Thoughts about Fronter’s free training days

This Autumn, Fronter has been offering training days (in our Strand office) completely free of charge. This is a completely new initiative for us and we think it is about time we stepped back to take stock.

Some facts:
To date 78 teachers have been trained on 7 separate free training courses this term; topics have included Basic Admin, KS1 and KS2 Computing, New to Fronter and Webfronter.

Some comments:
This is just a tiny sample of comments teachers have made about their free training:

‘The course was excellent and I thought Mark’s delivery was first rate.’  (DS, secondary teacher)

‘Excellent delivery, great pace and tailored to the varying needs of the delegates.’  (CL, secondary teacher)

‘I felt the course was very well delivered. The content was detailed and delivered in a good manner at good pace.’ (MN, primary teacher)

There were many positive comments in this vein, but these give a good representation of how well the courses have been received. Thanks to all the teachers who took the time to leave positive, constructive and informative comments. It makes us all very happy. 🙂

Sharing ideas:
Teachers have also been keen to share other ideas with us about how they plan to use the new skills and knowledge picked up on free training days once they are back in school. One primary colleague said she felt confident and ambitious enough after her training day to ‘…plan to set up Fronter for our school and begin to create pages to use with my class. I will do an Inset to explain to staff and TAs.  Also training for parents so it can be used at home.’

A secondary colleague explained he is going to take a tool by tool based approach: ‘We will be using the vote tool.  (We had) some very constructive feedback on how to improve the accessibility of out topic pages, and this will be put in place across the school.  We were shown the free rooms to import from Fronter Support, which we will definitely be importing.  Very useful to be shown the white listed rooms which we will be using content from.

The venue:
80 Strand is the HQ of Pearson in the UK and this is where Fronter holds its central London training days. Even we have to admit the view is pretty spectacular! Steve Henderson one of our expert trainers, took this photo from 80 Strand during a training day just as some proper wet and stormy autumn weather was brewing.

Strand training venue

Steve tweets regularly from his training travels – follow him on Twitter to see some more of his training venue pics.

Conversations:
We like to get into conversation with teachers who come along to our training. Recently, Mark Ashton one of our trainers (and Webfronter ninja!) was asked, ‘As for Fronter itself, I would love a really nice SCORM integration that would allow teachers to create/import SCORM content like quizzes that would then add to a markbook.’ Helpfully, he was able to give some info about work we are doing on a new guide to SCORM in Fronter and how easy (ie -automatic) it is for SCORM course results to appear the Fronter portfolio.

Another teacher suggested to us that although he had really enjoyed the free training day, he would benefit from some ‘refresher training sessions’ in a little while, to keep his knowledge fresh, active and more ready to take on new ideas. Well, we’re happy to oblige and will be offering a ‘Refresher Fronter Day’ in the Spring term, 2015. Keep an eye on  our website which is updated regularly as new training dates and topics are added.

For more general info about Fronter please visit our website, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. If you have further questions regarding training courses, please email us via training.pearsonfronter@pearson.com.

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