General Election & Citizenship Competition

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In the run up to this year’s General Election, Fronter is launching a competition to help teachers encourage pupils to become more involved in Citizenship and what’s going on in the world.

First Prize winners will be invited to lunch, where they can take in the magnificent view of London from the famous 10th floor balcony at Pearson’s headquarters in the Strand, where Winston Churchill used to survey damage caused during the Second World War.

What you need to do to enter:
Pupils – create a General Election Fronter Page
Teachers – create a General Election Fronter Room

What the judges will be looking for:

  • Creativity
  • Original information, text and ideas
  • Interesting use of photographs or images
  • Exciting use of a range of Fronter tools
  • Carefully selected links to related info
  • Videos can be added i.e. YouTube or other

How to enter:
Submit entries via our pupil and teacher entry forms. (Teachers need to submit on behalf of pupils)

The closing date for entries is Thursday 7th May 2015, entries received after this date will not be entered into the prize draw. Winners will be notified on Monday 1st June by email.

Download our competition flyer!

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Champion School Event

On Friday 5th December 2014 teachers from our Fronter Champion Schools gathered together for their Winter “Sharing is Caring” event. The day consisted of presentations from some of our bravest participants who showed us what they have been doing with Fronter over the past year and shared with us the hard work of their colleagues and pupils in Fronter.

From the presentations we learnt about:

  • The power of making pupils owners of a room so that they take full ownership over Fronter – at Campsbourne Junior School this has resulted in pupils moderating forums and creating and publicising their own content, following the example set by their teachers. The School Council have a very successful room which consists entirely of forums so that all the pupils can have their say on the really important matters – the toilets and the playground!
  • Hollymount School have created an iPad room which provides resources, tips and lessons to their own teachers and other schools in the borough who are using iPads in education. This room helps to provide CPD for teachers and is collaborative, allowing teachers to share what has worked for them and even includes videoed lessons so that teachers can find plenty of material to help them in their move to mobile learning.
  • At Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School a clear and clean design helps teachers and pupils to navigate easily and proficiently. A well embedded VLE is bridging the gap between their two servers – one admin and one curriculum – so that all resources are available to everyone, everywhere, at any time. Using the Brainstorming Forum tool they have created “Virtual Problem Boxes” for pupils to suggest issues in computing lessons for others to try and solve.
  • At Park High School a careers room is providing pupils with all the resources and links they need to make an informed choice on their steps when choosing exam paths in school and then on to Post 16 and Post 18 choices. A Performance Management room allows teachers to easily find resources to request CPD training and also gives them access to all feedback from their line manager, as well as allowing for an ongoing dialogue with their mentors and line managers. This has given all staff a transparent view of Performance Management across the school and new staff are able to get up to speed quickly and to take ownership of their career path.

We also spent some time catching up on some of the new functionality in Fronter, including the wonderful new Assignment Tool which was met with great enthusiasm. Over the morning some debates were sparked into subjects such as the use of tablets in education and the many different possible Fronter navigation paths, which we know vary greatly as no two schools are the same!

The Champion Schools will be sharing even more resources this year and these will become available on the Champion Schools website in the run up to BETT in January, so watch this space!

How do I create a Fronter room for an event?

With so many great sporting events taking place in 2014, why not create a room, or series of rooms, to help learners get involved in some way.

Here are just some of the events you could try creating rooms for:

– Sochi Winter Olympics (7 – 23rd Feb)
– Sochi Winter Paralympics (7 – 16 Mar)
– World Cup (12 Jun – 13 Jul)
– Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (23 Jul – 3 Aug)

We have a library of free ‘Ready-to-Go’ rooms that have been created for previous events such as Summer Games, which may give you some ideas on things you can include. We ran a competition for schools and learners to create their own rooms around this subject, you can view this on our website.

If you need help in creating your own room, we have a ‘Basic Room Management’ webinar or for those users who have mastered the basics we are also running an ‘Advanced Room Management’ webinar.

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Fronter at BETT 2014

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It’s that time of year again – BETT! Tomorrow is the first day of BETT 2014, held at ExCel London for the second year running. Pearson Fronter will be based on the Pearson stand – C270 and C280, so pop along to talk to one of the team about your requirements or pre-book a meeting to see someone at a time most convenient for you.

On the Pearson stands you can listen to many presentations throughout the four days, which cover everything from digital content to using the Fronter learning platform more effectively. These presentations are delivered by Fronter staff as well as schools which use Fronter in lots of great ways. We also have Fronter Champion schools on stand ready to chat or take any questions you might have for them.

