Wednesday, 12 August 2015

What happened at Leaps of Knowledge with St Anne’s College, University of Oxford?

The 25th of July 2015 was a fast-paced and inspiring day. The Leaps of Knowledge Conference with St Anne’s College, University of Oxford took place at Garden International School Mont Kiara, and we had the opportunity to meet five hundred of you! It was an amazing chance for us to have been able to engage with the professors of the University of Oxford, and to see you interact with them too.

The day started off bright and early, and it was so exciting see so many of you ready to seize the day!

Students getting their wrist tickets for the morning's sessions.

The conference started off with a welcome address by FrogAsia’s Executive Director, Lou Yeoh, followed by an opening speech from our Second Deputy Education Minister YB P. Kamalanathan, who motivated students to apply to world-class universities. Dr. Robert Chard, vice principal of St Anne’s College, encouraged students to send in their applications, and Dr. Anne Mullen, Vice Principal (International) of St Andrew’s University, gave us an overview of how the university system in the United Kingdom works. She reminded us that education is about training our minds. “Not your mum’s mind, not your teachers’ minds, your mind!”

We couldn't wait for the subject talks to start!

With that, we kicked off with the subject talks! The passion of these professors for their fields was evident to all as they told us about their areas of research. Dr. Peter Judge left the audience with this piece of advice: “Be bold. Be brave—and make that application.”

Being brave and bold isn't a problem for Malaysian students!

The Oxford University Malaysian Club (OUMC) shared how each of them came from different educational backgrounds. From international schools to national schools, it is testament to the fact that an education at the University of Oxford, a world class university, is possible for those with determination. The OUMC student panel also spoke on what it was like to apply to and experience studying at one of the most esteemed universities in the world.

“Choose something you’re really passionate about.” We agree!

Also, there were some pretty amazing things taking place at the exhibition hall! A ten-foot trampoline called the Dreamcatcher and a replica of the Junior Common Room found in the University of Oxford formed part of the exhibition. There were also interactive Frog VLE demonstrations and a replica of the University of Oxford Shop where FrogAsia T-shirts, button badges, and more could be found! At the OUMC booth, the members of the OUMC played interactive games and chatted with students.

How high can you jump?

Prof. Chard and Prof. Speight then took the stage to explain what goes on during the University of Oxford’s admissions process. Prof. Speight reminded us that at the end of the day, “it’s not the buildings, it’s the people.” Following that, we had two live admissions interview demonstrations, where two current Oxonians demonstrated how an Oxford interview takes place. It was a showcase of the skill of critical thinking, as the professors wanted to assess if the interviewee is able to think beyond what is taught within the four walls of a classroom.

The questions sounded simple, but the answers might surprise you!

Later, Datin Kathleen Chew of YTL Foundation hosted an interview with Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Ali Redhauddin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Tunku Besar of Sri Menanti. He told us, “university teaches you how to think, how to question—to not take things at face value.” As an Oxbridge graduate himself, he emphasised that, “it’s important to challenge yourself, take risks, and see the world. But come back to your home later.”

Participants shared their opinions during the session. It was great to know that so many students wanted to pursue a higher education!

We look forward to seeing you all again at the next Leaps of Knowledge Conference on the 31st of October 2015! We’ll be having Cathy Davidson as our keynote speaker. She is a leading innovator of new ideas and methods for learning and professional development in the school, in the workplace, and in general everyday life, so remember to block out your calendars for it!



Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The University of Oxford is Coming to Town!

Hey everyone! Have you ever dreamt or wondered how it’s like to live and study at Oxford? To walk through the halls at the place where they filmed the Harry Potter movies?


In partnership with St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, we will be organising the Leaps of Knowledge Conference with St Anne’s College, University of Oxford on the 25 July 2015 (Saturday). This Leaps of Knowledge event aims to inspire and encourage students to aspire towards studying in top universities like Oxford.

Attending participants will be able to:

1. Have the chance to listen to the professors as they speak about the subjects that they lecture on in the University of Oxford.

2. Experience the University of Oxford’s Mock Entrance Interviews, and learn about the finer details of the application process.

3. Get to know students from the University of Oxford, as they will be speaking about their experiences studying in the UK, and life abroad in general.


Students wondering what living abroad feels like will get to satisfy their curiosity during the panel forum by Malaysian students currently studying at the University of Oxford (Oxford University Malaysia Club).

Those who want to know more about the subjects they will have to study at university will benefit from the  Subject Talks by University of Oxford professors.

For the students and parents who are interested in the application process for universities in the UK, this conference will shed some light into the application processes required to apply to the University of Oxford and other universities.

Don’t shy away from this opportunity to learn and explore the possibilities of studying at Oxford! More information about the conference and its subject talks can be found on the event website or our Facebook event page.




Tell us if you’re coming on Facebook event page and get the tickets from our website!





Sunday, 7 June 2015

World Book Month Competitions



For our World Book Month celebrations, we had a series of workshops with some very talented authors and storytellers!

The workshops had students exploring the worlds of Creative Storywriting and Spoken Word performances, and we were so curious to see all the Scrapbook Sites that you built. Here are the winners:

Creative Storywriting


Our winner, SK Haji Ismail, used Google Draw to illustrate their picture books! Their story was concise and creative; featuring a superhero conquering an evil coconut tree. We also noted that their Scrapbook Site was colourful and comprehensive and documented the students’ journey in experiencing the workshop from beginning to end very well. Congratulations, SK Haji Ismail team!


