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My name's Istvan Jaromi, and I am a backend developer. I code new features and fix bugs.
I am Szelina Szigeti, and I am a frontend developer for iSLCollective. That means I am working on how things look on the site.
I am Benedek Princz, co-founder of iSLCollective and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) who manages our developer team.
I am Peter Laszlo, co-founder of iSLCollective and head of product development. I am in charge of coming up with new feature ideas, designing them and overseeing their production, like our new video lessons platform.
I am Adam Laszlo, also a co-founder of iSLCollective. I am the CFO, and my main job is to manage our legal, financial and human resources matters.
My name's Zsuzsa Kiss. I am your helpdesk assistant. If you have any questions or problems, you can reach me at info [at] islcollective [dot] com, and I'll be glad to help.
I am Szabolcs Simonyi, backend developer. Just like Istvan, I code new features and do bug fixes.
Thank you for doing your best working longer hours, trying out new digital tools like our interactive video quizzes, and making many sacrifices for your students. Don't give up! iSLCollective is here with you in this fight. We are working around the clock to keep the site running and make it useful for online teaching (try out our new "Fill" feature that makes our worksheets fillable online). Our team and servers are under a lot of pressure, but with your help we can keep things going. Please donate the price of a coffee to show your support!
We took action right away when the COVID 19 crisis started unfolding. What we realized first was that our worksheets were not prepared for a global demand for online teaching. What can your student do with a Word document that has no type field to type or where the checkbox is just an embedded image? Of course, if there is a will, there is a way and your student can work around this in a word processor, but we decided that this was just too clumsy and unreasonable to ask from a student. So we had this idea of putting our worksheet thumbnails on a separate page and simply put a drawing tool next to it. Simple, but handy! We call it the Fill feature. Your student can send you the link of the filled document, then you can put your corrections on it online, and send it back to them. With more than 10 thousand worksheets filled online in a few weeks since its realise, it seems you've found this new feature useful! We keep improving the usability. Next up: making it work on mobile devices, too.
Second, we responded to the new pandemic-induced remote teaching situation by reconfiguring our servers and optimizing them to take this heavier load that we started experiencing with masses of teachers flocking to the site who never used iSLCollective before, but now needed resources to use in a new world where there are fewer contact hours, and students more assignments that they can work on independently. Our servers are under a very hard pressure, but we monitor them constantly and keep adding extra server power when necessary.
Third, we increased our helpdesk capacity to be able to answer all your questions. Feel free to write to info [at] islcollective [dot] com if you encounter a software bug on iSLCollective, experience a site slowdown or have any other issues using the site.
We were happy to see so many of you try out our interactive video quizzes that we are very proud of. A lot of teachers are starting to realize how useful these Youtube-based popup quizzes are in distance education. In case you didn't know, you can also have our little robot generate your own grammar or vocab quiz in minutes or you can create a custom quiz from scratch. Just bring a Youtube video URL and let us do the work for you. You can then work with the finished popup quiz in class or you can assign it to your students as homework, and overview their scores and answers on iSLCollective.
Our teacher trainers, Anna and Jo, do webinars and roll out fresh video tutorials every couple of day to show you best practices about using popup video quizzes in your teaching and to give you general teaching methodology tips tha you can try out in your next class. Check out our Youtube channelto watch past episodes. Also, let us know if there is any topic you want us to cover in forthcoming episodes.
So this sums up our pandemic relief efforts. If you are happy with how the iSLCollective Team's crisis response, we are asking you to donate the price of a coffee to show your support.