Now Frog’s gone all Star Trek!

Simon Nicholas from Ralph Allen School has designed one of his Frog dashboards to look like the computers on Star Trek The Next Generation (apparently it’s called LCARS).  Simon has submitted this site to the FrogStore for those that want to grab it (just hit the FrogStore app inside Frog).  Thank you for sharing, Simon!

Our guys liked it an entirely unhealthy way in my opinion.  I’m told they’re now working on a theme to replicate the look.

Click the image below to see a video of how the animations work.

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For those interested in how he built this, it’s constructed entirely in a single site using a basic fullscreen theme and used Photoshop to create the buttons. The animations are .gifs in media widgets and the menu icons are pictures placed in a text widget. Simples… But very cool.

Mobile Responsive Themes

Our latest theme has been tweaked to make it mobile responsive, which means it changes what it looks like depending on what device it’s on.

We’ve been able to do this on any theme for a number of years now, but for some reason not done it on the one’s that come pre-installed with Frog.

“Why not, are you stupid?” you may ask.

“Yes.  It appears so.”

I wish I had a better answer…

Here’s an example on a normal browser:

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And here’s what it looks like on an iPhone.  Note the little “burger” menu in the top right hand corner.

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Remember that you can build your own themes, what Frog looks like is completely up to you.  I believe there’s a bit of code that you can paste into any theme to make it do this.  To see more take a look at our Community Site – Mobile Themes.

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!

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?