Summary of EverQuest Next News on Feb 2015

There are a lot of surprising news in SOE this month, all pertaining to separations or breaking away. Read on.

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Sony Sells Off Sony Online Entertainment, Renames it Daybreak Game Company February 2, 2015 – SOE has announced today that Sony has sold the developer of EverQuest, PlanetSide, DC Universe Online and the recently released H1Z1 to investment firm Columbus Nova. The developer, Sony Online Entertainment, will now operate under a new name, Daybreak Game Company, as an independent game studio.

The studio will continue to develop game projects started by SOE such as EverQuest Landmark, EverQuest Next and H1Z1. It will also develop titles for Xbox and mobile platforms, in addition to PlayStation and PC, now that it has become independent of Sony.

According to John Smedley, president of Daybreak Game Company, “We are excited to join Columbus Nova’s impressive roster of companies. They have a proven track record in similar and related industries and we are eager to move forward to see how we can push the boundaries of online gaming. We will continue to focus on delivering exceptional games to players around the world, as well as bringing our portfolio to new platforms, fully embracing the multi-platform world in which we all live.”

“Our games and players are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are committed to maintaining our portfolio of online games and pushing the limits of where we can take online gaming together.” the developer said in a post on Reddit.

John Smedley also said on Twitter that, “Can’t wait to make Xbox games.” Where he also later offered assurance to fans that, “All of our games are still here and will continue to be.”

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David Georgeson and Others Laid Off at Daybreak Game Company Today February 11, 2015 – David Georgeson, the man who has served as the face of EverQuest for so many years, is only one among many who is being laid off at Daybreak studio today.

There is no knowing how many people will be let go, since as of press time, staffs are still being informed who will remain employed and who will be not.

Daybreak Game Company, previously known as Sony Online Entertainment for almost two decades, is an independent gaming company and which has changed its name and ownership last week after Sony sold it to Columbus Nova, a management firm based in New York.

A statement from PR representatives at Daybreak says, “As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming.”

Summary of Important News in EQNext on Sep 2014

The most captivating stories on EQNext this past September include talk about AI system and life consequences and the untimely resignation of Sony Online Entertainment International Brand Manager.

omeed-darianiSony Online Entertainment International Brand Manager Resigns September 14, 2014 – Omeed Dariani, the SOE International Brand Manager has resigned from his senior position at the company. Dariani wrote about this decision to resign on the social media; he cited philosophical differences with the EverQuest Landmark development team as the main reason behind his sudden decision. Dariani revealed that the management hierarchy failed to buy his idea of advancing the “community first” approach in building the EverQuest Next and Landmark brands. Despite the sad resignation, Dariani said that he has tremendous respect for the company and his former colleagues at SOE.

Talk about AI system and life consequences by EQ-Next developers September 30, 2014 – EverQuest Next has become one of the most highly awaited MMORPG online games. When released, the game will operate usingthe superb Forgelight gaming engine; this gaming platform comes with a set
of powerful lighting effects. The other notable features of this upcoming game include sandbox style MMO, Destructible environment and the Emergent Gameplay feature, alongside other potent new capabilities. EverQuest Next developers recently released a YouTube video making a case for life of consequences and AI system. The 30-minute long video discusses how Individual NPC’s have been designed to act differently and unconventionally. The other critical change in the gaming setup will be the fact that events around the world will be happening in a dynamic fashion; this is partially because hubs will be eliminated this time around.

The game is designed along the lines of SOE’s “Planetside 2”; the game will feature a world that is split into different territories. Events in the land will be influenced by the decisions and actions of the participating players. Another reason to look forward to, regarding the
upcoming release, is the effects of the trickle effects. This is because current actions have been designed to affect future or other events. In essence, monumental events such as the demolition of the world or the death of a King, will all tied to the actions of the players. Players can also come out and help warring factions like Dark Elves, conquer the territories under the control of the Driads, in spite of the expected repercussions. The creators of EverQuest Next have also intimated that they want to get out of the usual boring routine of having the same kind of actions repeated.

