The university in all its shapes and colors is quite complex and multifaceted. For first-year students in particular, both the building itself and the whole surrounding area can seem very overwhelming and intimidating. This is exactly where Actionbound comes in: Just in time for the start of the semester, there are tips and tricks on everyday university life and how to use Actionbound.
The interactive campus tour
Where is the cafeteria? Where can I borrow books? Where can I find the Unicafé and where is the Audimax? You can tell that the semester is starting again by the small groups of first-year students walking across campus and being guided from one station to the next. But not all students have time on the scheduled day or take longer to find certain places on the sprawling campus. Many universities are already using Actionbound to make the start of the semester more interactive and time independent.
Fun and games can be used to interactively explore the campus. Unlike a guided tour, the locations are discovered by the students themselves. Actionbound tours can of course also be created for groups. This is ideal for student councils, for example, or for rallies on campus.
Here are a few selected examples of campus tours with Actionbound:
Click through the Campus Tour of the South Australian Institute of Business & Technology (SAIBT).
Campus Tour SAIBT
The Technical University of Munich offers a tour of the campus in Garching. There is a lot to discover in this area.
Campus Tour TUM
The Geisenheim University of Applied Sciences in Hesse also developed a tour for English-speaking students.
Click here to check it out.
Scientific papers, seminars and co.
You are preparing a seminar paper or your thesis and you are still missing the whole part with the surveys? No problem. Actionbound can help here, too. You can easily insert your surveys into our software and your testers can start the bound via QR code. You can view the results on your account and easily integrate them into your work.
Bounds can also be used for presentations or group work. You want to introduce to a new theme or convey content in a playful way, then just try to build a Bound. It's super easy and fun on top of that. Bounds can also be designed explicitly for groups and do not necessarily have to be location-dependent. You can also create location-independent bounds. Just give it a try!
Some scientific articles on the Actionbound learning method have already been published. A list of the articles can be found here: https://de.actionbound.com/references.
Create your everyday life with Actionbound
Studying does not always mean sitting in seminars and looking for books in the library. For most students, it is the first time in their own flat or shared flat, or alone in a new city.
Have you ever thought about bounds that might add value to your free time? How about a flat-rate Bound? Elements in the Bound-Creator can be assigned with switches. These are then played, for example, on different days of the week. Who has to clean the bathroom and the kitchen when? Who lives in your flat anyway?
The boring flat cleaning plan was yesterday - with Actionbound you can make it more digital and much more fun.
Or how about a pub quiz or city tours especially for students? Or weekend trips with the circle of friends or or or.
Actionbound fits perfectly into the university context. Have you ever built or played a Bound specifically in this theme area?
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Wouldn't it be nice to have a Bound available in different languages without having several QR codes? Imagine creating a Bound in the Creator and then be asked for the language when starting the Bound in the app. Fortunately, this dream has now come true.
It's finally here, our new premium feature: the translation tool!
It has never been easier to edit and offer a Bound translated in different languages. Find out how it works here:
Our translation feature can be booked for a fee on request. If you are interested, simply contact our sales team. Once booked, you will find the premium feature on your Bound dashboard in the Settings section.
Your translation feature will appear directly under the estimated Bound duration. Select a primary language and add as many translations as you like.
For example: You create a Bound in your usual language – let's say English – and want to offer it e.g. in Spanish as well. So your primary language would be English and you add another language. Simply select Spanish as desired language and click on Add. At the moment, you can choose from 21 languages in total.
After adding the translation the tool will open. On the left side you will see all your Bound elements in your chosen primary language. On the right-hand side, you can enter the translated texts of your elements and copy your media, if available.
When a field is filled in, the small red exclamation mark in the top right-hand corner disappears, the element is now translated and the translation is saved. If you want, you can also download all the elements in your primary language as an Excel list, translate them there and then simply upload them again. Two possibilities lead to the same result. Your media appears in square brackets, just like in the Bound Creator.
Another very convenient feature is that the Bound translations adapt to the app language (only available for default languages). For example, if the app language is set to Spanish and a Bound with a translation in Spanish is selected, it automatically suggests the Spanish version. You can also change the language again at this point. Nice!
Even more possibilities: Create several versions of your Bound at different levels of difficulty. Your primary language would be Easy and your additional languages would be Medium and Hard. At the beginning of the Bound, your players can choose which level they want to play.
You want to offer your Bound in a language that is not available? No problem! You can also easily add a new language. So, how about a Bound in Elvish?
Do you have any questions about the translation feature and/or would you like to try it out? Just contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +49-30-12083317.
Have fun trying it out!
We now offer two new ways for you to use uploaded media more individually: an image editing feature and a native audio player.
Do you want your images to be larger or smaller? Or maybe not left aligned? All this and much more can now be done easily with our improved settings.
Simply insert your desired image from your media library into the Creator.
Now just click on the cog in the Bound preview and you have a whole range of new possibilities at your disposal.
If you only want a certain section of your image to appear in the element, you can easily select your image section here.
If you click on Replace you will end up in your media library. This makes exchanging pictures even easier.
Choose how wide you want your image to be. Simply drag the slider from left to right and the width of your image will change accordingly.
Choose between four options where you would like to place your picture should in the element. Do you want it to be the centerpiece or should it be on the right side?
