Teachers needed to test ChemThink

Category : Uncategorized · (3) Comments · by June 3, 2016

Calling all teachers to test ChemThink!

This summer we will be making a big push to get the ChemThink backend working. The plans include:

1. student login and progress tracking
2. teacher login and class management
3. user account management
4. anything else necessary to support #1-3 above

Because this is a complete rewrite of the entire system, we have an opportunity to streamline the user login, account creation, and account management process.  The new system should be intuitive and easy for students and teachers to use.  This also means that there will be plenty of bugs to squash along the way, and we will need to develop worksheets/videos to show students how to use the new system.

In order to make sure the system is working as flawlessly as possible before students arrive next school year, we will need a few teachers who will be willing to test ChemThink over the summer by creating teacher accounts and mock classes. I anticipate that the basic functionality will be up and running by mid-July. If you are willing to test things out in late July/early August, please let us know by sending an email to developers@nerdislandstudios.com.

Just to whet your appetite, here are some preliminary screenshots:

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 5.58.29 AM

The user login screen – Students and teachers will be greeted by the same login prompt.

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 6.03.57 AM

The “Create an Account” screen – Students can sign up individually (as shown here), or as part of a class, where they will enter a six-digit class code provided by their teacher.

Thank you to everyone for the words of support.  Getting everything running again is a huge effort, and it is great to hear from everyone who is using Chemthink!

Please leave your questions or comments below, and if you are interested in helping with testing this summer, please email us at developers@nerdislandstudios.com.

Thanks!

-Chris and the Nerd Island Studios Development Team



(3) comments

Lisa Volaric
2 years ago · Reply

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The ChemThink simulations are really the best at teaching particle-level chemistry. I can’t wait to see and use the new ChemThink!

Bill Hanna
2 years ago · Reply

been trying to post sims into my teacher account for class to use. How do you do this?

    Chris Bruce
    2 years ago · Reply

    Bill,

    Good question! The system isn’t actually set up to do this. There are currently only 2 simulations (“Atomic Structure” and “Particulate Nature of Matter”) that are available on the new server. The old ones are only available as standalone Flash files that are not compatible with the new server.

    I am currently working on “Ionic Bonding”, and hope to have it available on the new server in the next few weeks.

    -Chris

    Chris Bruce
    Physics Teacher, NBCT
    Lead Developer,
    http://www.simbucket.com
    http://www.quizevolved.com
    http://www.nerdislandstudios.com

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