Teamie 1.22

2016-07-28 (2)

We are back with yet another Teamie update to set the bar higher for Collaborative Learning.

This update sees the evolution of the Stories feature. The new lesson interface that was introduced in 1.19 got some exciting new interface upgrades. And a method to migrate old lessons to Dash has been devised. Some very handy Google doc sharing permissions are now available in Dash. The ‘Assignments’ feature has completely migrated to its new home – Dash. And top it all off, we have a brand new interface to create rubrics and support non-scoring rubrics too! All this and much more for you in this update!

No more holding your breath, let’s roll!

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Hackathon 2.0

This is our second hackathon for this year (do check out the first hackathon here). Our team is keen on having a hackathon every 3 months. Hackathon is the time for team members to experiment with new technology, to indulge in offbeat ideas and to build something crazy that would delight our customers at the same time.

We have hired interns on a regular basis as we strongly believe in giving back to student community. It provides a great opportunity for students to learn about the industry. We had awesome interns this summer, and we wanted them to experience the hackathon at Teamie.

Let us hear from our Interns on what they think about the Hackathon.

I really enjoyed this hackathon as it exposes me to many interesting ideas and various technologies out there. This is very different  from other hackathons which usually limit what you can build and use. Good job for the team who organize it! And looking forward to many more interesting products from the future hackathons! – Max Kusnadi

The hackathon was a great learning experience as there are many new technologies being used in other colleagues’ presentations. I was amazed by some truly innovative ideas, such as facial emotion detection and virtual classroom. There were also well-executed projected that looked extremely polished and production-ready, such as the pi bot for gif and youtube. Good job for everyone who hacked up something interesting. – Zhu Liang

There was no specific topic for the hackathon and this created a lot of possibilities. Everyone can do whatever they think might be useful and interesting. Some ideas were very innovative and some were very inspiring, such as the facial expression detection. I really enjoyed all the presentations. Furthermore, everyone had a choice to work on a project alone or join others and work as a group. This gave us the freedom to choose teammates and projects and thus gave us more motivation. Moreover, the time span of the event was appropriate. It wouldn’t drain our energy and at the same time it imposed necessary pressure on us to help us grow. – Chuxin Liao

I find the hackathon very fun. I think it is a very clever move by teamie, it really surface some interesting ideas that can potentially integrated into the system in the future. From an intern point of view, I am very excited as well as curious to see what everyone is able to built in the hackathon. Also, I think including interns like us in hackathons really provide more width and extra dimension towards the hackathon. Overall, it is a good and fulfilling experience. – Chan Khan

Let us take a look at some of the ideas from the hackathon

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More Power to Administrators: Site-level Reminders & Classroom Dynamic Meta Fields

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Hello there admins. How are you doing? Hopefully administrating life into your sites ;)

Teamie release 1.21 brought a big smile on the faces of instructors, mainly due to the newly introduced Dash assignment grading and To-Dos feature.

But what this release also brought was two awesome features for you guys: Site-level Reminders and Classroom Dynamic Meta Fields. We dedicate this post to all you guys who work hard behind the scenes to organise and put everything in place.

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Series AA

I am excited to share that Teamie has raised a S$1.5M Series AA round led by ACP and SPRING Seeds Capital, together with PhysTech Ventures and our existing angel investor. Please see the press release here for more details.

5 years

It’s been 5 years since we started Teamie with the vision of making learning more engaging, accessible and personalized. We’ve come a long way from May 2011 when we started our operations in a 400 square feet office space with 2 team members and 6 interns from NUS (National University of Singapore). We began the journey of converting slideware to software, and in 6 months the first version of the product was ready.

Today, our product is significantly different (better) from what it was in 2011. In the past 5 years, we wrote code and re-wrote it again, we added bugs and fixed them, and we continued to iterate, to listen closely to what our customers were trying to tell us, and built a product that we are proud of, and importantly, built a product & service that puts customers first.