Do you want your text to scroll next to your image? Then activate this option.
Do you know the little magnifying glass in the pictures? It appears on the image once you see the item in the app. If you don't want the magnifying glass to appear, you can easily hide it here. You need a license to use this feature.
Native audio player
Until now, inserted audio files appeared only as a simple play button in the app. In addition, the file broke off when the standby mode of the device was (involuntarily) activated.
Our new native audio player gives licensed creators and their players more options. A cog appears to the right of your file in the Bound preview. By clicking this icon, you can switch on the native audio player.
Important: You must switch on the native audio player individually for each inserted audio file!
The audio file will now appear in a new design for your players and contain more possibilities:
- no cancelling playback in standby mode
- pausing, resuming and browsing through the file are now possible
- the playback speed can be adjusted (Creator & App)
The bottom line is: more comfort for everyone!
Plus a little gimmick for audio puzzles when the playback speed has to be adjusted first to understand everything.
Check out our Step by Step guide if you like to know how things work in detail. Have fun experimenting with the new features!
We are happy to announce that we have a new answer mode for the quiz in the Bound Creator: the Cloze!
Again and again we receive messages from the community with wishes and suggestions for Actionbound . We are happy to announce that another new feature has made it into the Creator!
From now on you can ask cloze quiz questions. The feature can be found in the "Quiz" element under the different answer modes. You can create as many gaps as you want. Also here you can give partial points for not completely correctly solved questions via "Locker score".
How to create your cloze task:
In your Bound Creator you will find the cloze in the Quiz element at the very bottom when you select the answer mode.
You can easily mark your gaps in your text element with curly brackets. Be careful not to put a space after the brackets, otherwise this will be part of the correct answer.
Tip: For long texts, you can specify the missing words in the task.
Have fun trying it out and we are looking forward to your feedback!
Send us your cloze tasks via Instagram or Facebook! We are always happy about links.
Missions and quizzes can now be shuffled within stages
We are happy to present a new feature - randomizing elements. Within stages you can now have players play each mission oder question randomly or just one random element. Simply activate the feature in the settings of each stage and select the desired modus.
Your goal as a teacher is to inspire your students with attractive and contemporary lessons? Actionbound can help!
Using Actionbound you can easily create digital educational adventures that use the playful approach of a scavenger hunt. Your students can then use the Actionbound app to play the so-called Bounds.
Create your own Bounds according to your wishes and the demands of your lesson planning. You can combine a variety of different elements– quizzes, tasks, media, GPS-coordinates, QR-Codes, and many more. You don’t need to be able to program– in fact, the Bound creator at www.actionbound.com has received a number of accolades for its ease of use.
Versatile and Interdisciplinary
The method is suitable for all subjects. It’s perfect for field trips, but is also ideal for working on projects– students can create their own bounds for different themes, which the other pupils can then play. You can also use Actionbound to create a customized tour of your city or town for your students. Examples of other use cases include botanical tours, local history tours, historical political tours, or mathematical journeys of discovery.
„In an educational setting, the digital scavenger hunt is especially interesting,as the borders of the educational space of the school are broken and the pedagogy extends into the everyday lives of the students.
In terms of the content, Actionbound is a tool with lots of potential applications. So long as a spirit of discovery promises to contribute to student success, Actionbound can play a role. It could be used in preparing students for a trip to a museum or for a field trip with real connection to the syllabus, such as a courthouse scavenger hunt or identifying plants."
Regional Academy for Continuing Education and Professional Development
Actionbound Background and Introduction (German)
„Cooperation in groups also develops students’ social skills. Using tablets really motivates students.“
Schreiber, Ch. & Schulz, K. (2017) Actionbound – virtuelle Schnitzeljagd. Mathematische Aspekte in der Umwelt spielerisch entdecken. Mathematik differenziert, 1/2017, 22-25
„Actionbound is a contemporary tool that shows the potential of smartphones in educational settings in an impressive form.“
Baier, F. & Gottein H.-P. (2016) Mobile Learning am Beispiel Actionbound. Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg, Hochschulschrift - PHScript 10 Schwerpunkt MEDIEN, 47-52, German
Literature as well as more information about using Actionbound in schools is available Google
Try Actionbound yourself with a free 14-day trial period.
Actionbound wird bereits an vielen Schulen genutzt und wurde mehrfach ausgezeichnet.
The Teacher’s and Educational Licenses have been specially developed for pedagogical use. They’ll make it easy for you to get started. As a teacher you can use these licenses without any limitation in terms of the number of participants or the Bounds created. Your pupils can also create their own Bounds using your Teacher’s License– so it’s simple for you to protect your student’s privacy.
A new version (2.8.0) of the Actionbound app was just released.
The update contains:
- Due to popular demand, we bring a new feature: Record audio!
- Global ranking shown when finishing a Bound
- Uploaded media can be removed
- Improvement of the count down timer
- Bug fixes
- Bounds that can be started with a ticket only
We wish you lots of fun with Actionbound and are looking forward to your feedback and rating in the app stores of Apple or Google :)
Download the current version of the Actionbound app for free:• iOS
(iPhone, iPad, iPod): Apple App Store• Android: Google Play Store
or from the Actionbound server• Blackberry
(devices supporting .apk files): From the Actionbound server