Tuesday, 11 November 2014

gradebook Live - real time student monitoring

Today we are delighted to announce the release of zondle gradebook Live (beta).

Gradebook Live (beta) enables you to monitor your students’ achievements in real time, while they play zondle games. You can easily see which students might need additional support and which questions the whole class are finding difficult.

Gradebook Live (beta) works with games on both the main website and on the mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Gradebook Live (beta) is now active on your account for FREE. This is a time limited offer with no obligation.

The following video shows you everything you need to get up and running.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Behaviour rewards

Have your students played the zondle Halloween game?

Just for fun we've created a zondle Halloween competition game that your students can play.  How many pumpkins can they shoot?  Click the image below to play or ask students to click the banner at the top of the zondle home page.  Good luck!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

zollars leaderboard

zondle hits 1,000,000 registered users

We are very proud to announce that yesterday, at 14:46PM EST (19:46 GMT), zondle gained its 1 millionth registered user! 

It has been a wonderful journey to get to this milestone and we are very grateful to the teachers and students who have taken zondle to their hearts, helping us grow such a fantastic community of zondle users. 

It seems that our approach – enabling teachers to create and share games to support learning, teaching and assessment, enabling students to play the questions in any games of their choosing, and grounding everything in high quality education, psychology and neuroscience research – is really meeting a need in classrooms worldwide. 

What is also fantastic is how zondle is being used both in the classroom and at home, on computers, interactive whiteboards and mobile devices, for homework and preparation for tests... and in many more ways besides. Together, students have answered more than 160 million questions (15 million in the last month alone) which shows that zondle is fast becoming part of the fabric of the classroom. 

So what's next? 

Well, as we continue to grow, we are developing (because teachers have asked us to!) an exciting range of premium features that we will be releasing over the next few months. The first one is already available as a free trial: school settings Plus, enabling teachers to have even more control over how their students use zondle. Watch this space for future features! 

The zondle Marketplace is growing too with English as a Foreign Language content, senior school Science and Computing coming on stream over the next few weeks. A current favourite in the Marketplace is the fantastic music content developed by a teacher (under the username LearnATune) especially for other teachers. 

Thank you so much for all your support for zondle! We really do appreciate it and look forward to receiving any feedback to help us make zondle even better for you and your students. 

Here’s looking forward to the next one million new members of the fantastic zondle community!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Creating a topic with the new zondle interface

A quick overview showing how to create a topic in the new zondle interface.

The new zondle site is out of beta!

Today we are delighted to say that we are bringing the new zondle site out of beta.  It will be the default site layout that you see when you log into zondle from now on.  You can still go back to the original interface by clicking the “original interface” button in the top bar. 

There are, of course, still many things that we’d like to implement in the new version, so we will continue to work hard to bring more of your fantastic suggestions into production.  

Thank you all very much for your feedback and help in designing the new zondle.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

We’ve added Google + sign in to zondle

Today we’re delighted to announce that we have added Google + sign in to zondle.  Now students with Google accounts can quickly and easily get on task with zondle.
  • Link an existing zondle account with your Google + login
  • Students can create a new account instantly with your Google + login and have the first and last names of your students populate automatically so that you don’t have to import them
  • Students can enter a class code when they create their zondle account via Google + signin to link directly with your class.

Google + sign in is available to both teachers and students.

New public home page and sign up process released

We’ve been working hard at zondle to make everything as easy as possible for you.  On Saturday we released the latest version of our home page and sign up process.

Creating accounts has never been easier for your students.  The new home page includes real time checking for username and emails and a quicker and easier layout.

Any feedback is, of course, most welcome :)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Yes, it's true, we're releasing a totally new version of zondle!

Yes, it's true, we're releasing a
totally new version of zondle!

Hopefully you'll find it a lot faster and easier to use with some great new features.

Before we officially release the new zondle interface we would love you to have a go and let us know how you get on.

The new site is in beta so there may still be a few bugs and a few parts of the site that are still to be completed.

