I am learning / Frog Professional Development Events

I am delighted to invite you to attend one of our professional development conferences in Birmingham on Tuesday 7 June or London on Thursday 23 June.

Since joining the Frog family, you’ll have heard of the annual Frog Conference. This year we have two conferences. They are both focused on helping you overcome the challenges you face around assessment and achieving more with less resource. You’ll also hear how our schools are using technology in innovative ways to maximise school budgets.

In Birmingham we have Katherine Day from Castleton Primary School talking about FrogPlay and our Deputy MDs Mike Wilkinson and Steve Holt will be there to answer all your questions.

With major keynote speakers, the first half of the day is focused on helping senior leaders to balance the demands of a reduced budget with an increased expectation to deliver great learning.

We’ll help you to:

  • think differently
  • develop real approaches to take back to the classroom
  • create strong networks with your peers for continuous support

In the afternoon there will be a series of school run workshops to share best practice on how to get more from your Frog technology.

This isn’t a ‘sit and listen’ conference, this is a practical day to help you find the answers to the issues you face every day.

We really hope you can make it.

Book your FREE place here: http://www.frogeducation.com/frog16

Best wishes

Michael Wilkinson
Deputy Managing Director

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New GCSE quizzes

As you begin to get ready to start teaching your new GCSE courses, you’ve probably started to wonder about whether the I am Learning / Frog Play quizzes will reflect the new specifications. Over the coming months we will be reviewing and updating our content to reflect the new specifications. Once the specifications have been finalised, you will see content start to appear- you may have noticed that some subjects have begun to be updated already.
To make sure that we are providing you with what your students need, we are currently on the look out for subject specialists to help us get our content ready for September. If you are familiar with the new specifications and would like to help us review and update our content then we’d love to hear from you. We are interested in hearing from specialists across all subjects. Please email tanya@iamlearning.co.uk with your contact details and the subject that you would be interested in working on.
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Our new update is a real game changer

We’re really excited to announce the new I am learning and FrogPlay release. We think it’s a real game changer (pardon the pun). It’s the start of great things for Frog Play and I am learning so keep your eyes peeled for future updates.

The release is to provide extra tools as you enter the upcoming revision period. You can view the full release notes attached, but we’ve picked our top three updates to share with you now.

Click here to view the full Release Guide.

Curriculum Linked Videos: We’ve introduced videos for Maths and English exercises from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4. These short videos explain the main elements and are perfect for revision, independent learning, homework and even flipped learning.

The videos are only available in FrogPlay and Play customers will get them automatically. If you’re an I am learning school and want to know more about converting to FrogPlay just hit reply.

Mastery Tool / Auto re-set assignments: Our new ‘multi-setting’ tools for assignments are perfect to check students are retaining knowledge. They’re designed to support mastery and check long term retention. Assignments can be automatically re-set in a week, three weeks, three months etc.

Create your own exam papers: You can cherry pick questions from any exercise to build your own exam papers. We’ve removed the 20 question limit so you can choose how many questions there are in any exercise.Frog Play and I am learning have helped millions of students to improve their results year on year. We’re really proud of the new release and we hope you love it too.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, training needs or want to discuss I am learning and FrogPlay, please get in touch.

 

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The new primary school times tables tests

Learning your times tables has always been a crucial part of primary education but it’s even more important now. The Government announced that every pupil in England will sit a statutory, screen-based times tables test by the age of 11.

We’ve got it covered here at Frog Towers. We’ve written all the content you need to teach pupils their times tables and it’s now live in FrogPlay and I am Learning. Just search for ‘times tables.’

What we know about the new tests

As part of the end of key stage 2 tests, an on-screen check will be used to test all tables up to 12×12. The test will be piloted by 3,000 pupils in 80 schools this summer. The plan is for all English primary schools to use the test in 2017. Nicky Morgan said schools will be held accountable for the results of the tests.

Times tables content in I am Learning / FrogPlay

Since we heard this news we’ve written and updated some awesome content in our products and it’s live now. If you search for ‘times tables’ in I am Learning or FrogPlay you will see over 50 activities to help your pupils learn, use and apply their tables. Pupils will be able to:

  • practice multiplication and division facts for each individual table
  • practice multiplication and division facts for groups of tables
  • apply multiplication and division facts to solve puzzles and problems

These have been assigned to specific year groups as set out in the National Curriculum 2014:

Year 2 pupils are expected to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers

Year 3 pupils are expected to recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables

Year 4 pupils are expected to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12 (You will find separate activities on the 6,7 and 9 times tables and the 11 and 12 times tables within year 4)

What about Year 5 and 6?

