Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement, moving towards online reporting: Toolkit

Yes, all research does point to parents being able to have a positive impact on student attainment – it’s official. The Becta toolkit (published May 2008) outlines how parents can and do have a positive impact on their children’s attainment at school. It is all about how we can get parents more involved in this […]

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Data security – issuing credentials to parents

Was at a meeting today where I was talking to some colleagues and throwing some ideas around regarding parental portal. It struck me after the chat we had that there are a myriad of issues to think through regarding data security. The government has just released the latest interim report on data security/handling guidelines. Schools […]

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Forums

One of the most anticipated areas of the learning platform are the forums. To generate and perpetuate student interest and buy in to the Learning Platform from day one we wnt live with a small selection of forums, But before we did we made sure that we had students apply to be moderators, so that […]

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CONTENT IS KING

Have just been on doing some development work – generally I keep the student chatroom open when I am working on FROG in the evenings, so students can chat to me about FROG and how it is developing. Had some really interesting feedback tonight. 3 students, independently of one another asked when staff are going […]

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Governor Portal

The governor portal has been launched. All the governors were given a demonstration of the portal at the full governors meeting. The governors are pleased with the portal which is a reflection in their involvement in the procurement process. A good Q&A session was had – already governors were thinking quite creatively and out of […]

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Implementation Road Map

Have done a lot of thinking over the last week about how we will roll out the project to stakeholders. Currently looking at the following:   TERM 1   Initial Staff training – Training allocation from FROG to be used to develop capacity in the specialist departments (Maths, Science and Technology). Pushing for day 1 […]

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Implementation meeting with FROG

Have spent the last couple of weeks thinking about FROG sub-consciously most days. At every opportunity I have had, I’ve been scribbling notes on my tablet, recording voice memos on my phone and reflecting on ideas every night to formulate a vision as to what the Costello implementation of FROG will look like. We’ve tried […]

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Jumping with FROG

Not quite sure how much detail I can go into here about our own procurement process in terms of the 3 suppliers that were shortlisted but what I can say is that I am delighted that the college is partnering with FROG to develop our E-Learning solution. The decision went to our governing body and […]

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Remotely hosted solution or a local solution?

This is a question I often get asked about schools and I don’t think that there is a definitive answer, it really does depend on the context of your school and working environment/resources. Many authorities will cite back to schools that managing IT infrastructure is not core business within a school and as such is […]

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Procuring a Learning Platform

Having procured a number of E-Learning solutions – a LA, schools and more recently a 14-19 partnership. I thought I would try and share with you some of my thoughts on the procurement process – some of the pitfalls that I have encountered along the way as well as what I hope, are some some […]

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