Categories : Feature Updates
What good is a teaching tool if it doesn’t serve the needs of teachers? This is a question we’re constantly asking ourselves while working to make TeacherGaming Desk increasingly valuable for your classroom.
You, our rockstar users, keep coming to us with great ideas on how to make our system a better fit for your classes, and we hear you! Based on teacher feedback, we’ve rolled out a huge update with cool new features that should please many: including curriculum-aligned lesson search, lesson editing, class sharing, lesson pausing and an improved lesson preview screen!
Keep reading to hear all about our awesome new improvements:
Curriculum Alignment Search
Curricula are the ground teachers stand on. Different countries and schools live by different curricula, and we know how important they are. Our games are, of course, suitable for curriculum-aligned teaching around the world, but you have asked us to make that visible and measurable. So here it is: our new curriculum-aligned lesson search feature!
We have reviewed each and every lesson and directly aligned them to eight different curricula, and more is coming. At the moment, our system works with Common Core, NGSS (Next Generation Science Skills), CSTA (K-12 Computer Science Standards), IB (International Baccalaureate), IGCSE (Cambridge Assessment International Education), CBSE (The Central Board of Secondary Education), ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Edition) and 21st Century Skills. If you feel we’re missing a specific curriculum or another, do let us know and we’ll see what we can do!
You can search by curricula on the front page of TeacherGaming Desk. Click on Search by curriculum at the top of the filter toolbar, and you will be asked to specify the curriculum you want to use. You can search for several codes in one go, and the system will save your custom filters for later use. Curriculum alignment details for lessons can now also be found in the Curriculum tab of a lesson preview.
One of our most often requested features is the option to edit our ready-made lessons to match your classes’ requirements. We’ve heard you!
Following on from our lesson format overhaul a few months back, we’ve now implemented an interface through which any user can create and edit their own lessons. Is there homework you want to assign, a question you want to ask, or an additional concept you want to introduce? You can add a sentence here or there, or rewrite the entire lesson! Do keep in mind that skill point allocation and progress tracking will still follow the original format - analytics are fickle and hard to edit on the go!
To edit a lesson on TeacherGaming Desk, all you need to do is to create a copy of an existing lesson plan through the lesson preview screen. Every section of a copied lesson plan is editable! A step-by-step guide for editing lessons can be found here.
In many schools, one class or year group can be taught by several teachers. There’s no point in recreating the same class separately for every teacher’s account, is there? That is why we have added a class sharing feature!
You can share any class you’ve created with your colleagues from the same school. With a single click, all of your school’s teachers can run lessons for your class and share skill progress. The number of teachers on a single TeacherGaming subscription is not restricted.
Classes can be shared through the Manage Class screen. By toggling the Share option under each class, you can turn class sharing on and off whenever required.
There may be times when you want to continue your TeacherGaming lesson later, without losing the progress your students have made and the skill points they have earned. Until now, TeacherGaming Desk hasn’t allowed you to run concurrent lessons, but that changes today!
TeacherGaming Desk now offers a chance to pause lessons instead of cancelling them in order to run other lessons, meaning you can continue a paused lesson later and still preserve your students’ progress.
When running a lesson, it can be paused at any time using the Pause Lesson button in the top left corner. Paused lessons can easily be resumed from the lesson selection screen on TeacherGaming Desk.
Our lesson preview screen has been upgraded to Version 2.0! You no longer need to start the lesson to give it a read before your session. In addition to a short description and a game video, you can now choose to preview the entire lesson including it’s Theory, Play and Share & Discuss sections.
You can also preview its curriculum alignment details, check out its hardware requirements and see which lesson groups the lesson is part of.
We really hope you enjoy these new feature updates! Please keep the great ideas coming - as you can see, we do listen to you, and do our best to make TeacherGaming Desk the perfect fit for your classroom.
Also make sure to play around with all the new features on the Desk! If you don't have an active subscription yet, you can book a free 30-day trial on our front page!