Friday, 25 October 2013

Preview of accent support on zondle Mobile

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

Preview of the up-coming Teacher Goodies on zondle Mobile

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:

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Common Core Math (Grade 4) zondle Pack released!

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 USA 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.

And don’t forget, with zondle, there’s absolutely no marking!

How it works

1.      Purchase zondle Common Core Math (Grade 4) on the zondle Extras Marketplace or via Edmodo.

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.

About zondle

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).

New easy to add superscript and subscript for your zondle questions

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.

Monday, 21 October 2013

New feature! Printing zondle topics!

One feature that we’ve been asked for quite a bit on zondle is the ability to print topics for offline use in class.  We have now enabled this and the following video shows how that works.

zondle Mobile 2.305 is now available on iOS (including summative assessment)!

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!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Oooo, scary, it's the zondle Halloween competition!

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.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Improved "topics my teacher has set me" list!

To make it even easier for your students to get on task quickly we have re-designed the “topics my teacher has set me” list.  This video shows how it all works.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

zondle Mobile update submitted to the stores

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

Sunday, 13 October 2013

zondle launches summative assessment!

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.

Key changes

Formative assessment
(play in games)
Summative assessment
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!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

New scheduled maintenance update notifications so you know exactly what's going on.

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.

We've improved the zollars leaderboards!

The zollar leaderboards have always been very popular.  Today they got a facelift to make them more powerful and easier to use.

This video shows what we’ve done :)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

New, easier to use, teacher console released!

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.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

New feature: Play zondle Team Play between schools anywhere in the world, in real time!

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:

New feature: Teacher profiles and teacher search released!

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:

Thursday, 3 October 2013

zondle teacher discussion and support forums released!

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.  :)

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Support just got better on zondle :)

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.

More backgrounds added for students to customise* their experience

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