To try the new site just log in as normal and click on the link at the top of the page.  You will be taken to the new interface.  You can go back to the original interface at any time.

We will be running both interfaces side by side for some time to come so that you can get used to the new interface before we move over to it.  If you have any suggestions then please do just get in touch.

There are a number of load of new features in the beta interface which we will tweet from @zondle and blog about over the coming weeks.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Fantastic new "ABRSM Grade 3 Music Theory" zondle Pack released

Today we are delighted to release the latest in a series of musical zondle Packs created by the wonderful @learnatune.  "ABRSM Grade 3 Music Theory" complements the other packs in this area:

Music Theory Maestro
ABRSM Grade 1 Music Theory
ABRSM Grade 2 Music Theory
ABRSM Grade 3 Music Theory
ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory
GCSE Music Revision (AQA)

So if you are a music teacher then be sure to check out these great resources.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Thanks to Michele Freeman for this great zondle presentation

We are always really flattered and pleased when people help spread the word about zondle by presenting it to colleagues.  Today we had an email from Michele with the following presentation and we thought it would be great to share it with you all.  Thank you Michele for your help and support which is greatly appreciated :)

Download the PowerPoint presentation here


Thursday, 24 July 2014

A big welcome to our new zondle affiliate Arabic with Nadia

Today we are delighted to welcome Arabic language learning website www.arabicwithnadia.com as a new zondle affiliate

Check out Nadia's site for all things Arabic.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Now it’s even easier for teachers to join your school with “Teacher Join Codes”.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get your teaching colleagues up and running in your zondle school and we’ve always felt that the way we were doing things was a little clunky. So today we have released a new feature to make it really nice and easy to get other teachers in your school up and running on zondle.

Teacher Join Codes can be entered by a new or existing teacher to join your school. Simply unlock the school, hand out the Teacher Join Code to other teachers in your school and when they go to add their students they will be able to enter it and be added to your school instantly.

 This video explains how it works:

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Great new "ABRSM Grade 2 Music Theory" zondle Pack released!

We are delighted that our wonderful partner LearnATune has just added yet another great zondle Pack to the zondle Marketplace.  Here is the description:

"Learn or teach music theory the fun way with sets of questions playable in games and printable workbooks including colourful summarised topic notes and written worksheets. Play games like Bat The Rat, Space Destroyer or Penalty Shootout on a PC or mobile/tablet and track scores automatically in a Gradebook.

Available with both student and teacher licences, the latter allows both one-on-one and school teachers to set up a class (or classes) in any way they wish (level, age, instrument etc.), add an unlimited number of students and keep track of their progress in the Gradebook. The inclusion of zondle's popular zondle Team Play is great for interactive whole class lessons, where students view colourful summarised tutorial slides and split into teams to answer the quiz questions.

This pack is based on the ABRSM grade 2 syllabus and builds on the topics learnt in grade one including treble and bass clefs (including up to two ledger lines above and below the stave), time values (from semiquavers to semibreves, dotted notes, triplets plus halving and doubling), time signatures (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, common time, 2/2, 3/2, 4/2, cut common time, and 3/8), note and rest groupings, accidentals (plus enharmonics, tones and semitones), the major and minor scale (harmonic and melodic forms), key signatures and keys, numbered intervals, tonic triads, music terms and signs, as well as composing a four bar rhythm."

Click here for a FREE starter Pack for yourself!

Click here to purchase the full Pack for your yourself!

Click here for a FREE starter Pack for your school!

Click here to purchase the full Pack for your school!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

zondle and George Abbot Teaching School partner to support schools becoming a SCITT

George Abbot Teaching School has launched a complete solution to all Teaching Schools who want to become a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Trainer). Delivered using technology from zondle (the fast growing ed-tech company), SCITT in a Box is available for schools via http://www.georgeabbottraining.co.uk/scitt-in-a-box/. A complementary iOS app, to allow on-the-go access, will be available on iTunes from the beginning of June 2014.

