Monday, 29 April 2013

zondle is launching a crowd-funding campaign!

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zondle is launching a crowd-funding campaign!
Dear zondle friend,

We are writing with some exciting news!

In 10 days’ time (May 9), zondle is launching a crowd-funding campaign, to enable us to develop zondle content especially for our rapidly-growing community of users in the US: zondle Common Core.

Why is this worth supporting?
  1. We’ll use every dollar raised to pay expert teachers to create Common Core questions for students to play in zondle games!
  2. We’ll donate for FREE a zondle Common Core pack (approximately 1,000 questions) to anyone who has pledged $25 (more if you pledge more and lots of other goodies)!
  3. We’ll donate for FREE the complete set of zondle Common Core packs to 20 of the most disadvantaged school districts across the US!
I’m interested. What should I do now?
  • Our campaign begins on May 6th on Indiegogo. As soon as it’s possible to make a pledge, we’ll let you know.
  • Click here to read all about the campaign.
  • Please forward this email to anyone who you think might be interested in helping.
Thanks as ever for your fantastic support!

Ben, Doug and Wayne
PS If you would like to be one of the teachers paid to create or to proof-read zondle Common Core Math or ELA content, please email Ben Barton.
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Thursday, 18 April 2013

zondle selected for SIIA Incubator in San Francisco

Today we are delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of 10 companies to participate at the SIIA Incubator in San Francisco, May 5-7.

As always we would like to thank the zondle community for getting us there. It’s time to put Ben on a plane again!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

New basic quiz games released with support for all question types.

From time to time we have been asked if we have a basic quiz which supports all the different question types and believe it or not the answer was actually no.  This was just because the basic quiz games were developed as early stage feasibility studies.  However, they have proved very popular and so today we address this issue with the release of three styles of basic quiz that work in the same way, but vary a little in look and feel.

These are the game icons:

 ...and here are some screen shots:

The following video shows how these work.  We look forward to any feedback!

Friday, 12 April 2013

New feature: Change the zollars for a whole class of students at once

Today we are pleased to release a new feature that we get asked for quite a lot.  This is the ability to change the zollars for a whole class of students at the same time.

Typically this might be useful for resetting the zollars for students so that if there are some students who are a very long way ahead of others it evens the playing field again.

You can also use this to handicap the better performing students much like in a game of golf by allocating all students the same amount of zollars and then individually setting the zollars for the stronger students lower than this amount and the weaker students higher than this amount.

The following video explains how you use this new feature.  We look forward to any feedback and thank you for your support :)

Monday, 8 April 2013

zondle Mobile released on Kindle Fire HD

Today we are delighted to announce that we now also deliver the zondle Mobile app on the Kindle Fire HD via Amazon.  Our aim is to make zondle available to as many learners as possible.  This capable entry level tablet has a price point of just £159 making it ideal for home or classroom use.

Amazon say this about the Kindle Fire HD for use with children:

Parental Controls
Protect your kids with easy-to-use Parental Controls. Simply add a password in the settings menu to restrict access to web browsing, content purchasing, or your Kindle Fire content libraries.
Built Tough
Kindle Fire HD is designed to stand up to accidental bumps and scrapes. Our state-of-the art display is 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, so you can let your child play, without worry.
Beloved Kids' Movies and Shows
Amazon for Kids also includes a selection of thousands TV shows your children want to watch, with episodes from Bob the BuilderThomas the Tank Engine and many more.
Ebooks for Fun and Education
Explore ebooks featuring beloved characters. Flip through picture books including Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mr. Men and Little Miss series. Discover hundreds of ebooks includingMaisyDuck and GooseElmoBig Nate, titles from Sandra Boynton (Moo, Baa, La La La!), and more.
The Best Games for Kids
Featuring a great selection of children's games like Drawing PadA Day at the Circus andThe Cat In the Hat - Dr. Seuss, and popular early development games like Kids Learn to 

The following video shows you how to get zondle installed on your Kindle Fire HD.  Don’t forget that zondle Mobile is best used in conjunction with the main zondle websiteCreate your own topics for your students to play on their Kindle Fire HD.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

New zondle Mobile app released on Android

Yesterday we submitted the new version of the mobile app to the stores.  The app will be available on:

iOS for iPhone, iPads etc - in review with Apple
Android - live now here 
Kindle Fire HD - in review with Amazon

We are pleased to say that the new app is now available on Google Play here.

If you like it please help us by giving a good review.  Thank you so much for your support :)

This release, designed specifically for students of all ages, is a significant upgrade.  The new app includes a host of new features as follow:

- Improved stability 
- Improved and more responsive interface 
- Improved login and sign-up 
- Improved progress saving 
- New or improved menus: 
-- Topics my teacher has set me 
-- My favourite topics 
-- My friends' topics (new) 
-- Search for topics 
-- My zondle Extras 
-- zondle Extras (new) 
-- my folders 
-- my badges (new) 
-- leaderboard (new) 
-- my zollars (new) 
-- zondle Team Play remote 
-- support 
- New or improved question types: 
-- Q&A 
-- multiple choice 
-- True/False 
-- statements 
-- click the letters to spell the word 
-- click the missing word 
-- text or image multiple choice (new) 
-- sequencing (new) 
- New games 
-- Bee Bobble Basher 
-- Cow Cakes 
- Improved game start and end screens 
- View progress, at game end (new) 

Here are a few screen grabs for you:

We hope you and your students enjoy the new app and we look forward to your feedback.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Overview of the new zondle Mobile app, soon to be released

The zondle mobile app is about to be released. This video shows you the new features of the app.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Preview of "Cow Cakes", a new game coming soon on zondle Mobile

As you may be aware we are currently re-building zondle Mobile from the ground up.  Just for fun we thought we would add a few more games at the same time.  This video introduces "Cow Cakes" one of the new games that we're developing right now.