The Fronter Workflow

Because we are designing Fronter to support teachers’ workflow, you can be more efficient in planning, delivering and assessing learning.

Fronter Capabilities

  • Plan
  • Teach
  • Assess
  • Analyze

Goals | Plan | Personalize

You typically start your planning with a learning goal, because at the end of the day this is what you will measure your pupils’ progress against. You can use national or locally adjusted learning goals in Fronter. And, of course, you’ll find a calendar in Fronter to help you plan lessons and check the availability of colleagues, pupils, rooms, and resources.

There are many ways to personalize Fronter. One of the major ways to personalize Fronter, is by choosing a skin. Fronter has three skins; Classic, Play and Play Mini.

Classic has the clean dark blue design and is the standard. The play design has large icons and is well suited for a tablet. The Play Mini is the same as Play, but with larger icons for PC-users. The Play designs were intended for lower grades, but because it is intuitive and colorful, it´s used by all grades.

Other than changing the skin, there are several ways to customize Fronter. For example by using images and colors on the front page to capture the interest of younger learners.

Pages | Learning Paths | Courses

Great teachers help pupils learn new things, using a variety of tools and methods, guiding their progress through the curriculum. Explore the opportunities for using Fronter to reach “listening learners”, “seeing learners” and “experience learners”.

Teachers all around the world have created millions of Pages with structured course content including text, images, sound, video and links to other resources. These Pages can be shared, improved upon, and used again and again.

Test is so much more than an assessment tool. A quiz to trigger existing knowledge of a topic before you begin can be both helpful and fun. Another way for you to gage pre-existing knowledge of a topic, to brainstorm or to pool the collective knowledge of all your pupils, is Forums.

If you combine Pages and Tests, you can set up a Learning Path. In between pages with learning materials you can insert tests that your pupils have to pass to “level up”. If they fail, demonstrating that they have not learnt what you set out to teach, you have the opportunity to present the material in a new way.

You can easily use courses created by others inside Fronter, if they’re in a standard format like Scorm. There’s a lot of really good learning tools out there that Fronter partners with, such as the math problem solving engine Kikora and the creative video and animation extravaganza Creaza.

Use Assignment to set tasks, homework and assignments. Your pupils can submit work in any number of ways, ranging from Microsoft documents to images, sound recordings or video. From the beginning, Assignment was designed with the busy teacher in mind and set up to support an efficient workflow for interacting with students. They get an overview of new, current and past assignments that is always up to date. You get a continuously updated status overview to help you stay on top of who needs following-up.

Learning Outcomes | Assignments | Tests

Assessment for learning along the way is at least as important as assessment of learning at the end of a topic or course. You’ll find the flexibility to do both inside Fronter.

We also know that pupils benefit hugely from self-assessment and give plenty of opportunities for doing just that.Together, teachers and students can find, and commit to, strategies to help them reach their next potential level of learning.

When you connect learning Goals to Assignments, Tests, Forums and Tasks, you can track your pupils’ progress throughout, and at the end of, a course period. Automatically graded Tests can give pupils immediate feedback. Questions can be put into a question database for re-use.

When assessing an assignment, whether handed in by a pupil or a group of pupils, you can add shorter or longer comments and evaluations, right where it represents the greatest learning opportunity. While it is easy, and for some pupils perhaps tempting, to copy the work of others, we all know that they learn more by producing original work. Ephorus plagiarism control is a Fronter partner that detects copied work and presents the findings in a simple dashboard.

The outcome of all written assessment in the tests and assignments will, together with the work done by the pupil, end up documented in the pupil’s portfolio.

Portfolio | Statistics | Individual Learning Plan

Each pupil has a portfolio in Fronter. It contains a copy of all the schoolwork and activities he or she has taken part in, as well as assignment evaluations and test results. All this information is organised in a result matrix.
The pupil can see their own work and activities, which is useful. As a teacher, you get an overview of all your pupils’ work and results, which is even better, as it can be a great starting point for creating each of their individual learning plans.

Using the Individual learning plan, you can evaluate the pupils’ performance against set goals. You know how important it is for pupils to reflect on their learning process along the way, so invite them in to self assess. Involve their parents in setting objectives, and in finding ways to improve performance.

With all this information to hand, presented to you in a tidy overview, it is easier to plan next steps. To gage your pupils’ knowledge before entering new territory, why not create a quick test? Connect the Test to a learning goal and you’ll quickly discover which level to begin at.