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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

FrogAsia's Top 5 YouTube Videos in 2014

Over the Chinese New Year break, we jumped back in time to have a look at our Top 5 YouTube videos of 2014. These videos were chosen by the number of views each had. Some of them are also our personal favourites! 

To watch more incredible stories like there, subscribe to our YouTube Channel here: www.youtube.com/FrogAsia

Collaboration with Google Apps - A student's story 
Astory of a little boy from SK Sayong who discovered he could learn new things from his friends using Google Hangouts! 

Learning with Frog is fun at SM Sains Teluk Intan 
We traveled to SM Sains Teluk Intan to see how Ikmal and his friends get their homework done in the fastest and coolest way possible - collaborating anytime, anywhere! 

Word Mania: Motivating students to learn English with games 
Last year we had 70,000 students take part in Malaysia's biggest word-building online competition: The Word Mania Challenge 2014! It was an epic battle between students and schools from all across Peninsular and East Malaysia and we got it all on camera! 

Frog Connected Classrooms: Discover Careers Series - Computer Scientist 
Ever wondered what your ICT and Science lessons could possibly do for your future? Or what any of your school subjects are useful for? Catch some of the most passionate professionals we know, as they share stories about their cool jobs with schools from all over Malaysia on our Frog Connected Classroom series! 

Leaps of Knowledge with Julia Immonen, June 2014 
From being a handbag and makeup kind of girl, to rowing across an entire ocean for someone else's freedom, Julia Immonen's story has inspired over 1,300 Malaysian students and teachers to also take a stand against social injustice. Get a 4-minute peek of her talk held at Leaps of Knowledge in June 2014! 

To watch more incredible stories like there, subscribe to our YouTube Channel here: www.youtube.com/FrogAsia

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Learning the Art of Great Storytelling!

Over the last week, the FrogAsia team attended a fun workshop on how to tell better stories. Having good storytelling skills are useful, especially since there are always amazing things happening in Malaysian schools that are worth being told! The workshop was led by FrogAsia’s Marketing Communications team.

FrogAsia's Crystal talking about the facts that make up a story

In two fun-filled afternoons, the workshop covered the basics of crafting a story and how emotions are a part of great storytelling. We learnt how the foundations of every great story is built from facts that tell the “What, Where,When, How and Why” of a story. However, facts alone are not enough for a complete story. Emotions also play an important part in what makes a good story.

The FrogAsia team never stops learning

Everyone then had a chance to work in teams and tell a good story based on their personal experiences from working at FrogAsia. The story needed to be built from important facts and driven by the emotions they felt when they experienced these events. Many groups told captivating stories about the amazing teachers they’ve met on their trips to schools all across Malaysia!

FrogAsia's Victor Lau showing us how to bring our stories to life

Everyone in the team was inspired by the real-life stories being told and left that workshop as a great storyteller.

Crafting stories of our own!

We’re looking forward to hearing YOUR school stories as well! If you have a great story to tell about your school or teacher, write to us at hello@frogasia.com and we might just pay you a visit ourselves!

To get a copy of our Storytelling workshop slides, visit the FrogStore and download the file from the FrogStore's 'Documents' section.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Inspiring Over 1,000 Changemakers in Education at Leaps of Knowledge 2014

The second Leaps of Knowledge Conference held just last Thursday at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur was simply incredible! We had over 1,000 educators come together to learn, exchange ideas and be empowered to bring change to Malaysian education. 

Some of our special guests of the day included students from SMK Assunta, SMK Kiaramas, SM Sains Selangor, SMK Seri Bintang Utara and even SK Karak! 

They proudly displayed photos and stories from their individual #ForFreedom projects that they had carried out in the last few months after being inspired to action by Julia Immonen's world-record breaking Row For Freedom. 

Teachers were able to step into a whole new world at the FrogStore Zone where audio books and eBooks were on display at the Discover Corner and the Teacher's Desk was filled with teaching resources from our partners such as WWF, Prudential, and more. 

