March 1st our Frog champions completed two days of Frog training. I had also done one day of Frog Architect training. So, what do I think of Frog now I have dipped my toe in it’s inviting water?
So, how does Frog work? It has a three-pronged attack as far as I can deduce at the moment.
1. Static web pages scaffolding content of your choice that will remain the same until you choose to update them.
2. Assignments set through quick issue or via more complex lesson plans which I believe are being redeveloped as learning activities to bypass the traditional lesson plan style structure teachers roll out for special occasions.
3. Workspaces. These are a recent development that exploit the social networking features of the platform. Essentially a workspace automatically creates something akin to a facebook group. In reality this is a window with a tabbed folder in it that the teacher can customise each tab. But the first tab generated is a wall-like page where informal chat can be posted by members only. The other tabs can be set to contain videos, links, webpage embed, text, images and all other frog resources like forums or widgets. The concept here is a conversation space that would stay live whilst you had reason to be communicating with that group of people. Class or club or team.
There are many more elements to Frog that might be of interest to teachers and learners. I will write about those later. It’s not all good news unfortunately. What I am trying to grasp here is a structural methodology for how users will utilise Frog in their daily school workflow.
Any current Frog users reading this might enrich the post via the comments to let me (and other readers) know about other techniques for teachers to employ. Things I have missed. Cool tools/strategies? Link back to your blogposts or videos. The more we share, the better we are.