Friday, 31 July 2015

zondle - comments from users

I thought I would share some of the comments we had from users about our announcement yesterday. We really appreciate all the support you have given us. Thank you!

This is awesome news Ben! Well done.

That’s brilliant news - Thank you so much for finding a way to keep zondle going! [Claudia]

Great news. I look forward to hearing from you about the next plans. [Louise]

Most wonderful news! I am very excited Zondle has options to benefit all.

this is super great news!!!! Thank you

Fabulous news!  My students absolutely love your site and I hope to be able to continue to develop more lessons for them on Zondle.
Thank you for working so hard for teachers and students!

I'm SOOOO excited!  Let me know if I can be of help. 

This is such good news as the start of a new school year approaches! Thank you so much!

Such great news!!!

Again I pledge my 8 dollars a month.

Thanks for looking into this, Zondle is truly an amazing tool for leaning 

I am so relieved to hear that my students will be able to continue learning with Zondle.

I would be very wiling to pay $80 per year for this.

That is fantastic news Ben. A win win for all. Best regards Donna

Fantastic news, Ben! I am delighted for you - but also for my pupils and myself! Looking forward to seeing how things progress in a positive way...

Thursday, 30 July 2015

zondle - Thank you! - users and donors help to keep site live!

Dear zondlers,

Firstly, thank you very much for all your support over the past two weeks. We have been humbled by the size of the response and also by the many positive comments about zondle that you have emailed, added on social media or added to our recent survey on the subscription options for zondle going forward.

As of Monday 27th July, we had over 1,000 responses to our survey and the results are here:

Of the 125 ‘Other’ responses, about half were willing to pay a smaller fee, 25% were interested in school discounts and 20% were duplicate entries.

Further Support

Zondle has also been supported by an anonymous donor and will continue to receive the support from our hosting company (iomart – that we have had for the past few months.

What does this mean?

1) zondle will remain free for the next 3 months while we work on a subscription model to fund the site going forward.

2)We are looking to launch a subscription option in November with existing zondle users getting a great ‘introductory’ founders offer. This will also give teachers the opportunity to download any data from zondle if they choose not to go for the subscription.

How much will a subscription be?

We are working on this right now but it will be NO MORE than the $80 per year or $8 per month that we put in the survey. There will also be a school/district offer which will be further discounted.

What else will we get for our subscription?

We are keen to engage more deeply with our subscribing users and once we have the subscription up and running we will be contacting all our subscribers with a suggested road map of tidying up the site and building new features and games to support them. We have quite a bit of information from our original surveys in May of this year but we really want this to be a teacher-driven site with your suggestions being top priority for our developers.

So, THANK YOU, to everyone that contacted zondle, completed the survey and told our story on social media. We really appreciate it. I will be in touch again on a weekly basis with an update on developments.

Thanks and best wishes


Friday, 24 July 2015

zondle - an update

Thank you so much for all the responses to the zondle survey!

We had more than 950 in just 3 days which is amazing and the number keeps growing! We also had a huge number of supportive emails and messages which I will share on this blog over the next week. These messages really do mean a lot and we appreciate each and every one.

There is clearly a desire for zondle to continue and our community seem to understand that the site might need to move to a subscription in order to keep going.

Two things that we noted from the survey

a) There was interest in district, school and multiple teacher pricing which we will work on shortly.

b) Some teachers felt that the $80 per year or $8 per month was a bit expensive.

We will be crunching the numbers next week and hopefully finalize a way to keep zondle going. In the meantime, thanks for all your support.

With best wishes


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

zondle - a possibility?

Thank you!

We have been amazed by the numbers of teachers who have contacted us about zondle, telling us how useful it is in their teaching and how students love it. Thanks so much for everyone who got in touch.

A possibility?

A large number of teachers have expressed a desire to pay to keep zondle open and so I am contacting everyone again to see whether this is a real possibility.

Most teachers suggested they would be willing to pay a monthly (or yearly) teacher’s subscription that will give each teacher (and all their students) access to zondle as it currently exists. The price would be around $8 per month or $80 for a whole year.

Zondle’s costs

Zondle needs about $7500 per month to keep going and allow the site to be supported, and a further $3500 per month to ensure we can keep developing great new features throughout the year.

This means that we need about 1500 teachers to contribute $8 per month to keep our doors open.

Please help!

To help to make this happen can you please answer the three questions on this survey:

Please also share this survey with other teachers who use zondle.

If we can get enough people committed to this plan then we could keep zondle open which would be amazing!

Thanks again so much for all your wishes and support, I really appreciate it.

With best wishes


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

gradebook Live - real time student monitoring

Today we are delighted to announce the release of zondle gradebook Live (beta).

Gradebook Live (beta) enables you to monitor your students’ achievements in real time, while they play zondle games. You can easily see which students might need additional support and which questions the whole class are finding difficult.

Gradebook Live (beta) works with games on both the main website and on the mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Gradebook Live (beta) is now active on your account for FREE. This is a time limited offer with no obligation.

The following video shows you everything you need to get up and running.

Would you like to become a zondle Teacher Partner to help other teachers, plus you can earn money too!

The zondle marketplace is a key feature within zondle which enables teachers to purchase premium content which has been created and sold by expert teachers or partner companies which we trust.

Would you like to become one of our contributors and collaborate with us to create topics?

It’s really simple, all you need to do to use the process in the "Getting Started" document or video to load up your school appropriate content onto the zondle marketplace…. you decide how much you want to charge and the format of the content – and then for every one sold, we pay you part of the revenue! The details of the revenue share are also in the FAQs. Obviously, we need to keep our legal eagles happy, so don’t forget to make sure that you are comfortable with the terms and conditions, before signing them.

Every 90 days (we will aim to do it quicker), we send you your part of the revenue and a breakdown of the sales. You can even see your current and previous sales in your teacher Partner dashboard.  See… I told you it was simple!

To sign up, just click the banner at the top of your logged in home page.

If you do have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us a note on the blog, or email us ( and we will try to come back to you as quickly as we can.

Thank you, stay safe and enjoy every second

The zondle team