Fronter is irritating me already
I'm the Fronter lead teacher/ICT coordinator/general ICT and VLE cheerleader in outr primary school
I've been using Fronter since January an will soon start coaxing other teachers int creating their own classrooms (a few at a time).
Trouble is, I really am not that keen on it. I like the theory and the potential stuff that you can do. Some of the pages I've made don't even look that bad. Trouble is I find it really clunky and horrible to use. Our school uses Macs with OSX 10.4.11and we're running Fronter on Firefox 3 and Safari 3 (because some features work on Safari and others work on Firefox).
I fin uploading and downloading files a real pain. At present I can only download files one at a time (which is rubbish as I'm trying to download a folder of 100ish photos). The file dialogs (Java) are not consistent. They can't find network shared folders. They crash. The browser complains about certificates. All in all its not too good.
As an LGFL school it feels like a fait accompli (sorry about spelling if wrong!)
I wonder, as a primary school, if there is another way to meet these government targets. Moodle sounds like a pain to set up, and while I'm pretty IT literate, I have a full time class an not enough hours in the day.
For a primary school how much of this interaction/collaborative stuff do we actually need I find myself asking.
I wonder if I could somehow make use of Google apps/sites etc to cover a lot of the Fronter ground and save myself a headache!
Help, suggestions and love greatly appreciated!