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According to Steve Danuser, the Lead Content Designer of the new program, gamers will no longer walk-up into an area to watch a group of NPCs standing around with question marks not knowing what their next assignment entails. The players will instead be led to areas where action events are taking place, all throughout the land of Norath. Gamers will also have the opportunity to influence the games in their own unique and different ways. In addition, the NPCs will work and lead virtual lives by following through the ambitions assigned to them by the developers. Case in point; depending on the actions of the player, an incursion into the Serpentspine Mountains by the Koboib could trigger an awakening of destructive evil forces. Perhaps one of the most outstanding features of the upcoming game is the ability to build and destroy things.

Lead honchos at SOE expect overwhelming response from players, in regards to the changes the development team has effected on EverQuest Next genre. Some of these changes are evident in the Landmark project; players should expect a different MMO with a different backstory. For example, the power bestowed on the player makes it incredibly fascinating to watch the conquest and demise of an enemy combatant. The design team behind the new release will also alter the manner in which players interact with non-player characters. SOE hopes to make EverQuest Next a free-to-play game once it is released; this means that buyers won’t be prompted to pay subscription fee during the initial run of the game. Despite the ever growing hype, the much awaited release date for EverQuest Next PC and PS4 editions is yet to be announced.

Summary of EQNext News in Oct 2014

There hasn’t been much activity in the EQNext world this month except for one big announcement. Recently, SOE released a new and updated version of Player Direct. Player Direct is a way for video creators to share their work with SOE and the community. SOE is looking for players who can provide videos, images, meme, articles, streams and webcasts. More can be found on the SOE website.

A new EverQuest Next story was released, “The Razor’s Edge” in which we see through the eyes of Tork who is a young ogre on his first patrol in the Feerrott. The story is set during an interesting moment of the ogre history. In order to remove the Dal influence from their cities, the ogres march on the city of Quin’Sari.

That being said, Dave Georgeson at SOE Live talked about progress and he estimated everything to be about 60% done. Most of which includes the core systems being put in place, tested, etc, in Landmark. This includes chat, guild, terrain, caves, water, movement, the basics of combat, and so much more in small things.

Military Games hosted a TeamSpeak channel SOE Play It Forward – Extra Life even on October 18, 2014 and it ran until October 26. Military Gamers has over 2,300 members who are enlisted in the United States Army and they now span over 15 games! Similarly, they made an effort to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network charity via Extra Life’s 24-hour gaming marathon.

As for the further development of EQNext, a number of people are speculating for a closed beta early next year. If you’re not paying attention to Landmark, then you’re missing more information than you think. Landmark is set to have mobs and AI in December, and the dev tools for players to tweak the AI and set it up on their claims will follow shortly after. Combat has been implemented, and is constantly being revised and expanded.

After AI, there’s very little that needs to be implemented in Landmark before it’s ready for open beta. After the 60% completion point as was pointed out earlier, What will remain is content and quest building, and since at least part of that is offloaded to the players of Landmark, it’s conceivable that EQN will be ready for open beta-soft launch a year later.

But then again, it is just a speculation. Stay tuned for more information at EQNext’s website, https://www.everquestnext.com

Summary of SOE LIVE 2014 for Everquest Next

For the second straight year Sony Online Entertainment teased fans with EverQuest Next sneak peeks during its annual fan event, SOE LIVE 2014. We were treated to three new classes, a new playable race and more details on exactly how combat and destructible environments will work in the upcoming next-generation mmorpg for the PC and PlayStation 4.

While we were sad that no launch date was announced — many expect it to drop in next year’s SOE LIVE 2015 — the disappointment quickly gave way to excitement as we watched the three new classes in action.

3 NEW CLASSES
clericFirst up was the Cleric, a dedicated support class that is anything but passive or weak. We are used to the idea of clerics as wimpy healers that stay at the backline spamming heals, or dealing tepid damage with a mace when push came to shove when all other DPS classes have been killed

But in EverQuest Next, the Cleric steps up big time to become more akin to a combat commander. This offensive-and-defensive support class can dish out the pain with holy spells while healing and providing buffs to allies. “People will rally behind him” says Darren McPherson, lead designer for EverQuest Next, which means the Cleric will join the front lines to act as a battlefield leader.