The Anywhere, Anytime Learning area in the FrogStore Zone even had a real swing set to show that with such great content on the FrogStore and on FrogAcademy, students can indeed learn anytime and anywhere! 

One of the hottest exhibition booths that day was the Frog Classroom. Teachers had the opportunity to experience what classes are now like at SMK Puchong's new classroom through live classroom demos by the teachers of SMK Puchong themselves

If all that wasn't awesome enough, guess who showed up at the conference?

The Google Street View Car! Participants had a real fun time taking selfies with this cute one-of-a-kind car that enables us to have 3D street views of Malaysian roads via Google Maps! 

Our keynote speakers were nothing short of amazing either. Julia Immonen retold her story of how passion can indeed bring change when you 'Dream it' and actually 'Do it' just like she did when she rowed across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness about human trafficking on a global scale. 

She shared the stage with two young guests, Fatini from SMK Kiaramas and Kasumi from Running to Stop the Traffik. Both students had the chance to speak about the waves of change that students themselves are bringing to international and local schools. 

"This conference is an opportunity for all of us to realise that change can happen and it starts with the one person they can most influence, themselves." - YB P. Kamalanathan. 

We had YB P. Kamalanathan set the tone of the day with his encouraging welcome note. 

"I'm with you, I hear you. I empathise with you. Let's make the change together!" - YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Madinah binti Mohamad

We were very honoured to have the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Madinah binti Mohamad and the Education Director-General of the Ministry of Education Dato' Sri Dr. Khair bin Mohamad Yusof as our panel dialogue speakers together with Group Managing Editor of the New Straits Times Press, Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid and Dr. Alice Wilder, Educational advisor, producer and writer for Amazon Kids, Nick Jr., and the Cartoon Network Project. 

One of the highlights of the day was hearing the true stories of change that's happening in schools from the changemakers themselves: Ms Tan Shin Yee (SJKC Choong Wen), Tn Hj Zolkaply bin Yunos (SMK Iskandar Shah), En Haris Abbas (SK Pendidikan Khas), Ms Sivajothi Arnasalam and Ms Pathmalosini Arnasalam (SK Jalan Selangor 1) and En Senathi Rajah (SJKT Ladang Bute). 

All of us at FrogAsia, YTL Communications and YTL Foundation along with the participants had a fantastic day celebrating change in Malaysian education. We're looking forward to see what ripples of change will happen in 2015! 

If you missed it, watch the video below to catch up and stay tuned to get speaker session recordings from the FrogStore! 

Snippets from the conversation on Twitter: #leaps14

Seeing secondary school pupils making changes it makes me wonder what can I do to make changes? - @catherine_grene

all in all an amazing concept. Students' world would b a much bigger one.... It's up to us, teachers. - @shereenkula

What an insightful conference.. Leaps of Knowledge 2014 Learnt a lot from workshops. - @NikFarulFadzil

Friday, 31 October 2014

White Cane Day with St Nicholas Home and FrogAsia

On the 18th of October 2014, FrogAsia together with  St Nicholas’ Home and over 250 participants celebrated  White Cane Day  with a short walkathon at Penang!

The walk begins!

White Cane Day is a globally observed day that is celebrated to remember the achievements of blind or visually impaired persons. The event in Penang was held to raise public awareness for the rights of all  blind and visually impaired persons to have accessible public amenities, equal education, employment and societal participation.

The walk covered six streets in Penang, starting from Upper Penang Road

FrogAsia’s Executive Director Lou Yeoh said that “We are a company that is all about learning and we believe in levelling the playing field by providing equal access to quality education through technology and the Internet. Our vision ties in perfectly with the theme of White Cane Day, ‘Access is a Right’, as it is all about giving the visually-impaired the same kind of access and freedom that sighted people have.” Note: Sighted people is a word that refers to people that still have eyesight - and is used by the blind and visually impaired community.

