GCSE Pod v2.0

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The GCSE Pod 2.0 widget allows users to sign directly into GCSE Pod from Frog. Some information is required from GCSE Pod prior to setting up this widget so we would recommend contacting GCSE Pod before proceeding with this article.

The information required from GCSE Pod is the School ID and the School AES code. When this information has been acquired, set up can begin.

A guide to setting up and using GCSEPOD 2.0

Please follow this link for the latest article on setting up GCSEPOD 2.0 - File:GCSEPod2.pdf. The information below remains for reference for how to download the widget, but this document is the best place to start for getting this set up!

Downloading the Widget

The GCSE Pod 2.0 widget is available on the Widget Store. To download the widget navigate to the store and search for GCSE Pod. You will see that there is a list of widgets, the most recent is version 2.0.

Select the widget and install it. You should now be able to drag the widget down onto a Frog page.

The GCSE Pod 2.0 widget downloads as a link from the widget store. This means that any updates to the widget should be automatically received through the link.

This is different from the older widgets on the store which download as a Frog page. The widget will be able to be dragged onto a page by the user who has downloaded it, but other users will not see it in the black widget editor. This is to allow users to download widgets specifically for their use without clogging up the editor of other users.

If you wish to place this widget on the dashboard we would recommend the following process:

1/ As the user who downloaded the widget, log into the Toolkit.

2/ Create a new Frog page and call it GCSE Pod 2.0.

3/ On this page, add a Widget Area brick from the Structure section of the brick editor.

4/ View the page in the front end (if you use the Preview option be sure to remove the Preview section from the URL so you're looking at just the page ID - the Preview section of the URL will prevent the black widget editor button showing).

5/ Drag down the GCSE Pod widget.

6/ Save the page.

7/ This step is optional - in the Toolkit you can drag the FDP container containing the GCSE Pod widget out of the Widget Area brick and delete the Widget Area brick. This will prevent any users with editing access to this page (normally the Admin profile) from seeing two editable areas. Other users will not be affected which is why this is optional.

8/ Move the page into one of the school widget folders and ensure the permissions are set to View and Use for the relevant profiles.

Users will then be able to drag this onto the page themselves. If you want to add this to a page anywhere on the VLE you can use the Nested Page User Component brick to point to this page.

Alternatively, if you wish to skip the above steps you can do the following to nest it:

1/ Navigate to the location of the widget in the Toolkit using the account that downloaded it.

2/ Select the widget link and Copy Path to Clipboard.

3/ Retrieve the app URL and remove the end slash (so it will copy as app://37bc2e744f8413b/ but you need to use app://37bc2e744f8413b).

4/ Create a new page and add an FDP Container from under the Media tab.

5/ Add the URL to the Widget URL field and select Edit Preferences and Check Roles to ensure the settings are correct.

6/ Select OK and save the page.

You can use this page in the same way as above.


When the School ID and AES code have been retrieved from GCSE Pod, these must be added to the Toolkit under Tools > Config > GCSE Pod 2.0:

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Save these changes and view the widget in the front end. Users should now be able to click through to GCSE Pod.


When a user first accesses GCSE Pod they will be asked to submit their email and password. By default, this is automatically populated by Frog from the email address held on user's Frog user accounts. If this is not a valid email address you may wish to consider updating the user email addresses by CSV.