News Post

Two Thousand Activities!

Jake the Admin

September 1, 2022

Recently the site crossed another milestone: there are now over two thousand activities on ALTopedia!

Looking into the numbers a little further, these activities have come from 229 different user accounts, although the Englipedia Archive collects activities from dozens, if not hundreds of teachers as well. Some of these archived activities date back a good 10 or 15 years!

I'd like to thank everyone who's taken time out of their days to share their work and ideas here. One philosophy that I try to follow with the site is that there isn't one perfect classroom activity for a given lesson or theme. Every class and teacher is a unique combination of personalities and experiences, and what might work great in one class with one teacher might not go over well at all in another class with another teacher. The goal with the site is to give people a wide variety of options that they can adapt to their circumstances.

This wouldn't be possible without a lot of different people voluntarily sharing their experiences, so if the site is useful for you, it's because it's the product of everyone working together.

As far as other news goes, there's now a user dashboard which I've been working on lately. You can check it out now if you're logged in, but I'm still tinkering with it. The goal is that it gives you a quick overview of what's happening on the site.

A lot of users were having issues with the Captcha system on the sign-up page. I'm trying out a new system which should hopefully be more reliable. I put it in place because spam bots will automatically sign up to any site that doesn't deliberately try to stop them, and I remember in the days before the Captcha I might have to delete as many as a dozen of those accounts per day. Please let me know if you're still experiencing sign-up issues.

As I've mentioned before, my intent is to pay for the site by having a subscription-based system where your account can have access to extra features if you subscribe. I've hit another snag recently regarding registering a business address, so this might still be a little ways out. In the meantime, please check out Patreon or Ko-fi to help support the site. You'll be able to use the Lesson Tracker, which is in active development.

I mentioned some server issues in my last post, but I finally got to the bottom of them (it turned out that the server was constantly trying to find some resources that didn't exist) and it should be back to normal now.

There's much more to come, but as always, please let me know what you think!

  1. slmpks September 1, 2022

    Thanks for everything Jake! Congrats!

  2. AsakawaSune September 1, 2022


  3. Josephg99 September 2, 2022

    Im a new JET ALT and new to teaching. This site has been a life saver and I cant thank everyone who contributes enough.

  4. noktik September 7, 2022

    Appreciate you!

    One feature I'd love to see is a "hot" category for things recently popular, to highlight some of the best new activities when checking the site at-a-glance.

    Personally, moving into high school causes a lot of the grammar points to be moot for me, but I love the creative new PowerPoints some people make that I can use as templates for different grammar.

  5. crisxselda September 7, 2022

    Thanks, Jake! We appreciate you and everything you've done for the community. Keep being awesome!

  6. Matthew September 7, 2022

    Love this site and everything you and the community does. Much apreciated and here is to another 2 thousand plus activities in the years to come!

  7. ALTPeter September 7, 2022

    As always, thanks Jake....this site is the best asset! (lets hang again soon)

  8. jiggswalsh September 9, 2022

    Great work Jakey boy! I love the Dashboard! #bringbacktopactivities

  9. UonumaRobert September 9, 2022

    Things are looking good. I'm partial to the extra long new activities list. With 20 spots they get to stay up on the front page longer.
    If the top ten were to come back then maybe on a different page that you could click to on the dashboard or from a pinned News headline in the center.

  10. domespayosjr06 September 16, 2022

    Congratulations! This an awesome site for activities for students. Cheers!

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