The second revealed class during SOE LIVE 2014 was the Elementalist, a ranged mage type that specializes in burning or freezing targets with fire and ice spells, respectively. Players searching for a class that inflicts strong area damage and crowd control will be satisfied with the Elementalist’s suite of abilities. There is also a big fun factor in playing this particular class — spell synergies! Through EverQuest Next’s unique combat system, spells can actually affect one another, and in the Elementalist’s case, encasing a foe in a block of ice then flinging a scorching fireball should result in extra explosive damage.

Then there’s the Tempest, the third and final class in the fan fest preview. True to its name, the Tempest transforms into lightning to deal high burst combo damage to unfortunate enemies. We are most reminded of a rogue’s playstyle, which is to rush up to a defenseless target then unload a sequence of skills to cause serious injury within seconds.

CLASS SYSTEM
Speaking of the class system, EverQuest Next solves the problem of players easily getting bored of their chosen class and needing to start over completely with a new character just try out the other classes. In EverQuest Next, class switching is allowed and made easy– even encouraged at times — to take advantage of inter-class synergies. There will be around 40 classes available at launch, so the combinations are plentiful enough to avoid homogenization in playstyles.

NEW RACE
We also got confirmation of a new playable race, the Teir’Dal or the Dark Elf. A bit of background about this tough-looking race: elementalistAfter the Combine was pushed to its last stronghold, the Bastion, in their war against the dragons, a caste of Elf warriors led by the Prince Keramore Thex distracted the main advance so the rest of the allied races could escape to another continent. A series of events led the warriors to the dark realm of Umbra where they were stuck for a long time and were transformed by the native magical forces into more sinister versions of their former race. EverQuest Next sees the return of the Teir’Dal from their exile in Umbra but are faced with an uphill battle for acceptance due to their drastic change in appearance.

ACTIVE COMBAT and DESTRUCTIBLE ENVIRONMENT
This year’s preview also touched on the innovative game mechanics between combat and the environment. Normally, players can only interact with the environment outside of battle. But in EverQuest Next, you can smash and shape your surroundings while in battle as part of your strategy to win. Terrain can become a hinder or help you in each battle, so players must assess their environment on top of all the other combat conditions. In fact, skills can be cast on the environment to produce dramatic effects such as freezing the floor then shattering it to create a pit where enemies will fall to their deaths.

What do you think about the EverQuest Next reveals this year? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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Explanation of EQNext Landmark

If you are a fan of the EverQuest franchise, you will absolutely love what is about to happen in the very near future. Though EverquestNext, the upcoming free to play online MMO, doesn’t yet have an official release date, fans of the series are hungry for any and all information they can get their hands on. That includes information on how you…yes, you…can help develop the game. This brings us to EverquestNext Landmark, the one of a kind opportunity to get in on the action before EverquestNext is even introduced.

What is EverquestNext Landmark?

eqnextlandmarkEverquestNext Landmark is sort of like a pre-cursor to the release of the EverquestNext game. In the game, you will be able to design and manage objects, buildings and more. These items may be used in the future by the developers and be added to EverquestNext!

EQN Landmark Alpha will be launching on or before February 28th, 2014, and you will have a chance, by picking up a Founder’s Pack on the official website, to participate. However, the EQN Landmark and Main EQN release date are still unknown. In order to get access to EQN Landmark, you will need to buy one of the three different founders packs. These packs, ranging from $19.99 to $99.99 will not only allow you to enter the EQN Landmark world; you can also get access to a number of features. Only two of the packs will allow you access on the 28th, but by the end of March, no matter what pack you buy, you can play inside this world.

Known Features of EverquestNext Landmark?

Now that you know a bit about what you can expect from EQN Landmark, you might be interested in some of the features. EQN Landmark is all about building, and there is really no limit to what you can build, besides your imagination, of course. Landmark is also huge, according to developers, so you will have the chance to look around, lay claim to land, gather materials and make your mark on the EQN world. Through a series of contests, for instance, your own structures and designs might be put in EverquestNext on a permanent basis.

