Keen observers will have noticed that things have gotten a bit quiet around here recently. We can now announce the reason - PlayBrighter has been chosen to develop the Digital Media Component (translation: fun bit) of a major new initiative to bring Shakespeare to KS3 pupils around the UK.
Expect boy actors, bubonic plague, and exits pursued by a bear. If you're a fan of PlayBrighter, the Swan of Avon, or both, we think you'll like it a whole lot.
Three new arrivals on PlayBrighter of late:
VERBAL REASONING - Exam season is coming for UK independent and grammar schools. Which is why we now have a 7-week course of one-a-day PlayBrighter Verbal Reasoning sets - start at at Day One and work your way to mastery!
BIBLE STUDIES - Do you know your Jonah from your Job? We've been hard at work adding some bible knowledge sets to PlayBrighter, covering the most important episodes.
U.S. HISTORY - PlayBrighter may be based in the UK, but we still know which president got stuck in the White House bathtub. Do you? 'U.S. History' is your search term here.
The big PlayBrighter server move has gone smoothly, which means that UK and European users should now be seeing a much snappier site. In addition to the reduced latency, the move has enabled us to double our memory capacity, and beef up many other areas of the site's performance.
Over 3000 new questions, covering Geography (KS3 & 4), Physics (KS4), ESOL, Physics and Welsh.
Every column on the site is now sortable. That means that teachers can create a leaderboard for a given mission at the touch of the button. For added student motivation - project onto the Interactive Whiteboard!
Multiple completions of the same mission now pay out diminishing returns in Peeble coins. This is to prevent students from endlessly re-completing earlier missions that are now far too easy...
Fixed some Musica issues that could lead to reviews calling the Player's band 'bandName'.
Conspiracy no longer displays multiple choice options on the correction splat.
Fixed an error that could occur when deleting own teacher record.
Fixed an issue that was causing Musica to overlay a CD on the 'Awesome Job' screen.
Fixed an issue that was causing question sets with long names to display incorrectly on the 'edit' page.
Pre-GCSE science teachers rejoice - we've just added new sets for you, along with some new History sets at KS2 and KS4.
Also fixed in this update:
Entire Billionaire building-buying code rewritten, hopefully squashing some reported issues.
Fixed a bug that was causing wrong answers to display incorrectly on the Billionaire tutorial level.
Fixed a bug that was causing Conspiracy to crash if a student overkilled themselves with incorrect answers.
Ionia Accent buttons redesigned.
Ionia Multiple Choice buttons redesigned.
Improved the animation moving Ionia correct answers to the player.
From 3.45 UK time on Friday May 25th, PlayBrighter will be inaccessible as we move servers. Total downtime is hard to predict, but should be in the vicinity of three hours.
Why are we doing this?
1) We're doubling the amount of server memory available to us. This should make the site generally faster, and reduce the risk of the site going down as we grow.
2) We're moving the server to a European location. This should speed the site up for all of our UK and EU users.
Many apologies if this affects lesson plans for this week. We hope the new, faster PlayBrighter will make up for it!
EDIT: This all went smoothly!