SK Putrajaya Presint 9(1) receives a Special Mention for their creative story arrangement and engaging use of first-person dialogue. Their Scrapbook Site featured students’ reflection and thoughts during the workshop as well as a behind the scenes look at students creating their picture book. Well done, SK Putrajaya Presint 9(1) team!

Spoken Word


Our winner, SMK Ampang Pecah, wrote and performed a piece on love at first sight. They demonstrated great teamwork and creative use of gestures and enunciation. Their Scrapbook Site was comprehensive, and students added links to their Site on articles written about real-life love at first sight experiences. Well done, SMK Ampang Pecah team!


SMK Majakir Papar receives a Special Mention for their beautiful and evocative piece on expectations faced by high school students. Their Scrapbook Site had the personal touch of each participating student, and it provided a description of spoken word along with examples of great spoken word pieces. Congratulations, SMK Majakir Papar team!

Did you see our announcement of the winners on our Instagram page? Be sure to follow us to keep up with our adventures in technology and education!

Keep up with our adventures on our Instagram page!

We are grateful to our wonderful facilitators Quek Sue Yian, and Sheena Baharudin; and to Pelangi Books, Magicbird Publishing and Evergreen Publishing for their involvement and support for our fantastic World Book Month this past April. Indeed, we are happy to continue to celebrate the power of storytelling and hope to inspire a love of books in children all around Malaysia.

What are you reading with your child or student today?

Thursday, 4 June 2015

MELTA International Conference 2015

We are glad to have been part of the annual Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA) Conference 2015, held in Kuala Lumpur from 1-3 June. We at FrogAsia were excited to support the conference which has long been a central gathering point for English teachers across the country. We met so many inspiring educators from our closest neighbours in ASEAN and from around the world, and have been moved by their stories of English language learning from every corner of the globe.

FrogAsia's booth at the MELTA Conference 2015

We felt that we were well placed to share our unique insights surrounding our journey in education technology and language learning. As all educators know, opportunities to learn from each other can seldom be passed on.

We are also proud to share that our sister company, YTL Foundation was honoured at the conference for their efforts surrounding English language learning across the nation.
It is with great pleasure and pride that I accept MELTA's 2015 highest award : Raja Zarith Sofiah Award for Corporate Social Responsibility in English Language Education on behalf of the YTL Foundation. The various programmes carried out through the Foundation including Word Mania Competition, Creative Learning and Information Technology Centre (CLiC), Leaps of Knowledge and Fulbright English Teaching Assistants all contributed to  the achievement of the Award. This is indeed a well deserved recognition of YTL's clear commitment to CSR in education in general and the uplifting of English Language Education in particular.
- Tan Sri Datuk Dr Aris Osman, Board of Trustees, YTL Foundation

Attendees and guests of honour of the MELTA Conference 2015 including FrogAsia's Head of Transformation, Elizabeth Lopez and Tan Sri Datuk Dr Aris Osman, Board of Trustees, YTL Foundation

Our Head of Transformation, Elizabeth Lopez had the opportunity to speak about FrogAsia and our role in connecting teachers and students across the country via the Frog VLE. Elizabeth spoke of the dynamic collaborations that have been taking place between different schools, both in Malaysia and globally. With our work through the Frog VLE and all our various outreach efforts, FrogAsia hopes to empower this generation to understand the importance of technology in learning. We believe that students will have the tools and the confidence to reach beyond themselves when they use technology-enhancing learning as stepping stones into the future.

FrogAsia's Head of Transformation, Elizabeth Lopez, a former English teacher pictured with the FrogAsia team and English teachers who attended her talk on Language and Learning

We also heard from the President of MELTA (Malaysian English Language Teaching Association), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ganakumaran Subramaniam.

“Our goals are the same,” he said. “At the end of the day we want to improve education in the country. That is our goal.”

We thank MELTA for this wonderful collaborative opportunity, and we look forward to our continued journey.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Holiday Homework Tips


Hey teachers! Are your students asking for Holiday Homework? If they are, here are some tips for you to make their homework fun and interesting to do! Why not head to the FrogStore and see what you can find there? Get them out of their boredom, have a look at these tips to make sure they spend their holiday productively.

Here are some tips for you to make these assignments fun and interesting to do! Holidays are adventures, so why not head to the FrogStore and see what you can find there? Get students out of their boredom: have a look at these tips to make sure they spend their holidays exploring the world of learning.

Take a look at these primary level resources in Science, English, Maths; and secondary school level resources in Physics, Geography, English Literature and Biology.

Welcome, friends, to Holiday Homework!


Here are some resources we have for you on the FrogStore:

Science:
Cycle of a Human Being, Primary 4

Extra resources that we encouraged for students to explore:
Build their own erupting volcano at home:

Here is a step-by-step video on how to make your own volcano:

English:
English Grammar, Primary 1, 2 & 3

Maths:
Fractions, Primary 4



Science:
Physics Quantities and Units, Form 1

A little extra reading on this interesting phenomenon:
Aurora Borealis & Aurora Australis

English:
Literature Component - Poem, Form 2

Biology:
The Importance of Water, Form 4



Image taken from SK Raja Abdullah


Image taken from SK Munshi

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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.