On the day of the event, the sidewalks of Penang were clean and free of obstacles, as kind-hearted store owners along the path thoughtfully cleared their storefronts a day before for the event! That morning, Penangites were greeted to the sight of a large excited crowd in blue FrogAsia sponsored shirts walking proudly through the streets.

The blind and visually impaired struck up conversations with their sighted partners

Each blind or visually impaired person had voluntary guides that travelled to Penang from all over Malaysia just for the event.. At the start of the walk, the guides and their partners quickly became friends and started chatting happily. Many guides were surprised to learn that their partner had in fact, been sighted before contracting a disease that robbed them of sight.

Pointers and advice were also given to the guides on how to lead and behave around blind and visually impaired persons. “Say step up to guide them over bumps,” one of the organizers told a participant as they neared an elevated walkway.

FrogAsia proudly sponsored their t-shirts!

“We were taught how to lead them and were shown what couldn’t be done as well. For instance, we couldn’t shift their cane or pull them forwards,” says Mohd Akmal Hakimm, a student from Universiti Sains Malaysia.

At the end of the walkathon, the crowd gathered at the FrogAsia booth,where the guides could play simple games with their partners. These games restricted the sense of sight, forcing participants to use their other senses. Blindfolded, many guides had the most trouble with touch, as struggled around a game that required the player to put together an certain amount of coins using only the sense of touch. Many were struck by how difficult certain tasks were without sight and were amazed at how the blind and visually impaired were still determined to live independently.

The FrogAsia team at the games booth!

Lee Cheng Imm, the organizer of the event thanked FrogAsia for their support in this event, and said, "We hope that we can organize a larger program next year and we hope more sponsors will come forward to help make it happen.”

Monday, 20 October 2014

SMK Puchong, a government school located at the heart of Puchong recently received a classroom makeover! A team from the YTL Foundation and Syarikat Pembenaan YTL (SPYTL) laboured through weekdays, weekends and holidays to change a tired-looking classroom into a modern, state-of-the-art facility!

Before the makeover

Everyone present at the launch was amazed at how beautiful and wonderful everything looked! The tour group included YTL Foundation’s Datin Kathleen Chew, FrogAsia’s Lou Yeoh, some representatives from the media and the volunteers that were involved in the classroom makeover.

After the makeover

The new classroom was refreshed with hand-made tables, colourful walls decorated with bag hooks and a polished wooden floor. Every child enjoyed the space offered by the hand-crafted wide tables that curved to fit in with other tables! The architects explained that the reason behind the curved tables was so the tables could be arranged into a spiral. This promoted collaborative learning, as the students could sit facing each other. Each table was filled with inspiring artwork and words of encouragement, courtesy of volunteers from SPYTL and FrogAsia.

Don't know an answer to a question? Google it! 
To make things better, the class had four air conditioning units installed. When the group toured the class, they were spared the discomforts of Malaysia’s hot and humid weather. Students will also enjoy the same cool comforts and focus better on their lessons.

Teacher Umaran giving a thank you speech

An oddity at the back of the classroom was a red punching bag. Apparently it was set up so that the students could release their pent up energy by doing quick exercises. 

But what was most incredible about the school was the amount of technology featured in the school classroom - every child had a Google ChromeBook! The school was also outfitted with a mobile Chromelab that provided a charging station for all 42 Chromebooks, including fast 4G Connectivity. 

Datin Kathleen was instrumental in bringing change to this classroom

During an eloquent class presentation by one of the school’s students, other students were attentively listening while browsing through the same slides that the presenter was using. The teacher said that this class was inquisitive and would often be seen checking up the dictionary for the words they didn’t know or searching Googling websites for further information on a subject matter.

Hard at work!

The tour group was extremely impressed when they found out that the students had just put together their ten-minute presentation on Google Docs!

As the group left, the students began joking among themselves, studying and using the their new classroom! We wish the students in SMK Puchong all the best!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Our annual Leaps of Knowledge Conference is back!

