Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween pumpkin shoot

zondle's Halloween competition!

A t-shirt for the user with the highest score by Friday night!
zondle loves 'Halloween' - ghosts, ghouls, pumpkins, and best of all 'trick or treat' sweets and candy!

While we go out 'trick or treating' and scaring the neighbours (or neighbors!), we thought you might like to have a go at our BRAND NEW halloween competition.

Can you help the witch to shoot down as many pumpkins as possible, while answering some questions all about Halloween? Click here to play the zondle 'Halloween' competition!

The user with the highest score on Friday night will win a zondle t-shirt and the title "Pumpkin Punisher 2011"!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

How are my learners doing on a particular question?

Today we release a new feature on zondle. Thanks to @BAFDiploma for this suggestion.

The new feature enables you to very quickly see learner progress for a particular question in a zondle topic.

Simply click on the number of questions displayed by topic, click the progress icon next to the question of your choice and you will see a list of progress for your learners.

You can filter by teaching group to see exactly the learners you need.

The players who are struggling the most are listed first so you can quickly see who in your teaching group is having problems with a particular question and focus on helping them to understand it.

This short video gives an introduction to this new feature. Any feedback is, of course, very welcome.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Zondle tools – phoneme / grapheme correspondence

Today we released a new area of zondle called "zondle tools". This area of the site will contain little tools that we have developed for the main zondle site, but which can just as well be used as in-class teaching tools.

The “phoneme picker” is the first of our zondle tools and thank you to @cerirwilliams for suggesting that we make this available. This tool enables you to pick a phoneme and view the grapheme correspondences for it. Then you can drag the graphemes onto the word bar to make words. Clicking on the phonemes or graphemes sounds them out.

If you have any ideas for other tools that you would like to see on this page please let us know.

We hope this is useful and look forward to hearing your feedback.

You can access zondle tools at any time from the “more” menu in the bottom bar of the page.

Click here to try the phoneme picker now.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Help your students to learn how to enter accented characters with zondle’s “type the answer” question type.

Thanks to mpierre38 for your suggestion. We have now added the ability for the “type the answer” question type to accept normal keyboard input for accented characters (e.g. “vous ĂȘtes”).

This should help learners not only to learn the translations for the words, but how to type them as well.

Of course you can always use the “type the translation” question type if you would rather learners didn’t have to know the key combinations. With this question type accents appear as buttons that the user can click.

We have also enabled the “type the answer” question type to be reversible. So now you only have to enter the questions once to ask the learners to translate, for example, English to French and then French to English.

Any feedback would be very welcome.