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Here at Meadowhead School (1800 pupils) in Sheffield, we are using Frog. Currently for Staff, Parents and limited use ...
27th February 2009, 11:37 AM #16
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Here at Meadowhead School (1800 pupils) in Sheffield, we are using Frog. Currently for Staff, Parents and limited use for students. Has taken a lot of sorting out, but seems to work quite well, and it was bought before I got here and thought we might as well get the use out the money spent. Anyone else using Frog?
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27th February 2009, 11:40 AM #17
From what I remember, a lot.
Originally Posted by Dom_
The advantage for a secondary school though is that the license (if I remember correctly, it may be an additional license) allows them to host VLEs for their feeder schools for a reasonable fee.
27th February 2009, 11:41 AM #18
We are using fronter here, its clunky and ugly imho. Has a lot of features apparently, but i just cant get over the fact that it looks horrible!
27th February 2009, 11:41 AM #19
I have to say that Moodle has been fantastic. Very easy to use for all parties and it's free. What's the point in paying through the roof for something that is as good if not better then any of the others.
I think theres around 150,000 moodle sites in the world that will agree with me.
27th February 2009, 11:49 AM #20
Yeah totally agree about moodle, I did a test set up for my school on my homepage and it was so much easier to create a good looking site which is easy to navigate. I find myself thinking about where to go with fronter because the interface doesn't seem quite right and you are stuck with how fronter is.
27th February 2009, 12:14 PM #21
The cost of Frog, if the cost mentioned in another thread is correct, is around 20-25,000.
The issue i had with Moodle is that it wasn't Primary School Friendly enough. Year 5 and upwards would have coped fine i think but we have to think of the little ones as well
If the content section was theme-able then i may have ventured down that route and tried to cobble something together. It looks like i will have to wait for Moodle 2.0 and see how it develops.
There was a link somewhere that someone gave me of a thread on Moodle's forum that went through a discussion on development Vs Design. It was a good read i thought. I will see if i can find the link.
28th February 2009, 10:44 PM #22
we are going down the sharepoint route and hopefully sharepointLMS (google it) just waiting for version 2 which will be in beta in the next month i hope.
Looked at all others including moodle but decided to keep everything in sharepoint.
1st March 2009, 12:39 AM #23
We are using Shireland's, but i can thankfully say we will be moving away from them in March i believe and using sharepoint in which i am developing alsong side Talmos
I secondary can say i am happy for the change, as i dont rate there learning platform currently so many problems.
Also it has to go through so many people before you can get anything done.
1st March 2009, 11:20 AM #24
Good to here it James, i am a big fan of collaboration and like the idea of lots of schools using the same platform but in the end i think having a VLE which suits your school 100% is better then a 60% job with features you will never use.
Originally Posted by EduTech
Can you pm me your opinions of shirelands? as its something that they are trying to sell us despite all my work within sharepoint.
1st March 2009, 02:41 PM #25
Exactly the reason why we are doing it ourselves, plus the support would be much faster for staff as we can support it where as at the moment we have to log a call etc, and it has to go to shireland > then to synetrix.
Originally Posted by mattmoo
But yh sure i'll PM you..
P.S. i'm not trying to put people of shireland, but i just think it is better suited for primary schools.. rather then secondary.
5th March 2009, 02:37 PM #26
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you should also look at studywiz and LP+
5th March 2009, 05:19 PM #27
What are your thoughts on StudyWiz?
We should be having a meeting with them on Monday to go through how it works and looks.
6th March 2009, 11:59 AM #28
I believe none of the current VLEs meet Beta standards.
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9th March 2009, 03:45 PM #29
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dont know much about them, just that you need to look at those 2 if you want make sure you see everything out there.
how'd the meeting go?
10th March 2009, 11:10 AM #30
The meeting went great. Very unique way of demoing a site really. We used the elluminate site to share to demoer's screen to see what was what. From what i saw StudyWiz seems very good. It looks to be well polished and also quick. It also seems to be further advanced than some that we have seen. Reporting seemed good, sims integration is apparently coming towards the end of the year (as it is with most VLEs from the sounds of it).
We had a few important points to be met and i think StudyWiz met those quite well. So now we have a decision to make.
We also viewed DBPrimary and that was quite reasonable too. The guys we had visit us were very enthusiastic about their product and that was good to see. We also viewed the Viglen It's Learning platform which was also useful very good. They are all much the same but the StudyWiz was interesting as we could host it locally which reduced the costs and also you only paid for Pupil access. Staff and parents were free.
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