“The Frog VLE is an very convenient platform that allows for easy sharing of content and materials for teaching and learning. Students who are absent can easily access Sites that teachers have created to refer back to catch up in class.”
- Cikgu Noor Siah Md Top
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Alor Akar is a school located in the Kuantan district of Pahang with more than 500 students and 90 teachers. The school is a cluster school with some of the top performing students on a national and international level and is very active in extracurricular activities, especially in sports. Students have participated in national and international competitions for Maths in academic, and Squash in sports.
The school began its journey with Frog in 2017 when one of the teachers from the school’s senior leadership team, Cikgu Noor Siah Md Top, attended a workshop on the Frog VLE, conducted by a Frog Advocate in Pahang. The workshop inspired the teacher to introduce Frog to the rest of the senior leadership team and this sparked the start of 21st century teaching and learning within the school.
Since then, the school’s leadership team has been a big advocate of Frog and supported teachers on all levels to implement Frog in teaching and learning. The school had a shaky start and was at the bottom of the list for VLE usage in Pahang. But with continuous encouragement and perseverance, the school made it to the top and even gained recognition by JPN Pahang. The school’s best practices are being shared by JPN Pahang as an example other schools within the state.
Frog is making a difference in Teaching & Learning
Since the introduction of the Frog VLE into teaching and learning, students of SMK Alor Akar find learning to be more interesting and are always looking forward to ICT classes where lessons will be conducted in the computer lab and through the Frog VLE.
Teachers have been able to better engage students during classroom lessons with customisable Sites and embedded applications such as Kahoot and Quizizz through the Frog VLE. Teachers are able to create a more engaging learning environment for students and this has made learning more interactive for students.
A tool for teachers to teach better
In May 2017, the school kickstart the implementation of Frog in teaching and learning when the senior leadership team encouraged teachers to assign students with homework using the Frog Assignment app. Since then, teachers have cultivated the habit of assigning and monitoring students assignments through their YES Altitude phones through the Frog Assignment app.
Teachers also incorporate FrogPlay quizzes into their lessons for students to do revision after learning.These readily available and easily accessible quizzes have made preparing and conducting lessons more convenient for teachers.
Frog is making a difference in Community Engagement
SMK Alor Akar has also cultivated a community of students who are always helping one another as they journey along together in 21st century education.
Teachers come together as a community to inspire and support one another and students in 21st Century teaching and learning
To help teachers to know more about how to utilise Frog, Cikgu Noor Siah created a video on how to use Frog Assignment and shared it among teachers and students. She also focused on encouraging students to use FrogPlay in class and at home. In addition, Cikgu Noor Siah created NILAM Sites to encourage students to login and access reading materials to cultivate good reading habits.
Students come together as a community to inspire and support other students and teachers in 21st Century teaching and learning
Students who are more familiar in using the Frog VLE help and guide other students in exploring content creation through Sites for classroom projects. Students have also conducted tutorials on how to use the Google Drive and other digital tools that could help their peers create better content for ICT related subjects.