There are materials, secrets and gear scattered throughout Landmark that you can get your hands on and you can use these items to make new in-game objects. In fact, you can even make real money by selling them to other players in Player Studio.

EQN Landmark is just a small part of the greater EverquestNext world, the possible biggest sandbox MMO, and it is the world that will serve as a reflection of your own imagination. If you have ever had the desire to design and play in your own world, EQN Landmark will be the perfect game for you.

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When should EQ Next Release?

Okay, listen up all you gamers out there. For any of you who are a fan of the EQ series of games you just might have to enjoy the ones that you go now.

Now for all of those who are familiar with the games already you will know that there is two out there. One of them being EQ and the second being EQ11. And the rumor is that there is going to be a further installment that will blow away the first two. The rumor is that this next installment will completely abolish the first two in every way possible. Now the question remains when will this new installment be released. I mean there is so much hype about it now and it’s only going to cause more pandemonium with talk of another installment being worked on.

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And according to actual gaming sources the wait may not be that to far off. Apparently part of the next installment has already been released. And it was released no August 2, 2013. And that is exciting news for all of you gamers out there. Now the next installment is much better than the first two. And originally it wasn’t set to be unleashed until may 2015, 2014 at the very earliest. But due to overwhelming demand for the game they scrambled quickly and released at least part of the newest version. And according to sources out there this one is said to be taking over.

Now if this late breaking news excites you may be foaming at the mouth when the next one will be out. Well the next one will not be out for quite some time. Because of the early release of this installment they have to really take some time to hone the next one.

EverQuest Next – What We Know So Far

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The headquarters of Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego. Photographed by user Coolcaesar on February 17, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EverQuest was one of the first MMORPG games ever developed, and while it hasn’t dominated the MMO scene in the past few years, developers plan to release the fourth installment of the series that may bring quite a bit of attention to the game. Although the EverQuest Next beta hasn’t even been opened up yet, making this title unavailable for a long time, there are plenty of rumors surrounding the game which we can explore.

E3 Revelations

EverQuest Next was only revealed to a very select few amount of attendees at the E3 conference this year, and it still managed to pull in a lot of attention. SOE allowed outside gamers to view the new upcoming title through their TwitchTv livestream, which displayed the unveiling. Not a whole lot was given away at this time. However, there were hints that the game might be available on the PlayStation 4, branching off of just being a PC game and going into the console world.

The World

Developers decided on taking a unique route when designing the world that EverQuest Next will take place in. With other titles, they have created a whole new map for the story to take place in. Instead, developers plan on having the game take place in a “parallel world” very similar to the last title, but changes will be made in the lore and characters. They are going to try and intertwine all of the worlds into this one map, making it the general area that all the stories mix up into. Of course, it won’t be the exact same map that players are used to, that would be boring. However, you can expect to have a lot of similarities with slight differences that mix up the different worlds.

Sony Online Entertainment‘s Big Changes

SOE has made some big changes with this game. First of all, they aren’t going to be using the same gaming engine as before, as they will be moving to something that is more efficient. Sony recently developed ForgeLight, which is their most upgraded gaming engine, which they will be hosting EverQuest Next on. This gaming engine was used for the game “PlanetSide 2,” so you may have already saw it in action if you played this title.

EverQuest Next is also going to be a free to play game. Sony plans to make money off of micro-transactions that are completely optional to the player, so you only have to spend money if you want additional items or small features.

What’s Next for EverQuest Next?

EverQuest Next wasn’t officially released to the public yet, as they kept it pretty vague at E3. However, they plan on doing the official EverQuest Next reveal on SOE Live, which will take place on August 2nd. This will be the date that EverQuest Next fans can look forward to if they want to learn more about the upcoming title. Don’t expect a EQNext launch date quite yet, but you should be able to look forward about getting into the EverQuest Next beta.

