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Requirements Overview

  • Research and development project – the objective was to build a simple test application that Dyslexia Action’s specialist teachers could use to experiment with building and playing custom learning games.
  • This allowed them to look at delivering their specialised learning content more interactively and engage with their customers in new and exciting ways.
  • Connect4 games can be played live by a group of 4 – 5 students.
  • The app includes 2 customisable games templates: Connect4 and Flash Cards.
  • Teachers are able to select a template and populate it with educational text and image content.
  • In the case of Connect4, teachers were able to configure which were the winning ‘rows-of-4’, and whether a player’s move in the game had to be ‘approved’ by the teacher.
  • Flash Card games can be played individually by any number of users.
  • Players can join a game simply by navigating to a unique URL and entering an alias – the objective here was to make sure we made it as easy as possible for a Dyslexia Action tutor group to setup a game.
  • Game activity is logged so that the teacher can recap in the future.
  • Teachers can ‘publish’ their games to a public library, where others can then download and use them.
  • Students have the option to signup after they had played through a game.
  • Students that have signed up are restricted to only creating Flash Card games and are not able to publish them in the public library (complex access control model).
  • Backend administration panel so that the Dyslexia Action administrators can create new users on the system.

Stack

  • LAMP
  • Symfony – PHP Framework
  • Doctrine 2 – ORM
  • Angular.js – Frontend JS Framework
  • LESS
  • Bootstrap – Frontend CSS Framework
  • Pusher – Realtime Push Notification Service
  • PHPUnit – Unit Testing
  • S3 – File Storage
  • EC2 – Elastic Cloud Hosting
  • Selenium – Functional Testing
  • Grunt – Build Task Management
  • Bower – JS Dependency Management
  • Composer – PHP Dependency Management
  • Git – SCM
  • Bitbucket – DVCS
  • JIRA – Issue Tracking