Student Online Learning Facilities
Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people, both within schools and outside school. These technologies provide powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. They can motivate, inspire discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
At Holmfirth High School we provide all students with appropriately filtered and monitored access to the internet and a variety of ICT systems.
The school will take every reasonable precaution, including robust monitoring and filtering systems, to ensure that young people will be safe when they use the internet and ICT systems however, ultimately the school cannot be held responsible for the nature and content of materials accessed on the internet and using mobile technologies.
The school will try to ensure that students will have good access to digital technologies to enhance their learning and will, in return, expect the students to agree to be responsible users. A copy of the Student Acceptable Use Agreement that students acknowledge on Frog can be found below.
Online Learning Platforms
Below you can find a summary of a few of the main software packages we have available for students. We actively encourage parents to be involved in their children’s learning and knowing what resources are available to them can be very useful.
Office 365 - School Communication Platform
All students are issued with an Office 365 account when they join Holmfirth High School. Office 365 is the schools main communication platform between staff and students and comes with some great features for students.
Students can log in to Office using the link below.
If a student is unsure of their login details to access Office 365 they can email Mr Langstaff or the IT Technicians on the following email addresses.
All students can:
- Email their teachers and peers
- Download the full Microsoft Office Suite at home for FREE on up to 5 computers or laptops (students must have access to their Office 365 account in order to do this)
Certain policies have been put in place to safeguard students when using the Office 365 platform whilst still giving students rich learning opportunities – these include:
- All student passwords must be of a certain complexity of at least 8 characters, including a capital letter and a number
- Students cannot send emails to non school email addresses
- Students can however, receive emails from external senders so that subscriptions can be made to educational platforms
- Student email activity is monitored frequently to ensure the platform is being used safely and appropriately
Frog - The Homework Portal
Frog is the schools VLE (Virtual Learning Environment). All students are issued with an account when they join us at Holmfirth High School.
Student usernames and passwords for Frog always remain the same as their school network (computer) login details. All students should know these details and also have them listed within their school planners.
If a student is unable to access Frog as they have forgotten their password please contact the school IT Technicians.
Within Frog students have access to:
- An abundance of learning materials their teachers have granted access to.
- Their school network home and shared resource areas
- All homework activities including instructions, useful resources and online activities
- Easy access to other online learning platforms such as FrogPlay and GCSEPod
For more information on homework, please see the link below.
GCSEPod (Focus on Key Stage 4 students)
GCSEPod is an online learning platform available to all students however, this resource is tailored to Key Stage 4 students.
At the heart of GCSEPod are the videos. Otherwise known as “Pods”. Each one is a highly concentrated, 3-5-minute burst of audio-visual learning and is written by expert subject teachers then rigorously quality assured. Every pod is mapped to GCSE and IGCSE exam boards making this a fantastic resource for students.
All students can access GCSEPod by logging into Frog and clicking the GCSEPod link on the student dashboard. The first time a student accesses GCSEPod they will be prompted to set themselves a username and password (we advise students to use the same username and password as their school network) and thereafter if GCSEPod is accessed via Frog students will not be required to enter any login details.
If a student has forgotten their login details for GCSEPod these can be reset by clicking the GCSEPod link on Frog and then clicking ‘My account‘. The student simply updates their username and password and clicks ‘Save‘.
GCSEPod have also released a mobile app for both Apple and Android devices so students can learn anywhere, anytime straight from their mobile devices. Students simply need to enter the login details they specified when signing up to GCSEPod.
Students can find lots of useful guidance for using the GCSEPod platform by clicking the question mark logo at the top right of GCSEPod as shown below.
FrogPlay (For students of all ages)
FrogPlay is a self-marking quiz based, online revision site, which will allow students to learn independently and increase their levels and grades at school. It is designed to work anytime, anywhere on, ALL devices such as iPads, Android Tablets, Windows 8 devices and more!
Students can search and complete 1000’s of prebuilt, self-marking quizzes that earns them points to spend within the platform. The points can be used to purchase short games to play alongside their quizzes or ‘extras’ for their avatar character.
All students can access FrogPlay by logging into Frog and clicking the FrogPlay link on the student dashboard. The quizzes can be accessed by clicking the computer screen on the FrogPlay dashboard.
A number of departments have invested in Kerboodle as an online learning resource. Kerboodle is made up of digital text books an activities in an engaging format.
If a student is unsure of their login details to access Kerboodle they can contact their Science teacher who will be able to help with this.
All students will receive, Online Safety education to help them understand the importance of safe use of technology and the internet – both in and out of school.
We also have a dedicated Online Safety area of our school website to support both students and parents.