As you will know, year 5 and 6 pupils are expected to consolidate, use and apply all of the tables so you won’t find any specific times tables allocated to them. There are a number of activities that will come up in a times tables search for years 5 and 6. These are flagged as relevant activities as they draw heavily on tables knowledge relevant to these age groups.

Also, any pupil can access activities allocated to lower or higher years as they (or you) choose. For example, if you had a year 6 pupil who needed to consolidate their 7 and 8 times tables they would be able to access the relevant activities from years 3 and 4.

How FrogPlay and I am Learning helps pupils with their tables

Immediate feedback: Pupils don’t need to wait to find out whether or not they’ve got the right answer. The feedback loop is closed immediately, giving pupils a chance to identify what they need to learn and celebrate what they know.

It’s engaging and fun: completing tables activities within the context of a game of will help alleviate some of the anxiety pupils have with maths. It adds a healthy dose of enjoyment too which creates a better mindset for learning.

Encourages independent learning: pupils can access this content in their own time and be encouraged to identify where they need more practise and where they need to push themselves.

Tracking progress: the reports help you track pupils as they complete and re-visit activities. You can see the exact questions a child gets right and wrong so you know where to intervene.

On screen: It’s helpful to get pupils used to working online as the tests will be delivered this way.

We’re very excited about this new content and would love to hear what you think. We’ll keep an eye on all announcements and update our content as necessary but if you have any suggestions drop us a line at hello@frogeducation.com

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GCSE English updates

Over the summer, our team were working hard to update and extend our secondary content for English and English Literature to reflect the new aspects of the English National Curriculum.

Whilst the content will still be relevant for students working on the old specifications, you will find that what we have available is ideal to support learning and assessment for those students sitting GCSEs from 2016 onwards. A large number of our existing quizzes have been updated to incorporate the new subject content and assessment objectives and you’ll find lots of new quizzes that have been created.

In English Language, you will find questions and activities focused on critical reading and comprehension; summary and synthesis; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; and comparing texts. In addition to this we have reflected the renewed emphasis on the more technical aspects of language: including knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, alongside the correct use of grammar, punctuation and Standard English. Our key stage 3 resources have also been updated to help prepare these students for the new expectations once they enter key stage 4.

In English Literature, as you are probably aware, we already had coverage of a wide range of texts. Many of these continue to be relevant and have had additional questions inserted to help your students to achieve the new assessment objectives. We have also introduced activities based on texts that we haven’t previously covered, across the range of high quality texts specified: Shakespeare, 19th century novels, poetry since 1789 and those from modern Britain.

We hope that you find the updated content useful and we’d love to hear any feedback.

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Bug Fixes – 27/05/15

Bugs Resolved

Below is a list of bugs resolved as part of the latest FrogPlay / IAL hotfix release. Customers will receive this update on the evening of Wednesday 27th May 2015.

[ARJ-930-35824] – Resolved issues with the MIS import resetting points for existing users.

[CMJ-386-37645] – When setting a new piece of homework you will now be able to successfully filter on the field “Key Stage” with correct results appearing.

[EJB-372-98083] – School Administrators can now view and reply to messages.

[HRZ-815-80287] – Resolved issues and the data results for quizzes will now be consistent when viewed in FrogLearn as well if directly viewed within FrogPlay.

[INS-222-32825] – Increased the size of the images that are used for answering questions so that they can be clearly seen by users.

[KLP-205-50968] – Resolved issues with the question type “Match the words and meanings” marking answers as incorrect.

[LPG-735-20251] – Teachers and school administrators will now be able to successfully reset student passwords. Please note that this issue only impacted FrogPlay standalone customers.

[QMM-854-32387] – Teachers and school administrators can now play games that are still locked from a student view.

[RQF-816-44333] – Text can now easily be added to the quiz question type “Match Pairs” (previously a problem in Chrome browser).

[SYS-902-30843] – When allocating an exercise to a group of students the “Finish” button will now correctly appear.

[VDY-155-37020] – Resolved issues with results page in quizzes duplicating results for quizzes that were less then 20 questions.

[VWZ-889-40580] – Resolved issues when a user incorrectly entered their username and password at the standalone login screen. Please note that this issue only impacted FrogPlay standalone customers.

[WNC-363-39789] – Resolved issues with some school instances duplicating users instead of linking automatically to pre-existing accounts.

[XBO-960-57667] – Improved the seamless integration between FrogLearn and FrogPlay. Quiz results will now display correctly within FrogLearn and FrogPlay for new students without the need for them to login into FrogPlay first.

[YYA-894-71135] – Resolved issues in the Chrome browser whereby the current users details were being populated when adding users directly. This was only seen with Chrome v39.0.2171.65 or higher.

Removed the mandatory requirement to enter a “Subject” when editing a class to add a student.