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Take a Closer Look to EverQuest Next

Everquest Next, produced by Sony Online Entertainment, is the third of the series of a huge multiplayer game available online. This fun free to play sandbox game is powered by a newly developed ForgeLight Engine. This gives the game lightning speed and makes slightly more realistic characters. There is definitely amazing clarity and stylized graphics that can even show facial expressions.

The first two EverQuest games were beyond great, but this next one is much better. Enjoy a MMORPG of fantasy and worlds that you can’t even imagine. EverQuest Next is actually a parallel world (Norath) from the other EverQuest game worlds, although many of the characters and locations are very familiar.

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This EverQuest game is different also because of “Landmark” which gives you almost total control over building your game with easy to use tools. One of the biggest features is that you can actually build ANYTHING. Landmark gives you complete reign over everything. The second greatest feature is that you can destroy ANYTHING. This makes getting rid of the enemy a very interesting feat as you can do things like bury them in an avalanche. But have no fear, things will regenerate after about five minutes.

Because this is a massive online game played with others all over the world, each day might reveal something new – it all depends on the players. You never know when a king might die or the world might be destroyed.

Choose between eight different “classes” then become armed with two weapons and up to six abilities. Later in the game, you will be able to pick others and change them as you explore the other “classes”. This should be very intriguing game play as SOE was going for something almost completely new for the role-playing gamers. With the FogeLight engine, Landmark, and the greatest worlds combined to give you constant entertainment.

EverQuest Next to be the Biggest Sandbox MMO Ever?

The next installment in the EverQuest franchise, accurately titled EverQuest Next, is reportedly the biggest sandbox MMO ever made. Attempting to clean the disappointing EverQuest II smudge from their record, which had nothing but linear gameplay, Sony Online Entertainment is making an epic open-ended world where you can choose to do what ever you want. That’s right, you are no longer required to grind your levels in the same boring old sewers that everyone else is fighting for creeps in. In fact, there aren’t even levels. You will be able to choose from 40 different classes. You will have the option to customize your character anyway you like with the variety of skills that you can mix and mash up.

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EverQuest Next is offering gamer’s destruction on a large scale. The engine is not just massive, but its world is ever changing due to buildings and landscapes that are able to be destroyed. So, if you want to take that big, beautiful rolling plain with livestock grazing in it into a crater and a mushroom cloud, you will have the option! If destruction isn’t your thing, you can also use a program called EverQuest Landmark which will allow you to create objects and buildings within the game the same way the developers did the first time around.

The game is also boasting some heightened NPC intelligence, which I’m sure we have all seen hyped in games in the past and never quite meets expectations. We can only hope that the developers of EverQuest Next have taken that into consideration and have made what little grind there may be in this game a little more interesting than in its predecessors.

The developers at SOE are striving to make a game that changed the world the same way the first EverQuest did.

22 Online Teaching Programs for the Blended or Flipped Classroom

Blended and flipped classrooms allow learning to occur beyond classroom walls. Students can take ownership of their education by learning online on their own time.

Below are 22 recommended programs that will engage students and help teachers to be more effective.

Moodle

logoA free Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle is fully customizable and allows teachers to publish instructional materials and learning units; they can also post and track assignments and discussion threads.

CourseSites by Blackboard

Screenshot from 2014-07-15 14:39:43Another free LMS, CourseSites by Blackboard allows teachers to set up learning modules, a discussion forum, and an assignment calendar. Students can track their progress through the course and their grades.

Canvas by Instructure

logo_instructureCanvas, another free LMS, has engaging mobile apps and several assessment features. A teacher can provide audio and video feedback on student projects and assignments. Highly-developed grading rubrics and analytical features help teachers and students assess learning needs.

Desire2Learn

Screenshot from 2014-07-15 15:02:11As a free LMS, Desire2Learn is particularly good for data-driven instruction. Teachers can import standards, analyze student benchmark test data, and set up remediation. Teachers can also utilize a drop box for assignments, design quizzes for formative assessment, set up ePortfolios for students, and provide feedback using well-developed rubrics.

