Tuesday, 27 November 2012

zondlescape 027 zondle Team Play event -
live video stream!

Dear colleague, 

zondle Team Play event - live video stream!

As you might have seen in a previous zondlescape, tomorrow (Wednesday, November 28) we will be hosting an event all about zondle Team Play, with Dr Paul Howard-Jones of MBESC (Centre for Mind and Brain in Educational and Social Contexts) at Bristol University.


zondle Team Play

The good and bad news is that the event is now full, but hopefully you will still be able to participate! With the nights drawing in (in the northern hemisphere at least) what could be better than curling up with your computer and watching a live video stream of our event?

So, if you would like to watch the live video stream (fingers crossed!), please visit www.zondle.com/tv at 17.00 hours GMT (that's 5.00 o'clock tomorrow evening, Wednesday November 28, UK local time).

The event will be introduced by Wayne (our Director of Education), who will briefly introduce zondle. And then Dr Paul Howard-Jones, one of the UK's leading 'neuroscience in education' researchers, will tell us about the research (such as 'uncertain rewards') that led to the development of zondle Team Play.

Paul will also be leading a live demonstration of zondle Team Play (they'll be a few places available for our international audience to get directly involved) and will show us how Team Play can best be used in the classroom.

Hope to see you there! Please do email us if you do watch the stream, and we'd also love to read your comments!
 

Did you know? Whole-class and whole-school uploads.

Did you know that you can easily give groups of students (whole classes or even schools) access to zondle, without having to enter names one at a time?

All you need to do is download and copy your students into this Excel spreadsheet, then send it to zondle and we do the rest! All we need is a username for each student that you and they recognise (for eSafety reasons, we don't need real names or email addresses). You can even include multiple teaching groups and the teachers' names.

Alternatively, use the zondle student organiser interface to set up a teaching group, and send the access code to your students. When they then log in using the code, they'll automatically be placed in your class.

Click here for a video about importing your school data into zondle.
 


Thanks as ever for your fantastic support!

Ben, Doug and Wayne
ZONDLE

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Zollars leaderboards released!



We always get asked about zollars and what they are for.  Well the simple answer is that there hasn’t been anything to do with them until now.  We will, in time, add loads of things that you can do with your zollars, but as a start point today we released the zollars leaderboard.

Students just click on the “leaderboard” item on their homepage and they will see their classmates and the number of zollars that each of them has.



Teachers click on their zollars at the top of the home page and they will see the zollar leaderboard for their students.



Hopefully this is fun and please do just let us know how you get on.

zondle Chrome app released



We know that many of your students are using Chromebooks or use Chrome as your browser and so to make your lives easier today we release the Chrome app for zondle.



You’ll find the zondle Chrome app in the Chrome store.



We may look at using OpenID for authentication when we have had feedback on how the app is being used and if we deem it appropriate, but for now you just use your normal zondle username and password.

This quick video shows how to install it to your Chrome apps start page.


We hope this is useful and, of course, any feedback is most welcome.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

zondlescape 026
New zondle Packs for GCSE languages,
and new 'add questions from existing topics'!

Dear colleague, 

We hope your term is going well and that the run up to the holiday period is lots of fun! 

This week we are very pleased to be able to tell you about our new zondle Packs for French, Mandarin and Latin GCSE (all the vocabulary your students need to help them prepare for their exams) and about our new ‘add questions from existing topics’ feature!




New! zondle Packs for test and exam preparation. 

You can now purchase GCSE languages zondle Packs for French, Latin and Mandarin. These Packs are closely based on the GCSE specifications and have been verified by experts. They’re perfect for games-based learning vocabulary acquisition.
  • All the vocabulary from the GCSE OCR French, Latin and Mandarin syllabuses (more languages and exam boards coming soon).
  • Students can play and practise small sets of vocabulary in any of zondle's 50+ games so they keep coming back for more!
  • Students can also play the vocabulary in our FREE mobile app (iOS and Android) so they can revise on the go!
  • The topics can also be played in zondle Team Play for whole-class vocabulary learning.
  • Progress reporting enables teachers to identify which students are putting in the time and who needs additional support.
  • With prices starting from £2.49 for an individual licence and £24.99 for an annual school licence, these are some of the best value vocabulary resources available today!
  • Includes free 'starter Packs' so you can see how they work!
You can find out more about these new zondle Packs on the new zondle Marketplace.
zondle Marketplace
Please note that, apart from these optional new expert-generated zondle Packs, the core zondle remains free and always will be!

