What an amazing year 2013 has turned out to be for our sister company zondle!
In the last six months of 2013 alone, the free game-based learning platform added just short of 250,000 new users. Over 20,000 of these new "zondlers" were teaching colleagues from around the globe.
zondle is now fast approaching 1 million registered users, making it one of the fastest-growing EdTech startups worldwide.
zondle's users were busy in 2013 too. There are now approximately 1.5 million questions available covering over 130,000 topics. Around 1 million zondle games are now being played each month and that activity level is rising every week. I can only imagine how busy zondle will be as we head into the traditional exam revision season in the Spring and Summer of 2014.
I think it's fair to say that we are delighted to have invested in zondle in 2011 and with a further substantial investment during 2013.
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).
Doug, Wayne and Ben have added some fantastic new functionality to zondle during 2013. Some of the key developments to zondle during 2013 have been:
Improved monitoring of student activity. You can now see exactly when students logged in, played games, created topics and redeemed Teacher Goodies in a quick and easy to use graphical interface.
Setting folders of resources to students on zondle and zondle Mobile
We highly recommend that you take a little time to visit zondle, register for free and have a go at using free game-based learning in your teaching!
tutor2u, the leading digital education publisher for Business, Economics & the Humanities, has agreed to take a substantially increased stake in zondle, the fast-growing specialist in games-based learning.
zondle is managed by Wayne Holmes, Doug Lapsley and Ben Barton (ex Pearson, Granada Learning, Rising Stars & Harcourt) and has seen huge growth in users and traffic (doubling both since January 2013) and has begun generating revenues in the UK.
Commenting on tutor2u's investment, Jim Riley (Managing Director, tutor2u) said:
"We are delighted to take advantage of the opportunity to invest further in zondle which has developed hugely since we first took a stake in the business. zondle's innovative games-based learning platform has already enabled tutor2u to broaden our offer to teachers and students in our core subjects and we are now rolling this out across a wider range of curriculum areas."
“zondle’s platform is a core part of our investment in teaching & learning resources that can be accessed and delivered via mobile devices. We have also commissioned zondle to develop a new student portal within the tutor2u website”.
"The UK educational system faces significant and disruptive curriculum change over the next two years and our teacher and student community will look to partners like zondle and tutor2u to support them as the changes take effect.. Many of the larger print-based educational publishers are still struggling to meet the needs of digital education and the combination of tutor2u and zondle will enable us to continue to grow rapidly through outstanding innovation, quality and value".
“As the tutor2u and zondle teams have worked closely together over the last 18 months, it has become clear that we share the same core values. Both tutor2u and zondle love education – wherever it takes place – and we are both committed to working directly with teachers, students, parents and other educational stakeholders to improve the quality of teaching and learning.”
Ben Barton from zondle commented:
“We are so pleased that our partner, tutor2u, has agreed to significantly increase its investment in zondle at this time. tutor2u are clearly market leading in developing content that teachers actually use to support their students and the growing tutor2u team understands technology and the new landscape of education which will help zondle build on its early successes.”
“The closer ties with tutor2u and the increased investment mean a step change for both our organizations as we take on the more established resource providers in the UK and abroad and continue to deliver fantastic support for teachers and students.”
You may remember that this time last year we took a stake in a games-based learning platform called Zondle, with the aim of developing resources for mobile learning.
Well It’s here! Version 1 of our new revision app. Details below about the new App, how to get hold of it, what you can do with it and our development plans.
The app is available right now from for Android and Apple device users: download it from:
We’re now busy adding content that can be accessed via the mobile app - you’ll see this appear in the tutor2u resource folder structure when you access the app. This content includes the weekly Biz Quiz and Economics in the News quizzes.
Please note; you'll need a free Zondle user account to be able to access all the app resources.
The team at tutor2u’s sister firm Zondle have been hard at work developing a superb new resource for primary phonics teaching and learning. Watch this space in early 2012 for the launch. Here is a sneak preview:
Welcome to zondlescape 005, more ideas, news and links from the team at zondle!
Primary/elementary ideas of the week:
@Primarypete_ has written an excellent blog, explaining how he’s very successfully using zondle in his classroom!
Secondary/middle/high topic of the week:
Review your ‘German Greetings and Polite Phrases’ whilst playing Crystal Canon! Thanks to Frau Mahler for this superb topic!
Did you know…
You can create your very own zondle! Make your own personal zondle avatar, to represent you on zondle! Choose colours, clothes and bizarre hair!!
Zondle Connect of the week:
‘Is it a noun? Is it a verb?’ (created by jejal) in Penalty Shootout, embedded into the ‘Student Vocabulary Study Room - roots, prefixes, suffixes’ page on Mr Tedesco’s - English Class blog by apprentice zondle power user joetedesco!
A balanced view of games-based learning in the Huffington Post. An easy and informative read.
Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can make zondle better for you!
Doug and Ben