Peter Gale, Director of George Abbot Teaching School said:
George Abbot have been running a SCITT for 14 years now and have built up an amazing resource that we want to share with other schools. Providing access to the tools that allow schools to become SCITTs means that they can concentrate their time  and efforts on building great teacher training delivered in a local context with partner schools. We have found working with zondle simple and the finished product is a professional, yet simple to use, solution to the complexities of applying for and becoming a SCITT.

Ben Barton, CEO of zondle said:
With SCITT in a Box, George Abbot Teaching School have made it simple and cost-effective to become a SCITT. We are pleased that our technology will enable 24/7 web and mobile access to what is a tremendous resource for those schools wanting to progress to SCITT status.
Working with George Abbot Teaching School has been a dream. Their professionalism and high quality content demonstrate that it is schools rather than publishers that are leading the charge in developing high quality content for the education market. The partnership builds on our recent project (Computing GCSE in an app) with the examination board OCR. Together these projects demonstrate how the zondle platform provides a unique and cost-effective way to provide digital products to schools and teachers across the UK and worldwide.

SCITT in a Box launches on 20th May and is available to all schools in England and Wales. For more details please see the attached Letter to Schools.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

New feature on zondle Challenge: Questions displayed on student devices

The zondle Challenge whole class teaching tool has been very well received. This simple whole class teaching tool enables you to use your zondle topics to turn your classroom into a game show within moments. It is designed to be the easier to use little brother of zondle Team Play.  Many of the features are exactly the same, so it should be very familiar to those who already use zondle Team Play. :)

Features include:
Today we added the ability for questions to be displayed directly on student devices. Here is how that works.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

New feature: Removing redeemed Teacher Goodies

This simple new feature suggested by Mrs Roberts enables you to clean up your Teacher Goodies by just deleting them.  This video shows how it works.

Improved drag and drop in Advanced Class Management and My Folders

We're always trying to improve zondle and today it was the turn of the drag and drop interface in the "Advanced Class Management" and "My Folders" areas.  This video just shows the enhancements we've made.  Hopefully this will make things easier and we look forward to your feedback.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

New Feature: Topic filtering in the gradebook

We are always trying to find ways to make your life easier as a teacher and one of the things we have been asked for a number of times is the ability to filter the gradebook by topic.  Today we have added this feature.  We hope this is useful J

New feature: Resetting passwords for an entire class

Today we released a new feature that enables you to reset passwords for an entire class on zondle.  This video shows you how this works.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

New feature. Support filter to make it quick and easy to find support tutorials.

We’re very aware that teachers are using zondle in a live class environment where things move quickly and there is little time.  Even the slightest delay can stop the class in its tracks and prevent learning from taking place.

For this reason we have always been very keen to not only optimise the web experience itself so that the site works quickly and without fuss, but also to offer an excellent level of support so that if you do come unstuck you know that you can always have a problem resolved very quickly.  We believe this is critical to the success of any classroom tech and we pride ourselves in this area.

We’re at hand on email and in the forum, but the fastest way to get support is to find the support tutorial yourself, at the moment you need it.  So today we’ve released a very simple filter feature in our support section so that you can get to the support items you need within a few seconds and get your students back on task.

This video shows how that works.

Friday, 21 February 2014

New feature: Resetting a summative assessment

The summative assessment feature on zondle has been very popular, but we did have some feedback that it would be useful to be able to reset a summative assessment for a student so that they could take it again.

We have now added this feature and this video shows how it works.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

New gradebook features

We had some feedback from Mrs Roberts and Lidija Kralj that there were some features that would be handy to have in the gradebook.  We have now added some of these and this video shows how they work.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Student counts in Advanced Class Management

We had some feedback from a teacher that it would be helpful to have a quick overview of the number of students in the school, in all classes and in each class.  We have now added that feature and this video gives a quick overview of how that works.

