Earlier this year, we started working on a series of updates to Knoword, many of which were inspired by feedback from teachers who use the website regularly. In this post, I'll take you through each of the changes and provide some additional context.
The main attraction of our latest round of updates is a new game UI. ✨
The old game had about 1/3 of its screen real estate dedicated to the points, streak, and list of answers. However, a player's main focus was always on the current definition and the input that they would be typing in. The problem with this is that those elements were located on the right 2/3 of the screen.
Now, the entire game is focused around the definition, timer, and word input. Everything is center aligned, and the definition is displayed more prominently than before. Instead of scrolling to read longer definitions, the definition text now grows and shrinks to fit the amount of available space.
Not only that, but the order of the two most important elements is reversed. Before, the word input came first and the definition second. That didn't make much sense since players would typically read the definition first, and then make their guess second based on the letter that the word begins with. Now, it's definition first, and word input second. 🤝
Lastly, the timer was moved to the middle of the screen so that it's really easy to keep track of the amount of time remaining in the game without shifting your focus to the top of the screen where the timer used to live. The ring around the clock changes from green to red as the seconds start to wind down, so players have a clear visual indicator for when they're about to run out of time.
Oh, and we added some gold confetti when you answer a word correctly. 🎉
We recieved a lot of feedback about our printable worksheets feature, and I'm excited to announce that you can now configure worksheet PDFs before you download them. Now you can:
And that's not all. You can now download a set of printable flash cards from any custom pack. Here's what they look like:
To create your own set of flash cards, open the context menu () on any word pack and select "Download PDF...". Then take the following steps:
You can even configure the size of your flash cards! They come in small, medium, and large; perfect for learning activites in the classroom or at home.