This year some of the presentations are being streamed live from the stand, so if you can’t make it to BETT on a particular day, or at all, there’s no need for you to miss out on the presentations. To watch the live streaming you’ll need to register.

For more information about what you can expect from Fronter and Pearson at BETT please visit our dedicated Pearson at BETT website.

How can I get my class to engage more with history?

Getting learners to understand that they are experiencing history in the making throughout their lives can be made easier by using Fronter.

Creating rooms for topics such as the Diamond Jubilee and filling them with videos, pictures, quizzes and discussion forums can help learners to become more interested.

We have a number of free ‘Ready-to-Go’ rooms which can help start you off, such as:

Diamond Jubilee
Summer Games
World Book Day
Royal Wedding
Summer

If you’re struggling to make your own room, we can help. We have an ‘Introduction to Fronter Room Management‘ online ‘self-guided’ course that guides you through everything you need to know about creating new rooms.

Alternatively, why not try our ‘Advanced Room Management‘ webinar for the more confident user.

We add new training dates frequently so don’t forget to keep checking the schedule. If the training you are looking for doesn’t appear in the list, you can register your interest to attend and we’ll get in touch when a new date is available.

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Fronter wins the Oslo Innovation Award 2012!

Fronter has been awarded the Oslo Innovation Award 2012! The award is presented each year during Oslo Innovation Week and goes to a company that succeeds in creating new technologies and more jobs in Oslo. This annual event, which is in its seventh year, is a platform for Global and Norwegian investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and business leaders to gather in Oslo. The week consists of a series of events organised by a number of prominent players.

The topics of innovation and industrial policy, capital and funding of growth projects, innovation created from research and youth entrepreneurship were up for discussion. The aim of this week’s discussions was to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs, investors and experts in order to promote innovation and growth. Value was also high on this year’s agenda.

This is what the event organisers had to say about Fronter and why we were crowned as winners of this great award;

“Fronter gets the award for having highlighted the international competitiveness of the innovation community in Oslo and for creating a leading knowledge-based company through its digital learning platform,” said jury chairman Per Saxegaard.

Fronter has been a pioneer in the development of digital support for education. The platform is well known worldwide and has undergone continuous development. Fronter is used in countries such as England, Northern Ireland, Malta and the Scandinavian countries and are about to make a breakthrough in Latin America. We’re also currently in an exciting initial stage in China!

The company is continually growing. The number of logins reached over 150 million last year! Since the acquisition by Pearson, the world’s leading education company, Fronter has continued to play a central role in the development of digital learning globally.

“Behind the leading learning platform Fronter is a world class technology environment. We have had the opportunity to grow locally and invest in product development. Many of our 30,000 colleagues around the world look to Oslo now that our own company Pearson is shifting its focus from print to digital. We are extremely proud of this recognition from Oslo Innovation Week”, says CEO Nils Olav Sund Teigen in Fronter AS.

CEO Nils Olav Sund Teigen receiving the Award

Congratulations to the Summer Games Competition Winners!

…..and the Winner is!

Pearson Fronter hosted a WOW (wonderful online winners’) event this morning, Friday 22nd June,  when around 500 youngsters and their teachers learned if they had won prizes in the Summer Games Creative Design Competition.

Teachers from all over the UK  put in some excellent competition entries:
Prizes went to members of staff from Rushey Mead School, Leicester City; Tuke School, Southwark;  and St Edmund’s School, Enfield.

Pupil prizes were awarded to youngsters from:

Park Road Primary, Sale
Charville Primary, Hillingdon
Heavers Farm Primary, Croydon
Southend High School for Girls, Southend
Oak Parks High School, Redbridge
Canons High School, Harrow

Special mentions were given to pupils from the top 20 school entries. Well done all of you! 

Charville Primary School Hillingdon
Merton Park Primary School Merton
Parklands Junior School Havering
Cannon Lane Junior School Harrow
Heaversfarm Primary School Croydon
Southend high school for girls Southend
St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School Enfield
Charville Primary School Hillingdon
Canons High School Harrow
Lowe’s Wong Junior School Nottinghamshire
Oaks Park High School Redbridge
Park Road Primary School, Sale Trafford LEA
Merton Park Primary School Merton
Moriah Jewish Day School Harrow
Walthamstow School for Girls Waltham Forest
Central Foundation Girls’ School Tower Hamlets
Horniman Primary School (3 special mentions) Lewisham
Newnham Junior School Hillingdon

Congratulations to you all!  

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Our thanks go to everyone who entered – we received well over 600 entries. We enjoyed looking at each and every one of them and we’ll let you all know very soon about our next Pearson Fronter schools’ competition!