Powerpuff Frog

A few schools have started playing with the new Frog Code stuff.  As you probably know, Frog has been built in a particularly funky way that allows you to access or change pretty much any aspect of it.

A few schools have started redesigning the usually quite boring black bar across the top of the screen.  Here’s the weirdest so far:


If you want to see how to do this kind of thing yourself, then check out the Frog Forums here.  As always, thank you very much to everyone that’s in there sharing what you’ve learned with others.

Frog at BETT 2016

Some big things for us to talk about at BETT this year.

  1. Frog Code is born, making Frog Learn by far the most powerful learning platform available anywhere.  If you’re the kind of person that likes to push the boundaries then ask someone on our stand to show you the Frog Code Integrated Development Environment.  I’m saying no more – it’s a genuine game changer…
  2. Frog Progress is changing the way assessment is done, teaching is done and learning is done.  And we’re now starting to see comments in Ofsted reports that agree with us.  We are still at the beginning of this journey but the opportunity not just on the front lines of it.

As you know Frog have won Company of the Year twice in the past three years, and this year we’re up for another 3 BETT awards.  To be honest, I’m not expecting us to win Company of the Year again, they can’t keep giving it to the same company, can they?  But hopefully we’ll walk away with another trophy for our cabinet.

If you’re already part of the Frog family then please come along to La Barrique Wine Bar and Café near the west entrance to ExCel.  We’ll be there from 11am until 4pm and there will be a free lunch for all our customers. You can book appointments, chat to schools or Frog experts and listen to some short customer presentations. Find out more here.

And there’s more!  Friday has become Frog Friday.  We have speaker sessions from both Alistair Smith and Mick Walker. Alistair will be presenting on Change Management and the seven steps of change, and Mick Walker is talking about Life After Levels, giving some much needed  advice on how to deal with the removal of national attainment levels and putting assessment back at the heart of teaching and learning. Then Alistair rounds up Frog Friday with his talk on World Class Education. He defines what world class education is and how it can be achieved – he even sings a bit of Les Miserables. It’ll be an awesome day so if you’re at Bett make sure you stick around for Frog Friday.

And we’ve taken a bit of a gamble with the stand this year.  I’m told it’s being made by the same people that did Lady Gaga’s stand and it’ll be very different to anything you’ve seen at Bett before; and we all get to find our next week whether it looks awesome, or just plain silly…

See you at stand D140 – here’s a sneaky peak…


Frog shortlisted for 3 BETT awards again!

Bett Awards 2016

I believe there were more entries than ever before this year, so we feel really proud to have been shortlisted for all the categories that we entered.

Thank you to each and every one of you at Frog for your hard work again this year.  The vision we’ve held for the past few years is now starting to come to fruition and we have a few very exciting years ahead of us!

The awards we’ve been shortlisted for are:

  1. ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching and Assessment – Frog Progress
  2. Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources – with our partners, The National Theatre
  3. ICT Company of the Year (over £3m turnover)

I’m really looking forward to the awards, and I hope that the fact we’ve won Company of the Year twice in the last three years isn’t held against us!

Frog Forums getting jiggy

Forgive the constant blogs recently, but I’m excited about what’s going on in our new Community Forum.  It’s been live for a while but has suddenly started getting a lot more attention (thanks to Graham Quince and the new Frog Code stuff)

There were 67 people online at the same time today (not sure how to find out how many people are logging in every day)

If you want to take a look yourself, head off to: http://frogcommunity.com/ and check out the forums.

Frog Code rules!


I also understand there was a “meet, share and learn” in London yesterday and someone there shouted out asking “when can we have a gallery widget”?

Graham responded with, “funnily enough I built one of those using Frog Code last week”.  Two schools have since got his bit of code and are now running it on their Frog box. No devs required!

Did I mention that Frog Code rocks?!

Schools racing ahead with Frog Code already!

We’ve spun a new Frog Forum up recently and I wanted to show you a link to one specific post where someone wanted to embed a PDF into a site and has received loads of responses of how to achieve this, many using Frog Code to achieve it.

Not suggesting you read it all but it’s worth a scroll down to see just how sophisticated some schools are already.


Thank you to John, Eric and everyone else that responded to this and many other posts

Personally, I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to see what you start doing once you start tinkering with the full Frog APIs, and the Frog Code IDE that’s nearly with you!

By ‘eck – Frog Code already !

I discovered last week that the guys and gals have already built a prototype IDE, the first part of which goes out in the next release !  How come I’m always the last to find out ?!

Who should read this?

This is for folks that know how to program, we’re thinking anyone from “enthusiastic amateur” to “professional programmer”.  This is not for teachers, and this is not for “Huggy”.

That said, if you don’t program it’s worth knowing that if someone in your school does then this gives them the freedom to do whatever they want using Frog. As far as I can tell, no limits. We’re also seeing schools sharing little snippets of stuff between themselves already that creates new functionality for your Frog, which is fantastic!

Here’s a few screen grabs:

Frog Code

A “snippet” is a single chunk of code that can be accessed from anywhere in the system, what might more usually be called an include file.  Scripts can be created in both JavaScript and Python.

Frog Code - Snippet

The Reports section shown below is the first bit out of the gate, available in the next release as a beta to anyone that wants to have a play!

This area has full access to the FDP (Frog Developer Platform) APIs. It also has a full set of APIs for grabbing the report parameters without you having to code loads of stuff, so if you want to choose a class of students, just tell it that and it’ll sort it out for you. Finally, there is a full set of graphing and charting APIs available so you can create all sorts of funky presentations.  We’re hoping that the first release in 2016 will also allow these reports to be embedded within a widget, so you’ll be able to build your own full dashboard, showing whatever you want however you want it.

Frog Code - Reports

If any errors exist in the code there’s also an error flag (red x) and a warning flag (yellow triangle) that show up as you’re typing.

It’s also possible to pop open a diagnostic panel where you can type commands directly, or even call individual Frog APIs and see the schema that comes back.  Below we are looking at the return for the getUser API.

Frog Code - Inline

So whether you want to extend Frog in some way with your own widgets, modify Frog (you could change the presentation of FrogOS itself using this if you really wanted to), bolt in third party systems including single sign on, or even give the children a safe sandbox to learn to program in, Frog Code will cover it.


Yes.  Opens the door to a whole new world of Frog…

Surprised it’s here already?

Me too…