Series AA

In some ways, it is unusual for a 5 year old company to raise a pre-series-A or AA round. Thanks to our customers, who have pioneered collaborative learning, we could invest in building the product and scaling our operations, without the need for external investment.

We can see that Asia is going through a phenomenal shift towards online and mobile learning, and many institutions and organizations are beginning to take their first steps to transform their traditional learning and teaching practices. We believe, Teamie is well-positioned to offer a scalable and flexible way for these institutions and organizations, who are either starting on their journey, or those who are maturing to the next stage of wanting to drive better engagement for their e-learning programs, to make this shift towards online & mobile learning delivery, more effectively.

To be part of this phenomenal shift, we need to accelerate our product, sales and support plans, and that’s where the series AA round comes in.

So what’s next?

This investment will allow us to work with more institutions, invest in more resources for local support through channel partners who will be present in different countries and most importantly accelerate some of our product plans to make learning more awesome.

In the next few months, we have lots of product updates planned – Our Stories feature will move out of Beta, and become ready for prime time; our Administrators will get better insights on what’s happening with the learning programs; our Quiz engine gets even slicker; we will continue to build on our new Dash UI to make the platform ridiculously easy to use and we will make some exciting announcements that will help our teachers leverage the power of the network to improve their teaching practice.

We’re just getting started

At Teamie, we say that there are 3 pillars of our platform – Social, Learning and Analytics. We feel, after 5 years, that we are just getting started with the potential of what can be achieved when you put these 3 words together, and the impact it can have on learning engagement, delivery and outcomes.

 

We have been constantly learning from our customers and partners, and that’s shaping our product and in-turn what the future of learning may look like. The last 5 years have been crazy and I’d like to thank our amazing customers for their trust & support, and our awesome team for their grit & dedication, and I welcome our new investors to join this fun ride as we change gears!

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Teamie App Update 2.6

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Hey Teamie mobile app users!
We have good news for you. You’d remember the Starred Classrooms feature that was part of our web release 1.20. Now, you can view all your starred classrooms from the Teamie mobile app itself. So, do you feel like a star now? ;)

From now onward, you will be able to access all your starred classrooms from the app sidebar. Unlike before, only your starred classrooms will be listed in the sidebar and the rest can be found in a separate screen. A Classrooms menu option will be present in the app sidebar. For your convenience, the sum of unread posts of all the classrooms will be listed alongside the Classrooms menu option in the sidebar. All you need to this is tap on it and you will be taken to the “Classrooms” listing page. This page lists all the classrooms (in an alphabetical order) that you are part of, including the starred ones. Same logic applies for your Social Groups, if any.

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Teamie 1.21

Hey Teamie users,
We have rolled out our latest release 1.21, and it’s awesome. This release brings a bagful of features along with some bug fixes; now those bugs won’t bug you ;)

Enhancements have been made to existing features, making them even more awesome. From Materials to Search, Calendar to Posts, we have made enhancements to all of them to make them fit better in your learning ecosystem.

Now, let’s talk about the release features in detail.

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Search

Hey everyone! We are here to talk about one very cool feature that we have introduced in our latest release 1.20, “Search”. To know more about other exciting features introduced in this release, please visit the following links: 

 

Search has been the foundation of internet since its inception. It is impossible to remember everything we need to and same applies in Teamie. All the efficient and wonderful learning components Teamie provides seems to have lacked one important thing, you guessed it right, the search option. But not anymore; icing is now on the cake ;) You will now see a single universal search box in the top navigation bar everywhere in Dash (Yes! Like most of the cool new features, this is also a Dash-only feature).

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Sections

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In our latest release 1.20, we have come up with some great new features which will make you crave for Teamie even more! You can familiarize yourself with the latest features here. One very useful feature which stemmed from the suggestions of our customers was Sections. In this blog post, we will be shedding light on how this feature can help instructors better organize their learning in an intricate yet effortless manner. So, shall we begin?

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