busythings updated to version 3.1Interface changes:
- Reorganised menu structure in preparation for Busy Projects.
- Added a Curriculum-Based 3 menu layout, similar to the older busythings layout. To change your menu layout go to the main menu and click Alter Interface in the top left. Select from the options under 'organise menu by'.
- You can now hide the back button in activities if you wish to stop your pupils/children from changing activities themselves. Click Alter Interface, select the Control tab and check Hide back button in activities. If this is selected, you can press the 'm' key at any point to return to the previous menu.
- We have added a link to the user-guide and (when relevant) a link to the Purchasing and pricing pages to the Setup selection screen.
- Click the new Evidence button on any pupil menu screen to access a list of busythings games played in this session and a list of curriculum objectives addressed by these games. This evidence can be printed and kept.
- Records of all sessions are stored and kept for 3 months – these can be accessed by clicking on the Records and Certificates button on the setup selection screen.
- Click the Records and Certificates button on the setup selection screen to make and print customised certificates.
- Access to Teacher controls is now secured with a simple prompt (teachers are required to answer a maths question to gain access).
- You can choose to remember this authorisation for the whole session, or just allow for a one-time access.
- You can choose switch this to require your account password to access, or disable this prompt completely (on the Setup selection screen click Tools and Resources, then Change your account settings).
- You can also use this panel to change the default view to a Pupil view, with all Teacher controls hidden.
3 April 2012
Troll Model released todayDress up the troll in different outfits. Make him a superhero, pirate or fairy! Children can quickly generate random combinations with a single click of the 'muddle' button. Tickle the troll to make him laugh and then send him to the catwalk to be photographed. Outfits can be save to our gallery for all busythings users to see!
20 March 2012
New busythings user guideOur Studio Manager Ian has spent a painstaking fortnight rewriting and laying out our user guide. As always, it looks beautiful - lots of pictures! It would be nice to think some of you will pounce on the opportunity to read it. You can access it and print it out from here. The earlier version was shamefully out of date, and so there are many features explained in this latest version that you may find extremely useful.
28 Feb 2012
Twelve new games added to Busy Box!We have added twelve new games to the Busy Box this morning. Four mishmash, four literacy and four numeracy. You will also find ten new stickers, and five new reward transitions and three new sticker backgrounds.
22 Feb 2012
Visit our new blog!After many months talking about it we have finally done it! Now we have to keep writing! Visit the blog here.
busythings been mapped to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence experience and outcomesAll 130+ of our educational online games have been linked to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. Teachers can view the links for each game or search for games that are mapped to a particular experience and outcome.
Existing subscribers can switch to the scottish curriculum by clicking the button in the top left of the setup selection screen. Please call us if you would like us to switch curriculums for you. Non-subscribers can get free access at home or at school by filling the free trial form and remembering to select the Scottish Curriculum option. 11 Jan 2012
Language Free busythings for all children, regardless of language or cultureWe are excited to announce a version of busythings that contains all our games that require no written or spoken English. This amounts to over eighty games from a range of curriculum areas including art, music, numeracy and exploring the world. We have removed all text from the menu screens and used simple icons instead making a visual environment which children can explore regardless of their langauge or culture. If you would like a free trial of this version please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 Jan 2012
busythings educational apps are available now!A selection of our games can now be purchased as apps, for use on iPad, iPhone and Android devices. To receive announcements of our latest app releases and all other updates please follow us on twitter.
More apps are coming throughout 2012! 10 Dec 2011