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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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How to find out who is logging into Frog
Apr 5, 2020, 4:00 PM

With everyone working remotely, schools have asked us how they can find out who is logging into Frog. Here's how...

 

Watch our Analytics Application guide for FrogLearn to find out how to track user activity. There's lot of graphical data you can access to monitor trends.

 

  • To find who is logging in by individual, year groups and username take a look at the VISITOR LOG FrogCode widget. You can add this to any site and find out who is logging in!

  • The Analytics Application provides you with overall trends and you can combine this with student data to see more. An Excel template has been provided with instructions for how this can be achieved.

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Collecting coursework remotely
Apr 3, 2020, 2:51 PM

With coursework assessment still ongoing and the usual methods of feedback and collection in person no longer possible, some schools have been looking for an alternative way to collate this...

 

Whilst waiting for official advice from the exam boards, Mulberry School for Girls found their solution using the Assignment and File Drop facility to collect work from students.

Students

Receive the coursework and submission dates in their assignment menu so they can organise their work effectively.

Teachers

All work is collected through the Assignments feature and teachers can use the 'Download Files' option to download all coursework as a single Zip File. Individual student folders keep everything in one place, ready to send to the examining body.

 

A guide to File Drop

 

 

 


A guide you can share with parents to explain Frog Messaging
Apr 2, 2020, 3:14 PM

Many of our schools have been asking for a guide to Frog Messaging that can be shared with parents. For those new to Messaging, this is a feature we launched earlier this year that enables schools to communicate a message which parents can access in two different ways, via a push notification on their mobile device (using the MyFrog App) or by logging into Frog on a web browser. 

 

MyFrog App (requires a parent to download to their device)

Messages will appear on parent mobile device as a push notification.

 

Frog Browser

Parent logs into Frog using a web browser and messages will be indicated by an icon at the top right of their screen. 

 

As clear and regular communication is critical at the moment, we have provided a guide which you can share with parents to help them pick up school messages.

 

Frog Messaging - A simple guide for parents


Assignments - who is setting what?
Apr 2, 2020, 7:45 AM

You've told us that visibility is key when both students and teachers are working remotely, so here are some guides to help you!


Assignment Monitor

This application, which you can find in FrogDrive > Applications allows you to see which departments are setting work, week by week.  Assignment Monitor also lets you search for individual students, see all their work set and the marks they received.  

Learn more about Assignment Monitor

Reporting

The Reporting app is a useful tool when preparing for meetings. Heads of department can see which members of staff are setting work and be able to report on class hand-in rates.  You can run reports on students too, seeing counts for work set across multiple subjects and how much they are handing-in.

Watch this guide for more about Reporting

British School of Paris uses digital planners for teaching
Apr 1, 2020, 5:30 PM

The British School of Paris is a 1:1 iPad school, although lots of work was already delivered through Frog, they needed to think differently.

Keith Pearey, Deputy Head, created a new section on their Frog platform, with a site for each year group.  The sites have a page for each day of the week, and sub-pages for each period. Keith went through each class' timetable and added a noticeboard for every teacher. 

In short, he created a digital planner for teaching.

  • For a child, every morning they log into Frog on the iPad, they open this planner, select the current period and there is work provided by their teacher waiting for them. 
  • Teachers are free to use any resources they currently use within the school but from home.
  • SLT have a true picture of what each teacher is covering in every lesson!


Paris - planner

How one school helped structure the whole school day for students
Apr 1, 2020, 3:49 PM

School routine is important for both students and their parents, so how do you make a virtual school day work in reality?


One of our Frog Schools has gone beyond delivering transactional lessons remotely, they've transformed the whole school day! Assuming responsibility for their students from waking up to going to bed, in a bid to help them find structure in this new situation.

Using simple Frog tools, both students and parents have a routine to follow via simple timetabling of the school day, including breaks, just as they do within the school environment.

Here is an example of what they have created:

greenshaw schedule 1

 

greenshaw schedule 2

 

greenshaw schedule 3

 

greenshaw schedule 4

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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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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