Once again I am breaking the editorial guidelines for this blog. This post isn’t a tip, trick, useful software or hardware. Last time I did this was in 2012, so I think I’m allowed one every three years.
After 12 years of working for Cramlington Learning Village, I’ve moved on.
I’m thrilled to announced that I am joining FrogEducation as their Technical Customer Advocate. My role is to work for and with Frog schools to help them get the most out of their platform.
I’m a huge fan of Frog, it has twice transformed CLV. We embraced the concept of a VLE when we first bought Frog in 2008, creating a VLE which allowed teachers to push information to students and interconnect all our resources. This was only 4 years after Facebook was founded, 3 years after YouTube, online learning was barely a concept in most UK schools. Cramlington already had an intranet, containing hundreds of lesson plans – but this was a resource for teachers. Frog3 flipped that by bringing our students online in a safe and secure portal.
In 2014, we upgraded to FrogLearn (still using Frog3 to manage it – recommended for upgrading schools at the time – I don’t know if that’s still the case). The effect was again transformative. Frog3 (as good as it is) made lesson creation a slow process. FrogLearn makes lesson plan writing easy. Our staff (sorry, CLV’s staff) seem to have overwhelmingly embraced this, each writing dozens of lesson plans – last count was 3500 sites (1000 more since I spoke at Frog15). These lesson plans sit within FrogDrive, but I helped created a department structure to aid in organising them and recreated the Accelerated Learning template first introduced to Cramlington in 1997 with the help of Alistair Smith.
You can watch me talk about it at Frog15:
It’s this experience and knowledge I hope to bring to all Frog schools and while I leave behind good friends and dedicated colleagues at CLV, I can’t wait to start!