Resolved issues with the action icons (such as publish, delete) moving upon the mouse icon hovering over them in Internet Explorer. Please note that this issue only impacted FrogPlay standalone customers.

When duplicating a quiz from FrogDrive the quiz name, key stage and subject will now be pre-populated with the original quiz data instead of appearing blank.

As a school administrator when selecting Download CSV for reports this will now open in a separate tab within your browser session.

Resolved an issue with leaderboards not displaying user correctly if in the top 12.

Should a quiz be created with a key stage of “EYFS” this will now display correctly within FrogDrive > Quizzes.

Additional filter when using ‘Find questions’ to build new exercises from questions in other exercises. Can now specifically filter for IAL content banks only or community exercises.

Resolved issue with student notifications when teachers provide homework feedback.

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I am learning 8 / FrogPlay Bug Fixes and Updates

Our brand new release has proven a massive hit with both our learners and teachers. With improved functionality, brand new tools and enhanced reporting we’ve already made a huge impact.

The FrogPlay team wanted to keep you up to date with our next release taking place on 16th April 2015 for both I am learning and FrogPlay. We’ve fixed a variety of initial bugs which are detailed below.

I am learning 8 / FrogPlay

Improvements and bug fixes

Bugs:

  • [#TYW-960-21572] Support for 5 answers in multiple choice questions on iPad
  • [#WAV-591-89572] Manage class user lists for classes with no subjects
  • [#ZWH-662-65089] RM Unify single sign on issues
  • Homework creation screen height issue
  • Homework editing screen student selection issue
  • Quiz player Internet Explorer compatibility issue
  • Rowing game start button issue
  • Administration persistent filter issue
  • [#EFI-588-65442] Moodle single sign on redirect issue
  • FrogPlay with Frog Learn cookie message display issue
  • FrogDrive quiz loading timeout error
  • [SCL-898-85696] Exercise creation screen help text alignment issue
  • [RCU-355-20928] Quiz player categorisation type question layout issue
  • [UGY-173-29327] Teacher replying to student message issue
  • [CLD-518-77466] Higher or Lower game completion issue
  • [KNJ-448-42169] Picture multiple choice correct answer issue
  • [JZY-455-23158] Survey duplicating questions on edit issue
  • [TVP-343-60452] Quiz creation tool in Learn first stage layout issues
  • [SNU-287-14947] Class, form and group filter layout issue
  • [PBT-310-82364] Homework report tab design issue
  • [TVJ-994-48417] Default filter display issue
  • [TSZ-801-57126] Quiz player exit for short quizzes issue
  • [GRJ-681-17367] Quiz player correct/incorrect feedback screen design issue
  • Quiz creation tool blended exercises feature exercise selection issue
  • [PJO-184-57252] Feedback report downloading for an individual student issue
  • NGN FrogDrive quiz display issue
  • Teacher reports default start date is no longer 1/1/2014
  • [BSM-212-30516] FrogDrive unable to filter by quiz subject issue
  • [CMJ-386-37645] Homework tool key stage filtering issue
  • [MNW-751-94694] Exercises list icon layout issue
  • Administration theme support issue
  • [FPQ-104-51070] Privacy policy link for teachers issue
  • [PBP-862-92656] Manage users form ordering issue
  • [YWS-887-75603] Homework matrix report question selection issue
  • [NFM-108-76301] Feedback report linking to homework report issue
  • [NIJ-411-93420] Out-dated videos removed from student help section
  • [OBF-508-56630] Exercise creation screen size layout issue
  • [GXN-469-52606] Quiz player final question game data issue
  • [LOT-637-31141] School unlock all games override issue
  • [ZYB-785-26759] Current academic year filter issue
  • Teacher edit quizzes access control issue
  • [CRA-265-55550] FrogDrive quiz creation in ‘Not Applicable’ key stage issue
  • FrogPlay assignment creation page layout issue
  • Quiz exit screen design changes for large format screens
  • [KNT-286-22038] Exercise creation optional file upload feedback issue
  • [VEY-781-84341] Quiz player height tweaks for small format screens
  • [UOP-860-76922] MIS importer year ID issues
  • [UHM-134-84211] Administration analytics data issues
  • [MTT-535-35439] Quiz player Internet Explorer issue
  • [QQE-704-71094] Administration persistent filters issues

FrogPlay with Frog Learn

Improvements and bug fixes

  • Exiting a quiz students are now given details of their progress towards the Challenges (achievements based around the use Frog Play rather than the games)
  • Quiz creation tool help text has been clarified
  • Search bar layout issue has been resolved
  • Assignment creation tool custom cohort styling issues
  • Teacher Dashboard statistics text has been clarified
  • Teacher quiz builder design streamlining
  • Students now have access to the ‘room’ from I am Learning, their launch point to all of Frog Play
  • Teacher quiz builder question ordering issue
  • Assignment creation tool final panel layout issues
  • Teacher reports streamlining to remove unused sections and add in new ones including VAK and Feedback
  • Teacher view of leaderboards will now show all games
  • Teacher profile page streamlining
  • Teacher Dashboard usage graph issues
  • Teacher subject report breadcrumb trail issue
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The long awaited new version!

