We have been asked quite frequently to support accents in some of the typing question types on zondle Mobile and we're pleased to say that in the next release we will be supporting accented letters in the following question types on zondle Mobile.
- Type the answer
- Type the translation
- Type the missing word
This video gives you a quick overview of how it will all work once the new version of the app is live in the stores.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
The zondle Teacher Goodies have been very popular, so we're rolling them out on the zondle Mobile platform over the next week or so. Here is a preview of how it works:
Posted by Doug at 12:06
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
We are pleased to announce the release of zondle Common Core Math (Grade 4). This brand new zondle Pack contains more than 600 questions for teachers to choose from when delivering Common Core Math to their Grade 4 students.
Zondle has been working with expert teachers in the
to develop resources that meet the needs of schools delivering the Common Core.
For Grade 4 Math (there are more grades on the way), these teachers have created
zondle topics (sets of questions) for EACH standard. All you need to do is to
choose the standard that you would like your students to play in games, or
which you would like to assess. USA
And don’t forget, with zondle, there’s absolutely no marking!
How it works
2. Choose the standard that you want your students to engage with, and set them the appropriate zondle topic(s) – either for playing in games or for summative assessment.
3. Children play the topics you’ve set them in any one of zondle's games on the web and mobile, or they answer the questions in a summative assessment.
4. No marking!
5. Teachers can review student progress in the grade book (including weakest questions and progress over time).
Another NEW Feature! All zondle topics can now be printed as a worksheet (includes an answers sheet for teachers).
Click here to download a FREE starter pack (so you can check out exactly what’s included). And remember, if you purchase on zondle, we have a no-quibble 100% money-back guarantee!
Click here purchase zondle Common Core Math (Grade 4) in Edmodo. Visit Math and then search for zondle Common Core.
zondle is a unique web and mobile platform that empowers teachers, engages students and enhances learning. Among many other features, teachers can create games to match exactly their teaching aims (any subject, any level, any language) and their students’ learning needs (to consolidate classroom learning, for formative or summative assessment, or to prepare for high‐stakes tests and examinations).
Posted by Doug at 16:15
We often get asked about superscript and subscript and until now adding these elements to questions has been a little tricky. Today we have released a quick and easy way to add them.
Please note that we can’t guarantee correct display of superscript and subscripts because display is dependent on the target device supporting the characters, but this is as close as we can get at this point in time.
This video shows how this works.
Posted by Doug at 13:02
Monday, 21 October 2013
We're pleased to say that Apple have now approved the latest update to the zondle Mobile app on iOS. This includes edmodo login and the long awaited summative assessment!
Posted by Doug at 08:45
Saturday, 19 October 2013
It's that time of year when the evenings start to darken earlier and the spirits start to rise. Yes, it's Halloween soon, and we have just launched this year's zondle Halloween competition.
Posted by Doug at 07:50
Friday, 18 October 2013
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Today we submitted an update to the stores which has the following updates:
- Added support for summative assessment
- Added support for login with edmodo for "connect to zondle" edmodo app users
- Added "hear again" buttons for some question types
- Improved quit game functionality
Android: Submitted and should be live over the next few hours.
iOS: Submitted for review which normally takes a week or so. You will get an update message on your devices when it releases.
Kindle Fire HD: Submitted for review which normally takes a couple of weeks
Posted by Doug at 13:14
Sunday, 13 October 2013
zondle has had many requests to support summative assessment, formally assessing what your students know, and today we are happy to make that possible!
Now, when you set topics to your students, you can choose whether the students get to play the topic in games (for formative assessment) or whether it is for summative assessment. Setting it as summative assessment means that students only get to answer the questions in a non-game format, they only get one chance, and there’s no in-game prompting.
You could use this new functionality to assess students’ prior knowledge, before teaching a topic, or to assess what they have learned after you have taught something.
(play in games)
Set to students
View results in the grade book
Choice of games
Ability for students to view questions
Ability for students to play more than once
In game prompting
Show the answer button
For a step-by-step guide to using zondle summative assessments please see this video:
Finally, a word from our Head of Education, Wayne Holmes, comparing formative and summative assessments:
There has been much written about formative and summative assessment in recent years. Perhaps the most helpful analogy is by Paul Black: “Formative assessment is like the chef tasting the soup (and then adding to it to improve the flavour). Summative assessment is like the customer tasting the soup.”
At zondle we believe that our chef’s approach to tasting soup, formative assessment within fun gameplay, enhances the learning experience for children, helping them to consolidate their learning, and so we will continue to develop this as an essential part of the teaching and learning process.
But now being able to set topics for summative assessment allows you to review your student’s progress at the end of a body of work, or at the end of the term or school year, allowing you to feedback to parents, senior leadership and external bodies about students’ progress - without any marking!
As always, many thanks to our users for telling us exactly how they want this to work. We hope that you find zondle summative assessments useful - but please don’t hesitate to tell us how we can improve it!
Posted by Doug at 08:50
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
zondle moves forward daily. Some things can be updated without interruption to service, but occasionally we need to restart servers and this leads to a few minutes when we're offline.
We do our very best to manage this and minimise interruption by choosing times when as few people as possible are online.
We schedule updates that will include interruption of service and display the red text at the top right of your home page to ensure you always know what's going on.
Click on the red text and you will see a list of time zones so that you can work out what time the interruption of service will be where you are.
Thank you for your patience and support.
Posted by Doug at 14:09
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
We’ve been adding so many features to zondle recently that things were starting to get a little confusing. So we have now re-designed the menus at the top of the teacher console to make them more rational and easier to use.
This video shows what we’ve done and where everything now is. We hope this is helpful and look forward to any feedback.
Posted by Doug at 13:43
Saturday, 5 October 2013
This is an exciting one for us. The ability for students in two totally separate classrooms, anywhere in the world to come together and play an educational game in real time over video link up.
Why not take e-twinning to the next level? Connect with a school on the other side of the world, discuss how life is for you where you live and hear what it’s like for them and then play a real time game with BYOD tech between the classrooms. Oh, and it’s not just a game, it’s an educational game rooted in neuroscience research.
Here is how it works:
Posted by Doug at 15:15
Today we are pleased to announce the release of more detail teacher profiles and teacher search to enable you to find teachers on zondle who teach the same subjects and ages so that you can easily connect and share topics.
Simply update your teacher profile including the subject you teach and the age groups you teach and you will become searchable to other teachers. This video shows how that works:
Posted by Doug at 15:05
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Today we are delighted to announce that we have added teacher discussion and support forums to zondle.
This feature, only available to teachers, enables teachers to get quick, transparent support in real time from the zondle team and other teachers who are using zondle. The forum is somewhere between a forum and a chat system, so as you post to the forum everyone viewing the posts will get a real time update.
This video shows how it works. We look forward to any feedback. :)
Posted by Doug at 07:58
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Today we're pleased to say that we've made finding user guides on zondle easier to find by re-arranging the support section with a new menu structure. We will be continuing to improve the way we support users over the coming week or two, so watch this space.
Posted by Doug at 10:12
Today we have released more backgrounds in the "customise* my page" area of the student console. We look forward to seeing some of the pages students create. Why not share the funkier student page designs your with us on twitter (@zondle). Please remove the username from any images uploaded :)
*We're in the UK, hence the crazy lack of zzzzzzz
*We're in the UK, hence the crazy lack of zzzzzzz
Posted by Doug at 07:11