Reward behaviour directly from the zondle gradebook

We had a request from a teacher the other day asking if we could add the new “behaviour rewards” system into the gradebook as well as having it in the zollars leaderboard.  We have now done this and this video shows how it works.  Any feedback is, of course, very welcome.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

New feature: Quickly manage Teacher Goodies for an individual student

We has some feedback yesterday that it would be useful to be able to manage Teacher Goodies at a student level rather than a class level.  So today we have implemented this small new feature.  Hopefully this will make it easier to manage your teacher goodies.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Preview of video in folders on zondle mobile

We are just releasing videos in folders on Mobile.  This should be available on Android over the next 24 hours and on iOS and Kindle Fire HD over the next week or so.

Here is a quick preview:

New feature: Set video to your students with zondle Folders.

Today we are delighted to announce that we have enabled video in zondle Folders.  Working with our friends at SchoolTube who provide excellent and moderated videos we have now been able to enable you to upload SchoolTube videos to your zondle folders so that you can collate them and set them to your students.

We will code support for video into zondle Mobile next :)

This video explains how that works.
We hope this is useful and any feedback is, of course, most welcome.

Monday, 27 January 2014

New feature: zondle Behaviour Rewards

If you are looking for a way to encourage good behaviour in the classroom we might have just the thing for you.  Released today zondle Behaviour Rewards enables you to quickly and easily reward students with extra zollars specifically for good behaviour.  This is done quickly and easily on your interactive whiteboard or projector with a single click of a mouse.

You can see an overview of the zondle Behaviour Rewards that you have given to your students by date and even see at what time you gave what rewards.  The overview enables you to quickly see which students are consistently getting rewards for their behaviour.

This video shows how it all works.

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

Saturday, 25 January 2014

The “Connect to zondle” edmodo app is now internationally available!

Today we are delighted to be able to say that the wonderful team at edmodo have now released their premium app store internationally.  It’s been a great deal of work for them and we are very grateful as this now means that the “Connect to zondleedmodo app can be purchased from anywhere in the world. 
The benefit of using the “Connect to zondleedmodo app is that class management is done within edmodo.  So if you use both edmodo and zondle this means that you only have to manage your classes in one place which makes life easier.

Thank you edmodo, you rock!

Playing the new "Matching pairs" question type preview on zondle Mobile.

We are able to submit the latest update to zondle Mobile including the new "Matching pairs" question type.  Here is a quick video of how it looks:

Friday, 24 January 2014

New “Matching pairs” question type released!

Today we are delighted to bring you the new “Matching pairs” question type which has been requested by many teachers.  This is a very flexible question type and enables you to use any combination of instructions with images and text matching.

We will be coding this question type for zondle Mobile over the next day or two.

This video explains how that works.

We hope this is useful and look forward to any feedback you may have :)

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

New feature: changing the admin teacher for your zondle school

Every zondle school has an admin teacher who is responsible for accepting or declining applications from other zondle users to their zondle school as a teacher.  This process is critical to give the personal validation to any teachers joining the school. 

By default the admin teacher is the teacher who originally set up the school.  However, this is not always the best person for the job and so we now provide a quick and easy way to change the admin teacher to any of the teachers in your zondle school.

This video shows how this works.

Monday, 20 January 2014

New feature! Auto refresh zollars leaderboard every 30 seconds!

Thanks to Mary Leonard for her suggestion we have now added a new feature which enables the zollars leaderboard to automatically update every 30 seconds so that you can leave it open on the whiteboard or projector in class.  This video explains how that works.

Friday, 17 January 2014

New "BloX" game added to zondle Mobile

Here is a quick preview of the new BloX game that we've added to zondle Mobile.  We'll be releasing it to the app stores over the next few days.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Resources for presentations

Many teachers are amazingly kind to us and present zondle to colleagues.  This word of mouth is absolutely essential to us and greatly appreciated.

If you would like to present zondle to colleagues then we will, of course, do everything we can to help.  To get you started we have put together a small set of resources which should help.

- Introducing zondle presentation

- Resources for presentations