Today is Independence Day. Google has a cool red, white, and blue logo, government workers and med students have the day off, and I'm sitting beside a small mountain of bottle rockets and excited to set off twice as many as usual. Why twice as many? Because today is a day of double celebration. On this July 4th, not only are we celebrating pyrotechnic wizardry and the country we live in, but we're celebrating the impending release of the new Firecracker platform!
What's Firecracker? Firecracker is the shiny new learning platform we've been working hard to bring all of you. It will mean richer features, better performance, more fun learning, higher scores, more interaction with peers, and more options for material (yes, this means Step 2). We're not yet ready for prime time, but because tonight the entire country country will be inadvertently promoting us by lighting up the sky with explosive chemicals, we thought it made sense to invite all of you to come check out what we've been working on.
How do you check out Firecracker? Just go to med.firecracker.me and create a new free account. Then take a look around and play with it. It's still a construction zone so watch out for stray nails, but don't be shy - let us know what you like and what you don't, what works and what doesn't. At the bottom of every page you'll find a suggestions form. Chime in on this and help make Firecracker the best it can be for all of us!
What will happen to Gunner Training? No worries, GT and all your data aren't going anywhere just yet. We'll be finishing up our work on the Firecracker platform and responding to feedback from all of you before we break out the champagne. Then we'll encourage everyone on GT to migrate their data over to Firecracker and ride our bottle rocket to Neptune with us. For those GT users that don't like space travel, we'll keep GT open for them. But all new users will be on Firecracker and that's where all the fun in the second half of 2012 will be.
How do you permanently switch to Firecracker? We'll soon be offering a way to migrate all of your GT data over to Firecracker so you can just pick up where you left off. Simple. Look for more news on that shortly.
We're really excited about Firecracker and think you will be too. Together we'll make learning something we celebrate every day! We'll keep bottle rocket manufacturers in business for a long, long time.
So cheers everyone, and Happy Independence Day from all of us at Firecracker!