Sunday, 27 November 2011

How good a Santa are you??

So today you are Santa! How many prezzies can you drop down the chimneys of all the houses as you do your Christmas rounds?

Compete against your friends and we will announce the winner on Boxing day! Click below to see how good you are.


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Zondle is actually a geek



Following a substantial increase in user numbers on zondle in recent months we have been working very hard behind the scenes to make sure that zondle is always available for you.

Today we moved over to a much more advanced hosting setup which will take zondle on to the next level. It has been a very complicated process, so please do let us know if you experience anything odd over the coming days.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the zondle community.

Without you zondle is nothing and we are very appreciative of all your feedback, support and loyalty to us as we step forward.

Thank you!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Recycling zondles!

Today we release a long awaited feature on zondle. The Recycle bin in the school designer.

This is such a simple thing, but now means that you can remove teachers and learners from your school by simply dragging them into the recycle bin in the school designer.

The following video shows how this works.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Zondle Direct link login released!

Due to quite a number of requests we have now developed the direct link login feature on zondle.

Basically this feature enables you to download a list of web links that you can hand out to your learners.

They then just click on the web link and are logged directly into zondle.

The following video explains how to set this feature up and get your learners on task even more quickly.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Halloween Competition Winner!!!

Zondle logo - games to support learning

Congratulations to Rubia Khan who shot down more pumpkins than any other zondle user last week. The game was a tricky one so we are especially impressed with Rubia's score of more than 100 pumpkins shot down. A t-shirt is on it's way to you next week.


Well done Rubia!

Remember you can still play the Halloween Pumpkin Shoot game using your own topic. Try it here.

PS Watch out for more competitions as we head towards Christmas!


Wednesday, 2 November 2011

zondle @Oakdale School


Oakdale School – year 5 Zondle Day!

Zondle were asked by the amazing Dawn Hallybone (@dawnhallybone) to come to her school in South Woodford to talk to the Year 5s about zondle and to create some topics around Space and some games too! We had such a great time that we had to blog about the experience as soon as possible (on the Central Line!).

Before the day, we received a bundle of Year 5 pictures in the post which were quickly scanned and put into the zondle builder so children could create games using their own characters and backgrounds.

How the day went
Preparation
We worked with 3 different classes (5P, 5T and 5H) for 1.5 hours each. The session started by thinking about the sorts of questions you could put into zondle. We explored why ‘bigger’ questions – Why is there Space? might not work so well in zondle as we needed a question AND an answer for these games.

It was useful that the children had worked on zondle before so they knew the basics of multiple choice and true and false questions.

After the children had written between 3 and 5 questions we raced (walked quietly) to the ICT suite where the children worked in pairs.

Logging on and creating topics
Once the children had logged on we moved them through the ‘create a topic’ section where they named the topic and then keyed in the questions, answers and wrong answers (distractors) into the zondle interface.

Some of the discussion around questions and distractors was amazing:
      You can’t say Buzz Lightyear was the first man in space that’s just silly…
      No, it’s one of the wrong answers, I put Neil Armstrong

My favourite question was: Would you fall through Jupiter? Yes, No, Kind Of!

Encouraging the children to think about writing questions for children in Year 3 really helped them to focus on the type of questions that were at the right level and had the right sort of incorrect answers.

It was incredible how much the children knew about space including what atmospheres were like on Jupiter and Mars, how many gas giants there were in our Solar System and what was the first animal into space.

Creating Games
We then worked step by step through the ‘create a game’ process starting with naming the game and adding a background – including some brilliant space backgrounds we had prepared earlier.

Children could then search for characters (including their own) to add to the background. It was amazing how the children ensured that everyone in the group had a character in the game.

Using the animation tool we showed the class how to move, resize and rotate (very good space topic word) the characters as part of the Introduction animation.

It was at this stage that the groups’ own knowledge and ability took flight and given the tools they then began to work on their reward animations.

Whoops!
Despite a slight glitch when some were logged out without saving (zondle’s fault – sorry) we created some amazing games with fantastic reward animations that the children could then play at the end of the session.

Hats Off and Thanks
Hats off to Lewis’ amazing animation of a character drifting off into the Sun before disappearing. It was very atmospheric.

Hats off too to Cassius who finally taught me how to score a goal on Penalty Shoot Out.

Thanks Dawn and everyone at Oakdale for making us feel so welcome and working so hard in Space this Wednesday. The children should all feel very proud at being able to develop so many great topics and wonderful games. The teachers were so helpful with the children and kept it all on track plus they were very comfortable when the 9 year old was the ‘expert’. Amazing!