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FROG @ Calderstones School. Thursday 13 th December 2012. John Morris – FROG Co-ordinator. Owen Mayne – Head of ICT. What are we showing today?. How we started with FROG Our use of FROG as a front end for Pupils and Staff Google Docs and the integration with FROG

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frog @ calderstones school

FROG @ Calderstones School

Thursday 13th December 2012

John Morris – FROG Co-ordinator

Owen Mayne – Head of ICT

what are we showing today
What are we showing today?
  • How we started with FROG
  • Our use of FROG as a front end for Pupils and Staff
  • Google Docs and the integration with FROG
  • Integration with other 3rd party providers
  • How we’re involving parents with FROG
  • Ways we’ve ‘directed’ our staff into FROG
information about calderstones
Information about Calderstones
  • We are a regular inner city comprehensive school
  • Over 1500 pupils currently on roll
  • One of the few over subscribed schools in the Liverpool area
  • This building was formerly known as Quarry Bank School which had a number of famous faces attend including John Lennon and many others!!
so how did we end up with frog
So how did we end up with FROG?
  • As most schools in the country did, we started initially considered the LEA-supplied solution (Ramesys Assimilate)
  • We made the fortunate decision to ditch before we even started the initial staff training!
  • We went through all of the various ‘pitches’ from the VLE providers out there at the time.
  • The last provider we spoke to was FROG!
so how did we end up with frog1
So how did we end up with FROG?
  • FROG gave us the flexibility we wanted from a Learning Platform.
  • It gave us access to technology that the other providers simply could not match.
  • We had a ‘slow’ Internet connection (LEA supplied) at the time so running off a cloud-based ‘standard’ VLE seemed insane. FROG’s in-school server fixed that problem for us.
our initial t imeline of events

April 2009 – initial decision made to purchase FROG.

  • May-July 2009 – set up and installation of the FROG server and custom templates.
  • June 2009 – decision made by SLT to promote me to VLE Co-ordinator.
  • September 2009 – initial introduction to staff.
  • September-January 2010 – staff began setting up their resources/websites.
  • February 2010 – launch of FROG for pupils.
Our initial timeline of events
how do we use frog
How do we use FROG?
  • We made the decision to present our resources on FROG mostly behind website front ends.
  • Did not want masses of ‘folders’ like a old ‘intranet’ site.
  • Every department has one!
  • Initially built on the FROG supplied templates but nearly all departments now on new/updated sites mostly built by me in conjunction with departments.
sample of department websites
Sample of Department Websites

Pupils access the School Departments page to access the department sites:

owen mayne
Owen Mayne

Head of ICT

Calderstones School

how do we use it
How do we use it?
  • As a teaching tool
  • Out of school lesson support
  • AfL, feeding back comments & displaying progress
  • Setting Work (Classwork, Homework & Cover)
  • Differentiation
  • Improving literacy
how do ict do it
How do ICT do it?
  • We have our own web site in FROG
  • We break it up into Key Stages (3, 4, & 5)
  • Each Key Stage is broken into years or courses
  • Today we are going to look at KS4 Computing
teaching learning
Teaching & Learning

You can arrange the page in such a way that pupils can follow the lesson, either in school or if absent from home.

setting work
Setting Work

When complete, you can download the whole set in one go!

Work set

student view of set work
Student view of set work

Worksheet set

When complete, pupils can upload work back to FROG

assessment for learning
Assessment For Learning

Currently have two ways of displaying feed back to pupils, the first being via the Help menu with the Flight path as shown. The second being via the Blue and Red progress buttons:


This is given based upon pupils current assessment and clear details are given of how to achieve the next level.

  • One place for all (lessons, feedback, support & progress)
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Absent pupils have been provided for
  • Built in differentiation
  • Clear reasons for assessment
  • Clear indication of how to improve
  • All available for OFSTED to view
  • Difficult to identify any major disadvantages.
  • Setup time (initially setting up pages was slow, but becomes much quicker)
  • Bit of specialist technical knowledge needed for feedback section
google apps in frog
Google Apps in FROG
  • Google Apps for Education is free for all schools
  • Gives access to Gmail and Google Drive amongst a ton of other things.
  • A very powerful set of tools for schools to use.
  • Getting it integrated into your network for Single Sign-on/AD Password Syncing is quite complicated on its own
  • Getting your FROG server to do the hard work is a LOT easier!
google apps in frog2
Google Apps in FROG
  • Each pupil and teacher is automatically logged into our Google Apps when they log into FROG.
  • You can create and link to Google documents from within FROG itself.
  • We have had it installed and running since October 2012.
  • Main usage initially for us has been the use of Forms/Questionnaires.
forms in google1
Forms in Google

Very flexible and ideal for use in education where there isn’t the budget to be paying for proper ‘polling’ services.

i am learning www iamlearning co uk
I Am
  • Games-based revision and homework resource
  • Very highly regarded by pupils and staff
  • Can be purchased as a standalone resource
  • Separate username/password required normally
  • FROG integration eliminates that!
i am learning www iamlearning co uk1
I Am
  • Staff and pupils can just click the special button on their FROG dashboards:
  • They are then automatically logged into the IAL website!
kerboodle www kerboodle com
  • Online resources provided by Nelson Thornes.
  • Used primarily here by Science department.
  • Previous access was via another username/password before FROG integration was activated.
  • Increased usage as a result of the single sign-on.
  • Access is similar to I Am Learning via a home page ‘widget’ logging them into the site once clicked.
parents in frog
Parents in FROG
  • Main access for parents is via the Parental Engagement Platform (PEP).
  • Our usage of it is not 100% due to ‘technical issues’ with CMIS.
  • Gives our parents full access to Attendance information and shows them all homework tasks for all their children in school.
  • SIMS schools should have behaviour/assessment info showing within their PEP.
parents in frog2
Parents in FROG
  • Gives us an area to place materials for parents/guardians that are not ‘website’ suitable.
  • Gives our parents a better overview of what their child is up to in terms of homework.
  • Big logistical exercise for schools on how they distribute usernames and passwords to their parents.

We wanted to make FROG the first point of call for staff. So we made their FROG home page contain all of the important links. They can access staff email, ePortal, cover lists etc via this section.


The school has a policy of asking staff to set ALL independent learning tasks (Homework/Revision etc.) as a task on FROG. The task doesn’t have to be returned electronically. It just ensures there is a record of work for staff, pupils and parents to view.


We wanted to cut down on certain types of emails being sent round the school. We therefore ask staff to ensure that certain types of messages only be placed within FROG notices.


These have been very successful ways of engaging pupils and great for making FROG seem less ‘school’ related. We produce them for certain big events or major school trips. For example, our Year 7s go to Disneyland Paris every July. This year, we produced a website with a Blog built in which kept pupils and parents up to speed on events!!


Putting someone in charge of the platform gives it a better chance of success. Asking a single teacher to drive development whilst giving them virtually no time is asking for trouble. If you are spending £???? on a product, then try and extract the best productivity from it!

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