|Please note: the information below applies to Gynzy users who started using Gynzy prior to July 2019.|
In this article, we tell you everything about the new Gynzy and the old. We start with a brief overview of the most important points at the top and an explanation below.
Why a new Gynzy?
- The original Gynzy was built using Flash, a technology that shortly will no longer be supported by internet browsers.
- We are better able to meet the needs and wishes of teachers by making use of new technology.
What is changing?
- The current Gynzy with all of its tools will remain live for this school year (2019-2020).
- The new Gynzy (teacher.gynzy.com) is already live and being used. We will continue to expand the new Gynzy with tools, content and functionality. Next school year (2020-2021) everyone will be moved to the new Gynzy.
What can the new Gynzy do? What’s still being worked on?
- The new library contains all of the content and tools of the new Gynzy. Our new Gynzy also has new functionalities.
- Tools that are not yet available in the new Gynzy can be used in the current Gynzy.
- It will be possible to import the content of your old Gynzy lessons into the new Gynzy. Please contact us for more information on that. Tip: Start now with making your new lessons in the new Gynzy.
Take a look to see which developments are on the way within Gynzy and let us know which tools and functionalities are most important to you via gynzy.com/ideas.
Motive: Why a new Gynzy?
Gynzy has recently turned 10, and in the last decade, so much has changed. Not only within education but also within educational technology including the functions of Gynzy. The current or “old” Gynzy was built using Flash. Modern internet browsers (Chrome, Edge, Safari, e.g.) rarely support Flash, and the parent company of Flash has announced that they will stop supporting Flash by the end of 2020. In addition to this, we also reached the limits of what Flash could offer us and our users. New techniques like HTML5 offer more room to grow and to realize the needs and wants of teachers and students. An update to Gynzy also offers us an excellent chance to make use of the feedback, experience and results that teachers have shared with Gynzy to improve tools, create new tools and shape the functionality of our improved version. Examples of this are that in the new Gynzy you can easily undo actions, crop or mirror images, group or outline objects, and have access to a treasure chest of useful illustrations and a curated selection of photographs, just to mention a few.
What do these developments look like?
Though the new board currently does not contain all the tools that are in the old board, we are still a long way from done with the new board. We are still developing new features as well as rebuilding the old Flash tools into HTML5. New tools, functionality, features are added to the new board weekly. In the next few months we’ll be adding even more content and functionality to the new board, so teachers are able to transition right away. We’ll continue making our HTML5 board better, as you expect from Gynzy. The current Flash board will remain available online, so you can supplement use of the new board until your favorite elements have been added. Our goal is to have our Flash-free board available before internet browsers stop supporting Flash.
What do I do with my lessons made on the old board?
Just like our step to the new Gynzy isn’t an exact translation, your lessons currently can’t be exactly imported into the new Gynzy. We can, however, import the larger portion of your lessons. Only the elements that aren’t supported in the new Gynzy will be left out of the importing process. We encourage you to make your new lessons on the new Gynzy- make your lessons future-proof.
I have other questions
Do you still have a question about the new Gynzy? Let us know! Contact us.