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!

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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! 




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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.”