The new version is finally here…and it has been worth waiting for. We wanted to take the time to get the changes right and we think you’ll agree we have done.

What’s new:

  • Overhaul of the homework setting tools making it easier than ever to find appropriate activities to allocate to your learners AND explore which homeworks have been set to your classes.
  • NEW ‘exam mode’ where you can set activities with no games, no right/wrong feedback screens and an optional time limit.
  • NEW ‘quick create’ tools to make new exercises using questions contained in existing topics. Quickly create new exams, new end of term tests or easier/harder examples by combining groups of questions in other exercises.
  • NEW ‘subjective’ question type. Allowing students to answer longer paragraph answers and then see exemplar answers to mark their own. We then save their answers for teacher review and feedback.
  • NEW data analysis tools with the matrix reports making it easier to compare and contrast assessment data.
  • ENHANCED feedback reporting – feedback is an essential part of the system and is the main function we can prove raises attainment. Now with new reports showing what feedback has been sent to a specific child or all the feedback you have provided.
  • Lots of new content across all subjects and key stages
  • Even more moved over to HTML5 technology – All our new features are built to work on all devices and we’re working hard to move across our remaining Flash games. Your learners can now enjoy a much richer iPad experience
  • NEW ability to customise levels of the Red, Amber and Green thresholds for different subjects in your school (School admin function)
  • NEW message centre allowing you to see all the messages sent in the system with details of who sent them, times and IP addresses for full traceability if needed. (School admin function)

Whether you have IAL or FrogPlay the new tools are here and will be available to schools from 25 March 2015.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01302 859829.

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I am Learning Live

Well its that time again!

I am learning are out and about, showing you all the latest innovation and best practice is homework, assessment and teaching and learning.

BETT 2015

We are at the BETT Show today, on stand D100 (Frog’s stand). Mike and Steve are at the show all week – come and find us, or if you would like to book some time to see us, email hello@iamlearning.co.uk and let us know when you would like to meet. Tonight we are also up for a BETT Award, so fingers crossed for us in the Secondary Digital Content Award category.

Broad Heath School, Coventry
26th Feb, 3pm
Seminar for primary schools about how Broad Heath are enhancing teaching and learning in their school with games based homework, independent learning and assessment.

To book a space, email hello@iamlearning.co.uk or call 01302 859829

Yardley’s School, Birmingham
10th March, 12:30 for buffet lunch and networking
Seminar with Dave Pohl (Deputy Head Teacher) with hands on time afterwards.

To book a space, email hello@iamlearning.co.uk or call 01302 859829

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Content Updates

Keeping our content up to date is really important to us in these fast moving times of new curriculum. Over the last few months we have begun to make some significant additions to the activities that are available for you to use. As well as making sure that all of our content is aligned to the new National Curriculum, we have begun working on creating board specific exercises for GCSE to keep it relevant to you.

As we now approach 200,000 questions, here is a flavour of recent additions:

KS1: All of our Maths and English existing activities have been reorganised to match the new curriculum requirements. We’ve also added a range of new activities for these subjects and there are more on the way. (19 new activities: 17 English and 2 Maths completed already)

KS2: Our KS2 was one of the strongest we had but these have been reorganised according to the structure of the new curriculum and recommended year groups have been tweaked where necessary to help you match the higher demands. There are lots of new activities to support things that you may not have taught before so please take a look. (50 new activities: 7 Computing, 11 English, 31 Maths, 1 Science)

KS3: Again the existing activities have been reorganised and you will have started to see some new activities appearing in various subjects, with even more to come. (40 new activities: 20 English, 9 computing, 5 History, 6 Science to name but a few)

KS4: Our provision for KS4 is continually being strengthened. As well as adding a huge number of new activities to I am Learning, we have been working on improving the existing ones to make them more closely match the requirements for each of the GCSE syllabuses. This is ongoing work but we’re really pleased with how it’s all shaping up. (125 new activities: 1 Maths, 10 English Literature, 10 English, 16 Music, 14 Statistics, 17 Computing, 16 D&T, 19 Geography, 6 History, 6 Biology, 10 Chemistry)

We’d love to hear any feedback you have about our new content or if there are areas where you feel we could be meeting your needs even better.

What’s more, if you’d like to turn your hand to writing some content then we’d love to hear from you!

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