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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.

Monday, 29 September 2014

New features for the Frog VLE and Hop In portal

Great news! The Frog VLE has been enhanced with new features. These upgrades have been designed to make our online tools and services better and more user-friendly.

Here's a quick overview of some of the changes that you will see the next time you log in to Frog with your 1BestariNet ID!

  • Better Site Management and Tagging 
  • Customisable Quick Launch menu
  • New Quick Assign feature to save time 
  • Customisable Site Backgrounds and five new Site Themes
  • Better Analytics and My Child's Work (for parents)
  • Resource Manager renamed to “FrogDrive” 
  • Pin-Point renamed to “Discover”
  • Layout tab in settings panel renamed to “Page”

We hope you will log in and try out the new upgrades for yourself, and we look forward to continue improving our platforms to serve you better.

Want more information? Check out our Learn Centre to download an in-depth guide about our latest features and enhancements.

Need help? If you need support with the Frog VLE, please contact our friendly 1BestariNet Helpdesk team at bestari@yes.my or at 018-7998787 for further assistance or information.

Want a sneak peek? Check out some screenshots below!

Beautiful new Site themes and customisable backgrounds await!

'Resource Manager' has now been renamed to 'FrogDrive' and has a new logo

You can now add new shortcuts, remove and edit the icons on your Quick Launch menu!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Program "1 Murid 1 Chromebook" menjadi berita hangat!

SJK (C) Keng Chee, sebuah sekolah kecil di Pulau Ketam, kini menarik perhatian ramai! Program 1 Murid 1 Chromebook yang dilancarkan pada 14 September 2014 yang lalu dengan sokongan FrogAsia, YTL Foundation dan YTL Communications telah menarik perhatian pelbagai institusi media yang utama! 

Bacalah hasil penulisan media di bawah: 

 Harian Metro
“...Memahami pelajar pada zaman sekarang mungkin sukar tetapi dengan teknologi ia mampu menjadi kenyataan. Misalnya, aplikasi seperti Persekitaran Pembelajaran Maya (Frog VLE) digabung dengan stor aplikasi Google untuk tujuan pendidikan memudahkan pendidik berhubung dengan setiap pelajar dalam kelas mereka.” 

Ketahui lebih... 

Utusan Malaysia 
 “Pelancaran Chrome Lab iaitu makmal digital 2.0 yang pertama di Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) (Cina) Choong Wen dekat Jalan Klang Lama, Kuala Lumpur sejak setahun lalu kini menampakkan hasil dan manfaat kepada warga sekolah tersebut. Penolong Guru Besar sekolah itu, Lee Man Jiau berkata sebanyak 54 unit Chromebook yang dilengkapi teknologi capaian Internet Yes 4G digunakan guru dan murid untuk berinteraksi mengenai jadual, kerja sekolah, menyemak kedatangan dan sebagainya yang di luar jangkauan bilik darjah… ” 

Ketahui lebih... 

 The Skop 
 “...Tan yang mengajar Bahasa Mandarin dan Matematik adalah antara 95 guru yang berpeluang menyaksikan kebaikan yang dibawakan oleh penggunaan Internet. Semuanya bermula pada bulan April tahun lalu apabila SJK(C) Choong Wen melancarkan makmal Chrome pertama di Malaysia yang dilengkapi dengan 130 buah Chromebook. Setahun kemudian, Internet telah menjadi sebahagian penting dalam perkongsian pengetahuan di sekolah itu.” 

Ketahui lebih... 

Adalah amat menggalakkan bagi kami di FrogAsia apabila melihat usaha SJK (C) Keng Chee mendapat perhatian dan pujian pihak media. Ini adalah satu langkah ke hadapan untuk masa depan teknologi dalam pendidikan dan kami berharap kejayaan ini juga akan mendorong sekolah-sekolah lain untuk lebih giat berusaha bagi mempertingkatkan lagi capaian pendidikan teknologi di kalangan para pelajar mereka! 

Ingin ketahui lebih tentang Program 1 Murid 1 Chromebook? Klik di sini!

Friday, 29 August 2014

Lucky students join exclusive Frog VLE Student Seminar Showcase!

Recently, 300 students had the opportunity to be part of the Frog VLE Student Seminar Showcase in Penang. These students were hand-picked by the Ministry of Education from schools across Malaysia and were given a chance to experience new and exciting ideas in the field of education technology.

Wanted: Student to love

This exclusive four-day seminar began on August 18th at Univeriti Sains Malaysia. The students took part in six workshops that were guided by the FrogAsia team. The students were so enthusiastic about learning, they powered through the workshops from morning until night without tiring at all!

The 300 students with their shiny new Frog bags!

In the workshop ‘Google Apps for Education’, students were introduced to powerful tools such as Google Maps, Google Docs and Google Search. Using these tools, the students teamed up and were tasked to put together a presentation about their favourite holiday destinations. The teams quickly got absorbed working together and enjoyed themselves immensely. A student, Faris, from Sekolah Agama Rawang said, “The Google Apps for education workshop was my favourite workshop because it taught me how to use all the features of Google Apps like Google Slides and Docs. I also had lots of fun working with my group.”

The students were also shown how Frog could boost their studies in the ‘Frog VLE Dashboard Designer’ workshop! The workshop guided students to curate useful learning materials from the Internet and to organize their dashboard.

Then, in the ‘Digital Storytelling’ workshop, the students were challenged to go a step further and make their own videos using WeVideo. They were tasked with creating videos documenting the festive seasons celebrated by Malaysians. This was no easy task as the students had to edit videos using unfamiliar tools - some for the first time. At the end of the workshop, the students were able to use tools supplied by technology to express themselves!

The students enjoyed the group work! 

The students were also showed how the internet can aid in their individual learning. In the ‘Skill Up’ workshop, students were introduced to DIY.org, a cool website that teaches you all sorts of skills - from from taking a pulse to making origami frogs! The students were really quick learners and were soon exploring other things to do on the website. We’re sure many future artists and doctors were truly inspired!

In a workshop called the ‘Hour of Code’, students were given a chance code a simple program. This gave the students a rare taste of what would be a highly-demanded job in the future. The younger students were tasked to code a basic game that guided angry birds at a pig. The older students were given a more difficult challenge. They used a more advanced program called ‘Scratch’ that allowed them to program a whole list of actions and animate an avatar of their choice.

A long day, but the students were still enthusiastic!

The students also had a chance to exercise their skills of imagination in the ‘Classroom of the Future’ workshop. Students were asked to brainstorm and then build the ultimate studying environment for the future! After their heads were filled with possibilities, they got down to modelling it with colourful plasticine, ice cream sticks and other materials! Many of their exciting ideas included wide screens and colourful study hubs filled with Chromebooks!

Most people wouldn't nod off in a class like this

The teachers weren’t left out either. They were shown how they could use Frog VLE to build teaching and learning sites to be used in their schools. They were then given the opportunity to explore Frog VLE and to create a site of their own.

On the third day, the students and teachers presented the fruits of their labour in a mini-conference called the ‘Gallery Walk’. The conference was attended by an extra 300 students from nearby Penang schools. A crowd gathered around the FrogAsia booth, where students had a chance to witness demonstrations of Frog VLE by teachers and students. The teachers took this opportunity to learn more about the Frog VLE from FrogAsia’s friendly staff.

Battling it out in Word Mania

After a big week of learning, a final ‘Frog Champion Session’ was held where students and teachers recapped everything they had learnt in the past few days. They brainstormed for ideas on how to apply all they’ve learnt to improve the possibilities and capabilities of their classrooms and schools! After hearing the vision behind some of the ideas, we're assured that the future of education technology is in safe hands!