As part of ICT in Subjects, my department is working with the Music department to create scratch games and/or animations with music and sound effects composed in CuBase. First lesson is to recreate the famous pong game in scratch. So, I set a Frog assignment (Quick Issue Work) to all five classes so 125 pupils could hand in their file to be scored out of 3 [0 = no file; 1 = struggled; 2 = complete with errors; 3 = complete] plus a comment. Below is a video of the marking process of one file. Frog is not very good at this yet. I wonder if Frog4OS will be any better at this. Frog4 runs on any device because it … Continue reading
Frog training is here again! We have three sessions over the two opening INSET days and then fortnightly after-school directed time for the first half term. That is a total of nine hours training time. There are a few questions I need to answer and this post addresses some of my thinking so far – your input is very welcome, be it to tweak what’s here or to start again. Questions: How to differentiate the training for every teacher? How to collate evidence of achievement? How do we best use the resources at our disposal? 1. Differentiation My inclination is to use SOLO taxonomy as outlined here by Pam Hook and here on a handy MentorMob. Here are my first … Continue reading
Frog has had an overhaul – a makeover – a rebuild – a redesign. Things retain their structure it seems but functionality looks to have improved beyond recognition. This means Frog could be really quite something – more than what I have come to expect of VLEs. Only a taster video of FrogOS has been leaked so far. I wonder if the learning tools underneath have received some treatment – that would make me very very happy. Even if not, the new code will facilitate much more innovative and potentially powerful learning tools than the old. 2 minute video from MD Gareth Davies‘ blog to tickle your taste buds: More to be announced at the summer Frog conference.
This morning we ran a three hour INSET introducing all 82 teachers to Frog. Planning for this session may be read about here. The video below shows the training materials developed to showcase Frog at the same time as providing learning guidance. The training was a success with many compliments and positive feedback from our excellent staff. Much praise goes to our lead learner Frog Champions (six in total) who led one classroom each. But it wasn’t perfect… Images of the resources used (click to enlarge, video at end of post shows more): Successful things to note: Videos were very well received; Video annotations with arrows and text were important; Sorting audio/headphones on all PCs was also important (all learners were … Continue reading
Following some thought about how best to design and present learning objectives and differentiated learning activities, I have put these two together. Layout 1 mimics the ideas in the previous post, putting the learning objective as an overarching aim for everybody with three levels of activity to support progression. Layout 2 builds on these principles, looking to apply an axis map between skills and understanding. The sole aim of the two layouts is to help learners orient themselves during the session. On this occasion the lesson is an INSET day for our new Frog learning platform. However, I am also trying to develop a method for designing and communicating learning objectives and activities for the ICT in Subjects project to be implemented … Continue reading