Awesome christmas card came into Frog today…

Thank you Simon, from the Radclyffe School, this is awesome !

Card

Can you please circulate amongst all of your wonderful colleagues at Frog HQ – Some of whom we work with on a regular basis but don’t have an email address for!

Thank you all for your wonderful help, advice and continued support! Oh and all the awesome freebies too!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Simon and the VTLE Team @ The Radclyffe School J

Meet your Product Managers

With a 74 strong development team, we’ve found it increasingly difficult to keep this animal fed with the right things.  So we’ve made a significant investment into a dedicated product management team of 5 people.

These people are the link between you and the software development team.  More than that, we now no longer have an overall development manager, the development team has been broken in to 7 separate teams and these teams now report directly into the product managers.  We’ve essentially built 7 small, nimble development teams instead of one big and unwieldy one.  Many of you may have already noticed the benefits of this, we certainly have, we’re building things loads faster!

Graham Thorpe (Frog Learn and Frog Developer Platform)
Graham

Graham was a customer of Frog before he joined us and so his approach is very much based on the schools point of view. He regularly meets customers through our Meet, Share and learn events to keep himself abreast of what the teachers, techies and partner need from Frog.

Askhar Ali (Frog Learn)
Askhar

Ashkar works alongside Graham on Frog Learn, with a particular focus around the modules within Frog Learn, such as Frog Feedback and Frog Parent.

Ramsey Al-Chalaby (Frog Progress)
RamseyRamsey is currently looking after the new Frog Progress product, a brand new development set to launch in early 2015.

All these gentlemen are managed by our two Product Directors, Mike Wilkinson and Steve Holt, who both have a very hands on role, working directly with customers and defining the products that we build.  Both Mike and Steve are members of the Frog Board and have a huge amount of influence over the business.

Mike Wilkinson (Frog Learn) and Steve Holt (Frog Play and Frog Progress)
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Our team can be reached directly on 01422-250800, or via their e-mail addresses (forename.surname@frogeducation.com)

Frog Juice…

Someone sent me this the other day…

LIMA, Peru — Frogs from Peru’s Lake Titicaca are the main ingredient in a juice blend that some Andean cultures believe has the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive.

Frog JuiceTo make the mix, which is sold in Peru’s Andes and also at some stands in its capital Lima, vendor Maria Elena Cruz grabs a frog from a small aquarium then kills it by beating it on the counter of her stand.

She peels off the skin and drops it into a blender with carrots, the Peruvian maca root and honey.

Full article here: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/blended-frog-juice-a-popular-peru-elixir/ar-BBesuHV?ocid=UP94DHP

On the first day of Christmas Frog sent to me…

Every day for the next 12 days will be giving away a free classroom resource or piece of content to schools as early Christmas gifts. We are working alongside some amazing partners including Education City, Britannica and Night Zoo Keeper to name a few.

The link to keep an eye on is – http://www.frogeducation.buzz/AdventCalendar.html

On the first day of Christmas, Frog sent to me...

Huge Frog upgrade coming soon !

As some of you know over the past year or so we’ve been naming our versions of Frog after cool people from history.  The next version of Frog is called the Whittle release, after Sir Frank Whittle.

Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS (1 June 1907 – 9 August 1996) was a English Royal Air Force (RAF) engineer air officer. He is credited with single handedly inventing the turbojet engine.


Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS
(1 June 1907 – 9 August 1996) was an English Royal Air Force (RAF) engineer air officer.
He is credited with single handedly inventing the turbojet engine.

Our last release was in July of this year, and you should see how much we’ve done since then!  We have more than 70 people in our software development team, and for the last couple of years they’ve spent much of their time putting the “foundations” in to Frog.  While I won’t bore you with the details, as many of you know Frog’s product design mentality, what you can see on the surface is only a fraction of what’s possible once you understand what’s going on underneath the skin (two cars might look the same from the outside, but under the skin one happens to be a World Rally Car, while the other might just be a normal road car, with an oil leak… ;0)

All this inner magic is now mostly completed, and this means that we’ve now started to be able to use the huge development resources we have to focus entirely on things you can see rather than the hidden magic under the hood.  The Whittle release will give you an idea of just how far forward we can go now in a short space of time.  As you can tell, I’m dead excited about the speed and momentum that Frog have at the moment!

I’ll drop a few screenshots on here over the coming days, but here’s a small taster:

  • completely rebuilt assignment manager (for issuing work, marking work, communicating with the students and giving formative feedback)
  • a brand new mark book (for assessing performance and progress)
  • new apps in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store (giving you access to EVERYTHING in the Frog system from tablet devices)
  • a brand new Frog Snap mobile application for both iOS and Android devices (now records video, allows live editing of images, and also provides tools for annotating feedback on work instantly)
  • huge improvements to the text widget in the site editor (allowing you to create sophisticated web sites, or even build your own learning platform within a site!)
  • massive improvements to sites (particularly around using sites as publicly facing websites and portals)
  • huge improvements to Frog Drive (enabling shared workspaces, collaboration, a funky new interface and loads more)
  • ability to mass import data from other systems (zip up your existing document structure and fire it straight in to Frog in one go!)
  • Whole new Frog Parent product now available for Frog Learn
  • Whole new Frog Secure Gateway product now available for Frog Learn
  • And the FDP (Frog Developer Platform) has finally been launched and training has started, enabling you to get under the hood of Frog yourself and bend it and shape it any way that you want, including integrating or even building your own applications and mobile apps!

Is that everything?  Nope…there’s loads more stuff in this release

Is this what we’ll be showing at the Bett show?  Nah, there’ll be another release nearing completion by then!

Am I excited at how quickly things are being developed right now?  Damn right !  Are you?