Saturday, 28 April 2012

US English now 100% supported


Wow, Natalie from Missouri, USA is on fire right now!!!  Having just completed the Spanish translations (a massive and very much appreciated effort!) she has now also completed the US English for zondle too!

Now users in the USA will no longer have to see “favourites” on their home pages.  Zondle has been de-limiefied!

Thank you, thank you Natalie.  You are wonderful and we really appreciate the time and effort that you have so kindly given us.


Spanish translation complete!


Today we are humbled by the heroic efforts of Natalie from Missouri, USA who has completed 100% of the translation of the site into Spanish.

Thank you sooooooo much, this is amazing and will help enable zondle to help many more learners around the world!


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

“Label the diagram” zondle question type released.


Today we are delighted to be finally releasing the long awaited “label the diagram” zondle question type. 

The new zondle interface enables you to quickly upload your image, add labels and save it so that you can get your learners on task quickly and easily.

This feature is still in the zondle labs for the moment as we see how well it works in the real world.  So please do let us know how you get on so that we can make any necessary improvements to it.



The following video goes through the process of creating a question with the “label the diagram” question type.

Thank you for your continued support!


Zondle full-screen game button released

Today we released a feature that we have been asked for on a number of occasions. That is the ability to play the zondle games in full screen mode.

Today we released this feature by means of a button at the bottom of the game play window. Just click it to go into full-screen mode. Click it again to come out of full-screen mode.

Hopefully it will work on all browsers, but we look forward to hearing how you get on.

Thank you @primarypete_ for reminding us about this one!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Zondle launches ‘Code Breakers: phonics’ to support children’s early reading


Zondle, games to support learning, launches its first premium product.

‘Code Breakers: phonics’, the first zondle product under the ‘Code Breakers’ brand, enables teachers and parents to support their children’s early reading. By helping ‘Colin the Chicken’ save the world and playing fun games, children practise the phonics skills they have learned in school, helping them to become confident readers.

Zondle ‘Code Breakers: phonics' is fully adaptive: it constantly monitors the child's progress and sets tasks based on their earlier successes, which ensures the tasks are never too difficult nor too easy. While the children choose from a large range of games to play, in the background the adaptive technology constantly moves the child forward in their phonics until they are secure in all the core English spelling patterns. This builds on what they’ve learned in school and helps them develop their reading and comprehension skills.



‘Code Breakers’ has been designed specifically to enable schools and parents to support children for the UK’s forthcoming ‘Age 6 screening check’. The first game is free. Children just play, while in the background their phonics skills are being assessed. Parents then can choose whether they would like their child to continue through the full ‘Code Breakers: phonics’. There is a 100% money-back/ satisfaction guarantee.

Code Breakers has been beta-tested extensively with teachers, parents and children and has been universally well-received. Pete Richardson, ICT Coordinator at Walton le Dale Primary School said: “This is just what we have been waiting for. Code Breakers allows parents to help their children and supports the work we are doing in school. We’ve got a School Licence which means I can use Code Breakers for homework. The kids just love it!”

Wayne Holmes, zondle’s Director of Education, said “It was vital that ‘Code Breakers: phonics’ met a real need. Many parents are desperate to support their children’s learning of phonics but, because they didn’t do phonics at school, they’re not certain how to go about it. ‘Code Breakers’ takes the guess-work out of it, and parents can be confident that they are using an approach which supports what their child has been doing in school and which has been shown to be successful. The system continuously monitors the child’s progress, to provide a constant process of reinforcement and optimum challenge, all wrapped up in some really fun, highly-motivating games. ‘Code Breakers: phonics’ is just the start. We aim to have a suite of ‘Code Breakers’ products supporting other areas of the curriculum available by the end of 2012.”


Monday, 16 April 2012

New zondle game – “bobble shoot”

We had a request from Natalie’s students in the USA for a bubble shoot style game on zondle because apparently they find it very addictive. So we have created a new game based loosely on this theme. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it and, of course, we look forward to any feedback.

Thank yoooooooou Natalie!!!



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Thursday, 12 April 2012

New feature – Translation overview and quick editing

This morning we released another new translation feature. The translation overview page lists all translatable elements on the zondle site for your language showing whether they have or have not been translated yet. This gives you a quick way to see the sections that need more attention and a single page from which you can translate all site elements if you would rather work that way.

The following video gives a brief introduction.

Zondle in ANY language you like - translating zondle yourself.

The zondle mission is to enable games to support learning anywhere in the world. Of course, this raises language challenges since it would be almost impossible to create a website that supports every language and every regional dialect by translating it ourselves. It would simply be an unsustainable model with a site such as zondle which changes so frequently.

So in a move that we believe to be one of the first we are opening up the translation of the zondle website to you, our users, enabling zondle to support any language and dialect exactly matching the needs of your learners.

You can translate as much or as little of the site as you need. So if you just want your learners to go to the home page and play your topics you just translate those pages.

Translation is easy. You just turn on “translation mode” and little icons appear next to each page element. Clicking on those icons brings up a translation box. You translate the element and click “save”. The translation will be submitted to us for moderation and, if appropriate, we will make it live within 24 hours. Simple!




If you wish, you can also apply to become an official zondle translator. When approved you will have access to translating the site in real time. The process is exactly the same, but if you are a zondle translator the changes you make will be immediately live on the site.

If you would like to apply to become an official zondle translator please contact doug.lapsley@zondle.com.

We’d just like to say a big thank you in advance for helping support learning around the world by translating zondle and making it accessible to learners everywhere.

The following video shows the process of translating the site to get you up and running.

Friday, 6 April 2012

New feature - Quickly add multiple students to your class / grade

At zondle we are always trying to find ways to make it quicker and easier to get your learners on task. A big part of this is setting up your teaching group / class / grade.

Previously on zondle you could add learners individually or send us a spreadsheet of your learners for us to import.

Today we are pleased to release the new interface for adding learners to zondle. Now you can add batches of up to 10 learners at a time quickly and easily getting immediate feedback and a spreadsheet of logins created.

This video shows how it works and should get you up and running within a few minutes.

We hope this is helpful and thank you again to the zondle community for all the fantastic feedback that has led us to this development.


Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Changing student passwords

Today we added a new feature that enables you to change your students’ passwords yourself. The following video goes through how this works.

Thank you to the zondle community for suggesting this! Tomorrow we start work on more enhancements to the process of organising your learners which will hopefully make life easier for you as a teacher. What a great job to have :-)