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Introducing Programming Genius Patrick McKenna

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A while back we gave a big THANK YOU shout out to all the behind the scenes members of the Nexed team- all the fine folks who help us tend to the various pots we have a boilin’. Well, we’d like to bring one of them out to center stage and introduce you to him properly—.Patrick McKenna “ our software programmer and developer extraordinaire! (let’s hope he doesn’t get all shy and awkward-y).

We first met Patrick in the Fall of 2012 when we began working with Sheridan College in Oakville on adding specific game zones and further building upon various other elements of Answerables. He was the project lead and head programmer guiding a team of graduate students as they worked through their various tasks. We immediately picked up on Patrick’s programming skills and ability to lead the team through the various pitfalls and unknowns that pop up in a project with a scope such as ours. But as the months went on and we extended our collaboration with Sheridan into the new year, we began to realize that Patrick had become a crucial  member not only of the Sheridan project, but also of Nexed. In our last few days of sprint towards the release of Answerables v.1 to the beta testers and focus group-ers, Patrick put his head down and went above and beyond to help us get it done.

And it was then that we knew—this one’s a keeper!

So, Nexed-ers…proud to introduce you to Patrick McKenna.

 

And the winner is….

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The Survey Monkey has left the building! We have officially closed down our virtual focus group and access to Answerables v.1. Thanks to everyone who took the time to go in and check things out. At this stage in the game there is no such thing as ‘negative feedback’—every little bit helps! As promised, the draw has been drawn, and we’re happy to announce the winners of the Kobo Arc (a brother and sister dynamic duo) are Griff and Maud Saunders from Toronto. Congrats, guys! Of course, we wish we could Arc-ify ALL our awesome participants, but we’ve gotta keep pinching those pennies (make that nickels) for now.

So it’s time for us to head back up to STEMlab and tinker, tinker, tinker—.and as  famous Canadian rockers BTO once said, ‘You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!’ When we emerge with v.2 in a few weeks, Answerables will be fully integrated with what we here at NXHQ proudly call our ‘secret sauce’- the Dashboard. Our users will have access to a horn o’ plenty of educational online resources and collaborative tools housed in a personalized virtual hang out space where they can explore and create on their own, and then share and invite others to join the party! It is really gonna be ALL THAT!

Then, of course, it’s on to a second round of ‘Testing, Testing 1,2,3—’

Keep checking back and we’ll keep you fully looped in!

Last day to send Answerables Tour feeback & enter to win a Kobo Arc

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They say Jimi Hendrix was the master of feedback, but he’s got nothin’ on our team of awesome and opinionated first round Answerables testers! We’ve gotten a whole slew of responses to our survey and we’re about ready to put names into a big hat and pull out the proud new owner of a Kobo Arc.

For any of you last minute-ers out there (and at NXHQ we happen to know a little bit about that ;)—you’ve got until midnight tonight to press send and get us your feedback on the Answerables tour for your chance to win the Kobo Arc.

In case you’ve misplaced the information we sent you by email, here’s how to download the Answerables tour:

Mac Answerables Tour download linkhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/pabt9k2ug6ph3bj/Answerables.dmg
Windows Answerables Tour download linkhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/b94noepkwli1idg/Answerables.zip
And here’s a link to our focus group questionnaire in case you’re having trouble making it to the end of the tour but want to provide feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AnswerablesTour

We’ll make the big Kobo winner announcement this Friday! Thanks to EVERYONE who took the time to participate. Your thoughts are crucial in helping us shape the next version of Answerables.

Answerables v1 Jan.31 testing delayed until Feb.5

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Apologies to all of you awesome Answerables testers out there “ the dog ate our homework!

We’ve been sweating it out in the STEMlab to make your first contact with Answerables out of this world….but we need a few more days for your test package to make it to Planet Earth. SO, instead of receiving your test package on January 31, we’ll be sending it out on February 5th.

Thanks for your patience, and if you know of any students in grades 5-10 who still might be interested in touring Answerables, giving us their feedback and entering our draw to win a Kobo Arc, please tell them to email us at hello@nexed.ca (or  click here to send us a shout-out) and let us know they want to be included in the virtual focus group.

Students in Grades 5-10 wanted for our virtual focus group

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Wanted:  Brave scouts ready to light out for the territory!

We are looking for students from Grades 5 to 10 who are interested in taking Answerables for a spin and giving us feedback about their experience.

Our goal is to get student opinions on version one of our Answerables virtual environment. Participating in the group is easy and should take about 30 minutes. We send participants a test package by email on February 5th, then participants:

  • Download  Answerables v.1 to their desktop or laptop computer (PC or Mac)
  • Customize their Ansible avatar
  • Tour through Answerables v.1
  • Give us their opinion about their experience in an online questionnaire  by February 20

EVERYONE who completes a questionnaire will be entered into a draw to WIN a brand spanking new Kobo Arc! AND of course, they’ll also earn bragging rights by being some of the first users to experience the awesomesauce we’ve been cooking up over here!

If you’re interested in taking part send us an email to hello@nexed.ca or click here to send us a shout-out.

Be sure to give us your email, your name, and if you’re an educator or parent signing up on behalf of a kid tester, please let us know that too!

Chips—check. Dip—check. Kids ready to change the face of their own learning—check!! Let’s get this party started!

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