Who said learning platforms are dead? Denmark signs Frog for national schools network
Leading UK learning platform provider for schools, Frog Education, has won a contract to provide a bespoke 'Facebook for education' for 2 million users in Denmark.
The contract, worth £24 million, is for 10 years and goes to Frog and its Danish partner, business consultancy Netcompany, to develop a brand new education communication and collaboration platform. Called Aula, it will be based on Frog's technology, currently used by about 12 million students, teachers and parents worldwide.
It's timely good news for Frog, given the 'becalming' of the schools ICT 'market' in England by the cash crisis facing schools and the absence of policy and political leadership for learning and teaching with technology. Gareth Davies, Frog's managing director, comments: “This project marks our successful transition from learning platform company to operating system for education, which alongside our ongoing Malaysia contract cements Frog as a global platform business.”
Frog already supports 10,000 schools in Malaysia
Frog already holds a 10,000-school government contract in Malaysia, is considered a market leader in England (Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland — like Denmark — already have their own national education networks) and it is active in 23 countries globally. Consequently, Frog is well placed to partner Netcompany to develop Aula for schools and daycare centres in 93 Danish municipalities.
The Aula project is managed by by KOMBIT, the non-profit project house owned by the Danish Local Government Association which creates joint IT solutions for the Danish Government Aula will replace the current incumbent collaboration system, SkoleIntra by ItsLearning.
Aula is intended to support easy and novel communication and collaboration between home and school through its own built-in features and integration with existing school and municipality platforms and systems. The tasks range from timetabling to organising parent’s evenings, quick and easy messaging systems, media galleries and registration systems. It has been referred to as the ‘Facebook for education’.
After a 16-month intensive development using the FrogOS development platform, the first pilots in schools will start in autumn 2018, with the national rollout commencing January 2019. Further details will be released as the project develops.
Frog was chosen for partnership in this project by Netcompany, said to be Denmark's largest and fastest growing IT company. Gareth Davies (pictured right) adds, “Denmark is known for its progressive attitudes to education, so it’s a real privilege to be working alongside such a great partner, to create this transformative platform for KOMBIT, Denmark and, ultimately, all our existing users in the UK and across the world.
"It's a real testament to the quality of the UK’s EdTech scene that countries across the globe look towards us for world class education technology."
His comment was echoed by UK trade association BESA (the British Educational Suppliers Association) which is attending ISTE, the US learning with technology event with Frog in San Antonio, Texas, this week. BESA director Patrrick Hayes says, “This remarkable achievement by Frog is a paradigm example of how UK EdTech companies are taking the world by storm. Frog has already had a transformative impact on the education of millions of pupils in Malaysia, and looks set to use its world-leading edtech abilities and experience to help raise educational standards for millions more in Denmark.”
KOMBIT is a non-profit company that aims to consolidate Denmark's municipality IT systems to create greater local purchasing power to prevent monopolies and lower prices, and to strengthen competition