 
New! 'add questions from existing topics'.

It’s always been possible to copy and amend topics made by other users. Now you can quickly build your own topics by adding questions from your other topics, your friends’ topics or your students’ topics - all with a simple click! 

In our all-new speedy ‘edit topic’ interface, click the ‘add questions from existing topics’ button. Then you can choose a topic, drill down to the questions, and add any of them to your own topic. Quicker topic building, using the best questions around, and with much less effort!



Add questions from existing topic

Why not ask your students all to create their own questions around your current classroom topic (which could be an excellent learning opportunity as they consolidate their knowledge)? Then you can 'merge' their best questions into a single class zondle topic for your students to play and practise, and to share with users from around the world!

Click here for a video about the new ‘edit topic’ interface and about adding questions from existing topics.

 

 
Did you know? Whole-class and whole-school uploads.

Did you know that you can easily give groups of students (whole classes or even schools) access to zondle, without having to enter names one at a time?

All you need to do is download and copy your students into this Excel spreadsheet, then send it to zondle and we do the rest! All we need is a username for each student that you and they recognise (for eSafety reasons, we don't need real names or email addresses). You can even use this second Excel spreadsheet to include multiple teaching groups and the teachers' names.

Alternatively, use the zondle student organiser interface to set up a teaching group, and send the access code to your students. When they then log in using the code, they'll automatically be placed in your class.


Click here for a video about importing your school data into zondle



Thanks as ever for your fantastic support!

Ben, Doug and Wayne
ZONDLE

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Topic Merging released!

One thing that has been asked for frequently as a feature on zondle is that ability to merge questions from one topic into another.  Today we are delighted to say that this can now be done.

The following video explains how this works:



Friday, 16 November 2012

New question entry interface released!

Today we release a new version of the question entry interface.  You'll recognise many of the layouts for the question types that you use, but we have revamped the way that the code works behind the scenes to make your experience significantly faster and more streamlined.



The new interface makes it easier to find what you need by breaking down the question types into categories.  Expand your area of interest and you'll find the most commonly used question types.


When you select your question type you'll notice that the question entry is now done in the same window.  This gives more space to work.


The currently selected question type is shown in the title bar of the window and you can just click "change" at any time to change your question type.

Next time you click "add question" zondle will remember the question type you previously selected so that you don't have to select it again.

We have also removed the games from appearing automatically as this was putting people off.  Instead now you just click on "show games" when you wish to try your questions in a game. 

Behind the scenes the code is a lot lighter, so you should find the experience much faster.  We look forward to hearing how you get on!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

FREE CPD: Teaching and learning through whole-class games with zondle Team Play

zondle is excited to be able to offer you a FREE CPD opportunity with M-BESC (Centre for Mind and Brain in Educational & Social Contexts) at the University of Bristol.

The session is Teaching and learning through whole-class games with zondle Team Play and will be presented Dr Paul Howard-Jones (M-BESC) and Wayne Holmes (zondle). It's being held on Wednesday 28th November (5.00 pm - 7.00 pm) at Bristol University Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA 

For a downloadable PDF of these details, please click here.


zondle Team Play: 
  • a FREE tool for teachers that can transform almost any lesson in any subject into an immersive game experience, creating intense engagement, supporting learning and generating lots of fun 
  • applies our understanding about the brain’s reward and memory processes
  • comes with over 12,000 ready-made topics and enables you to create your own 
  • can connect a whole class through their own Internet enabled devices 
  • is suitable for primary, secondary and higher education 

This event will present the research undertaken at M-BESC from which zondle Team Play was developed, and will provide you with a practical introduction to using Team Play in your classroom or lecture theatre. 

If you would like to attend, please register at www.zondle.eventbrite.com OR email ben.barton@zondle.com by Friday 9th November. 

Please note that is anticipated that this event will be greatly oversubscribed and there will be a waiting list. If you are allocated a place but are unable to attend, please inform us immediately, so that someone else can have your place. 


zondle Team Play: whole-class teaching with games informed by neuroscience. 

“To say the children enjoyed their first go at zondle Team Play would be an understatement!” Dawn Hallybone, Year 5 teacher

“Highly stimulating and motivational!” post-graduate masters student 

“…it was clear from the class I attended that this method engages children. There is growing evidence that it also encourages them to learn more.” Matthew Taylor, RSA Chief Executive, previously Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. 

Find out more about zondle Team Play on www.zondle.com, or listen to BBC Radio 4 coverage on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017cfkq and http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sxgs6.ben.barton@zondle.com