Sunday, April 21, 2013

Zondle: Supporting learning through games

This week I have been playing around with Zondle  and I have to say I am very impressed. Once I have had time to create some games, I will definitely be using it in my teaching. First up, any app which describes itself as "free, and always will be" is off to a good start on securing my vote.

Zondle allows teachers to easily create games to support learning. You can also access many games created by other teachers or purchase games and resources from the extras marketplace. It is extremely quick and easy to use. Students can be added in several ways; adding them manually, issuing a course code or emailing an Excel file to Zondle. Creating games is also quick and easy but I think you can get to using it straight away by using some of the games created by others.

Zondle plays extremely well with other services and can be easily embedded into a website or a page on a VLE. There are also apps available for both apple and android which is fantastic for fostering student engagement, not to mention how useable it becomes in a school with a 1:1 or BYOD policy.

I can't wait to have a play around with it but first I have to learn how to use and develop our VLE. Why is the stuff you pay for always more difficult to use?


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