This year’s conference, themed “Inspiring Changemakers in Education” will have an exciting line up of keynote speakers, workshops and exhibition booths - all geared to welcome you into a new dimension of learning where world class teaching methods and tools are already making waves among schools in Malaysia!

Come and be inspired by local and internationally renown speakers:

Dr Alice Wilder 

Within the global education community, the mention of Dr Alice Wilder’s name will be followed with nods of approval and words of praise. An educational psychologist by training, Dr Alice is famous for pioneering many innovative and creative educational programmes for children.

Dr Alice has worked in many edu-organisations like the BBC, National Geographic Kids, Amazon Kids Original Programming, Speakaboos and PBS. Her most famous work however, is a highly-rated Nickelodeon show called Blue’s Clues, that teaches children essential problem solving skills in a fun and relatable way.

Jaul Anak Bunyau

If you were presented a map of Malaysia and asked to point out the district of Ulu Lubai, Sarawak, would you be able to do it? Fortunately, the rural location of SK Ulu Lubai did not prevent headteacher Jaul Anak Bunyau from building a bright future for his students.

Through perseverance, dedication and great leadership, Jaul Bunyau has led his school to greater heights, putting it in the nation’s 54 highest performing schools. In 2011, it SK Ulu Lubai was awarded the title “Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi (SBT) Kohort Dua by our Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin.

Alistair Smith

Alistair Smith is one of the UK’s leading thinkers in modern learning methods. This gentleman has made learning his life-long passion, and is experienced in fields of learning, brain development and nurturing high-performing cultures in schools.

The L2 Approach, a hands-on practical training process that develops independent thinkers is the brainchild of Alistair Smith. The L2 Approach has seen tremendous success and is adopted in over 1,000 schools. Alistair also originated the 5 R’s of great learning and developed the KASE method of curriculum planning.

Julia Immonen

Julia Immonen, founder of Sport for Freedom, is a bundle of energy and enthusiasm. Passionate in fighting the horrors of human trafficking, Julia once rowed 45 days across the Atlantic Ocean to shed more light on this international issue. Her organisation, Sport for Freedom, has conducted many activities in schools across the UK.

She believes that learning happens not just through academic means. Sometimes students can gain knowledge and a different perspective when they are invested in a cause they care about!

Hands-on Workshops 

Put theory into practice with our many workshops conducted by professionals in the area of education technology and modern leadership principles. Here, you can meet like-minded educators to discuss ideas, create friendships and share stories with one another! Click here for more information on our workshops.

Exciting Exhibition Booths 

Ever wondered what a real Frog Classroom would look and feel like? How does the FrogStore really benefit students and make life so much easier for parents and teachers? What are Frog Credits and how can you get exclusive conference freebies? Come and find out at our exhibition booths that each showcase the latest technological innovations in education with whole lot of fun activities in between!

More details: 

Date: 27 November 2014 (Thursday)
Venue: The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm (Lunch is provided)
Price: RM100 for 1BestariNet ID holders RM 300 for non-1BestariNet ID Holders.

Buy One Free One offer valid until 31 October 2014! 

  Click here to register today!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Another achievement for the Frog Family!

Frog Education has been named as one of the world's most innovative digital education companies! 
This latest achievement reflects our global commitment as a education company to introduce brand-new innovations that complement or enhance the learning experience for schools all across the world. 
Online news portal 24dash.com writes,
"The report was compiled by interviewing experts from global education markets, including teachers and a range of industry professionals. Frog’s approach and products are ranked alongside companies including Google for Education, Harper Collins, Microsoft and Pearson."
Innovation however, is not confined to the UK alone. Here in Malaysia, it is also FrogAsia's mission to transform our nation's schools through modern technology and to achieve this, we are introducing FrogAcademy in the coming weeks. FrogAcademy will have a host of new features, namely ability to assign revision work with question banks, an auto-marking feature for homework, game-based learning and the ability to create personalised avatars. 
Read the full article here.