Saturday, 30 November 2013

New feature: Setting folders of resources to students!

Today we release a new feature which enables teachers to set folders of resources to students. 

This is ideal if you wish to have passages of text for your students to read before playing zondle topics, or if you just have some images or audio that relates to a module you’re working on and need an easy way to share that with your students as they work on zondle.

All content is moderated.

The following video shows how it works.  

We look forward to hearing how you get on and any feedback you may have :)

Friday, 29 November 2013

zondle Mobile update submitted to the stores

Version 2.307 of the zondle Mobile app has just been submitted to the stores.  This includes the long awaited feature enabling you to limit the number of times that students can play your topics.  It should be live for Android over the next few hours.  On iOS and Kindle Fire HD it will be live when they have reviewed and approved the update.  That normally take a week or two.

Christmas games released. zondle Team play Christmas edition and a casual game (just for some fun)

It's approaching that time of year again when Santa drops presents down the chimneys of all the good boys and girls around the world.  Just for some fun you can play at being Santa and see how many presents you can drop down the chimneys:

As a teacher you might want to add a little fun to your classroom during the festive period with our special zondle Team Play Christmas edition.  This is now available from within your zondle account to play with any multiple choice topic you like.  Here is a sample we have put together just for fun:

We hope you have fun and thank you as always for supporting zondle!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

New feature: Limit the number of times students can play a topic

We’ve had a fair bit of feedback recently from teachers asking to be able to limit the number of times that a student can play a topic.  This comes up because sometimes students will play a topic they know very well repeatedly for the purpose of gaining zollars and meant that they were not always playing all the topics that teachers had set to them.

Today we have resolved this for you by enabling you to limit the number of game plays available for a topic that has been set.  This video explains how it all works.

We hope this is useful and look forward to any feedback.  Thank you :)

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Quick reference showing all the different question types supported by zondle

We had some feedback today saying that it would be great if there was a list somewhere which showed all the different question types supported on zondle.  So we've created that in our support section for quick reference:

zondle question types

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Welcome to our new zondle affiliate "The Kitah Beis Cafe"

Today we are delighted to be able to welcome "The Kitah Beis Cafe" to the zondle Affiliate Program.  Literacy is at the heart of what we do and we are delighted that zondle provides such a unique resource to Judaic Studies.

If you would like to find out more about joining the zondle Affiliate program please do just get in touch.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

zondle Raspberry Pi game programming kit released!

We are always looking for new ways to help the next generation to learn.  One of the things we've been watching closely (and having a bit of a play with ourselves) is the wonderful Raspberry Pi.  This palm sized computer is very inexpensive and plugs into just about any screen.  It can be used for anything from monitoring air quality to programming games making it an ideal and accessible way of getting into programming.

I (Dougi) haven't been as excited about opening a parcel since I unpacked my Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k all those years back.  It really is such an exciting bit of kit.

So we have built a game programming kit for the Raspberry Pi which enables you and your students to play the zondle topics you create on the main zondle website in a game written on a Raspberry Pi.

It is, of course, free to use.  You can get the kit here.

Here are some videos showing how it all works.

Overview of the zondle Raspberry Pi game programming kit

Programming the Moo Town game with the zondle Raspberry Pi game programming kit

We hope this is fun and look forward to seeing what you and your students create!