frog family for around two years, using FrogLearn and FrogPlay to create a platform that supports both parent and student engagement.  



How Oak House School have been using Frog:


Watch video on Youtube.

Identifying students in need of support
Jun 8, 2020, 6:45 AM

Whilst managing remote learning, many schools are finding it a real challenge to identify those pupils not logging-in regularly to access work and assignments.

Assignment Open Report

The FrogCode Assignment Open Report widget really helped the Kennet School solve this issue. This is what the school had to say:

“The Assignment Open Report identifies which pupils have unopened assignments within a specified date range. The report provides us a clear list of what the unopened assignments are and also which teachers they were set by.

Primarily, the school’s pastoral team use this tool to take a top-level view of all pupils, they can easily identify which ones are not engaging with remote learning content and put interventions in place to engage with them.

Additionally, this widget also assists the school in identifying those pupils in need of support such as, well-being, workload or access to technology.”

 

Mr C Ellison, Deputy Headteacher
Kennet School

 

About the school

Kennet School is an academy secondary school in Thatcham, Berkshire. The school have been using Frog for various functions, including running their public website in FrogLearn.

British School of Paris - RWL Series
Jun 1, 2020, 7:15 AM

Discover how British School of Paris are using Frog to create a Flexible environment, provide a Reliable platform, promote Order, and offer opportunities for Growth for their staff and students.

Captured by Keith Pearey, this is a two-part video series showing us how the school are helping their children to use Frog whilst at home. 

 

About the school

British School of Paris is a private school teaching pupils aged 3-18. The school has built up a strong relationship with Frog, creating a hub for staff, students and parents to access all educational resources and important systems.



How the school have been using Frog to:

Create a Flexible environment
Provide a Reliable platform

 


Watch video on Youtube.

 

Promote Order
Offer opportunities for Growth

 


Watch video on Youtube.

Finton House School - RWL - Virtually Finton
May 22, 2020, 7:15 AM

Discover how Finton House School are using Frog to create a virtual school environment for their staff, students and parents with a specific focus on ePortfolios.

Captured by Katie Cousins, the video below shows the school's ePortfolio system that allows for teacher feedback, student responses, demonstrates the breadth of work and also progression over time!

 

About the school

Finton House School is an independent primary school located in Wandsworth, London. The school has been part of the Frog family for a number of years. They are a progressive school who identify the right product and then properly implement it to gain the maximum benefit. 

Case Study: ISI say's we're excellent!

 


Watch video on Youtube.

North Lakes School - RWL Series - Interact and Engage with Pupils
May 20, 2020, 7:15 AM

Discover how North Lakes School are using Frog to engage and interact with students during the current Coronavirus lock-down!

Captured by Martyn Soulsby, this is the first video - in a two-part series - showing us how the school are helping their children to learn from home. 

If you’re a Frog school, it would be great to get similar videos from you to share with other schools.

Some are leading the way during these challenging times, but in truth, most are catching up. Let’s aim to get everyone on the front foot as quickly as we can.

As ever, if there’s anything you need from us at Frog to help you get the best during these times, you know where we are.



Capturing your clips
If you haven't done this before, one bit of software we've found useful is Flashback Recorder. You can send your clips to us in any way you choose - WeTransfer, GoogleDrive or simply upload to your Frog platform.


About the school

North Lakes School is a 7-11 school based in Penrith, Cumbria. The school has built up a close relationship with Frog. Through this partnership, the school have utilised their Frog platform to reach out and engage the wider community.

The Froggies Community Engagement



How the school have been using Frog to:

Interact with students

Watch a video created by Martyn Soulsby...

 


Watch video on Youtube.

 

Engage with students

Watch a video created by Martyn Soulsby...

 


Watch video on Youtube.

Personalised day plans for pupils at Finton House School
May 19, 2020, 7:45 AM

Keen to create structure for their pupils adapting to learning from home, Finton House School created personalised day plans to support the teaching and learning experience...

Personalised plans

Each day pupils login to a remote learning dashboard where they will find their plan for the day. The schedule includes links to registration, zoom lessons, tutor groups and Frog subject pages with pre-recorded videos and activities for the afternoon sessions.

 

FintonTimetable

 

Whole school content, for example assemblies, clubs & enrichment and Wellbeing sessions are embedded in timetables so they appear in each class's schedule.

Personalised links for 1:1 sessions, messages and resources from the teachers help pupils feel better connected. The day's plan also includes a shared folder with any resources requiring printing and a list of equipment the pupils need to have ready for the day.  

Connecting teachers with their class

To set up the personalised daily planners, teachers start with a standard template and edit to add their own content.

FintonHouseSchedule_Post3

 

Pupil ePortfolios

The school is also rolling out ePortfolios for each year group as a way for pupils to manage and display their work. 

FintonHouseSchedule_Post2


The clever Set Keyword Widget notifies teachers when there's something new to see and they have visibility of their whole class too. Feedback is given to the children in the comments, with children also able to respond to marking.

A pupil's ePortfolio is shared with their parents, so they can monitor their child's work and teacher feedback. For exemplary work, teachers have the ability to send an ePortfolio direct to the Headteacher for commendation at the touch of a button.


The Winston Churchill School - RWL Series
May 18, 2020, 11:15 AM

Discover how The Winston Churchill School are using Frog to teach multiple subjects during the current Coronavirus lock-down!

This is a series of nine videos that teachers have taken of themselves showing us how they are helping their children to learn from home. 

If you’re a Frog school, it would be great to get similar videos from you to share with other schools.

Some are leading the way during these challenging times, but in truth, most are catching up. Let’s aim to get everyone on the front foot as quickly as we can.

As ever, if there’s anything you need from us at Frog to help you get the best during these times, you know where we are.



Capturing your clips
If you haven't done this before, one bit of software we've found useful is Flashback Recorder. You can send your clips to us in any way you choose - WeTransfer, GoogleDrive or simply upload to your Frog platform.


About the school

The Winston Churchill School is a secondary comprehensive school based in Surrey, has a long-established relationship with Frog. Through this close partnership, many positive changes have emerged with all stakeholders much more engaged in teaching and learning.



How the different departments at the school have been using Frog:


Science

Watch a video showing how M North is using Frog to teach students Science.

 


Watch video on Youtube.

 

Music

Watch a video showing how C Drake is using Frog to teach students Music.

 


Watch video on Youtube.

 

Maths

Watch a video showing how J Ray is using Frog to teach students Maths.

 

 

Watch video on Youtube.

 

Physical Education

Watch a video showing how A Daniels is using Frog to teach students Physical Education.

 

 

Watch video on Youtube.

 

English

Watch a video showing how G Collins is using Frog to teach students English.

 

 

Watch video on Youtube.

 

Computer Science

Watch a video showing how D Falleiro is using Frog to teach students Computer Science.

 

 

Watch Computer Science video on Youtube.

 

Geography

Watch a video showing how S Harris is using Frog to teach students Geography.

 

 

Watch Geography video on Youtube.

 

Film Studies

Watch a video showing how N Parsons is using Frog to teach students Film Studies.

 

 

Watch Film Studies video on Youtube.

 

Design Technology

Watch a video showing how A Lighton is using Frog to teach students Design Technology.

 

 

Watch Design Technology video on Youtube.

How you can get involved…

Frog schools are doing amazing things already, which is why we will be asking you to help us help the schools that need it. If you’ve got something useful to pass on then please send it to us so that we can include it on here for others.


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