Claroline

5342524eb16f8Claroline is also a free LMS software that strives for simplicity and flexibility in its learning environment. Teachers can publish course content and homework, and they can track attendance and completion of work. Teachers can also set up learning pathways and wikis.

RCampus

rcampus_logo_2011Another free LMS, RCampus is a one-stop-shop for educators. Teachers can post course content and moderate discussion forums, and they can also create websites and ePortoflios. Teachers can maintain their grade books while posting, collecting, and grading assignments.

Aplia

aplia_logoAnother popular college-level LMS, Aplia lets teachers set up online assessments, which generate automatic grades and feedback when taken by students. Standards are easy to import, and the platform is integrated with several college-level textbooks.

Schoology

Screenshot from 2014-07-15 15:25:32Schoology’s mission as an LMS is for teachers to spend less time on paperwork and more time interacting with students. Students can take tests directly in the program, the grades are instantly recorded. The ability to video chat is particularly useful in tutoring students. Also, teachers can connect their classroom with another classroom.

Digital Chalk

digitalchalk-online-training-software-logoTeachers can create interactive multimedia lessons using the Digital Chalk LMS. They can also create tests and assignments, upload files and SCORM materials, and embed course content from other websites.

Personalized Learning System by School Pathways

Screenshot from 2014-07-15 15:30:24This web-based software allows teachers to create course content for each individual student in each of their classes. With over 5,000 prebuilt frameworks, teachers can load the objectives, assignments, and assessments that each student may need to master a concept or skill. For details, visit: http://www.schoolpathways.com/bluemousePLS.html.

Collaborize Classroom

download (1)Based on a question-answer-result design, Collaborize Classroom is designed to enrich classroom discussions, provide opportunities for project work, and help students to collaborate and share resources. Collaboarize has a huge topic library, allowing teachers to share engaging, relevant learning questions.

Edmodo

download (2)Edmodo offers several options for social interaction. Teachers can conduct polls and establish discussion groups. Students can role play historical figures, follow current events using RSS feeds, engage with Science Prob, or participate in an online book discussion. Through Edmodo groups, it is relatively easy to link classrooms.

Udemy

Screenshot from 2014-07-15 15:41:41Udemy is a course publishing software. Udemy allows teachers to host live online sessions. Teachers can also create slide-show and video mashups.

eLecta Live Virtual Classroom

logo201008The Live Virtual Classroom offers everything needed for live sessions from interactive whiteboards, polls and surveys, guided web tours, breakout rooms, file sharing, text chat, and session recording and playback.

Verso

images (2)Verso allows students to engage in enriching activity-based learning. Students can comment and like one other’s work. Anonymous comments help students to take risks and develop their thinking at a deeper level without peer pressure.

Socrative

logo (1)Teachers can host online sessions at Socrative, or this software can be used in the classroom to take polls during a lesson or conduct quick pre- or post-learning quizzes.

Google Applications for Education

google_logo_41Google Sites allows an educator to create instructional sites, which can also be used for student portfolios. Google Drive offers a lot of flexibility for students to submit assignments to the teacher. Google Classroom integrates Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail.

Kaizena

Screenshot from 2014-07-15 15:59:31Kaizena can be synced with Google Drive, and it helps teachers give better feedback to students. Using this software, teachers can add voice commentary, resources links, and text comments to student assignments.

Edublogs

download (3)Helping students to develop writing skills and to build content knowledge, Edublogs is an academic blogging platform.

 WikiSpaces

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WikiSpaces helps students and teachers to collaborate in creating webpages. Students can strengthen their writing through peer and teacher review. As the moderator, teachers can track student participation on any page.

Quizlets

Screenshot from 2014-07-15 16:13:59Designed by a high school student, Quizlets is particularly good for foreign language or vocabulary study. The site uses customizable flashcards and student-friendly games.

Memrise

head.v1Memrise uses memes, a combination of images and humor, to help students memorize information. Students can earn points and compete against friends.

Blended learning and flipped classrooms definitely increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Through online platforms and software, teachers can make sure that every student is learning all the time, not just for a few minutes in the classroom.