New Blippit Media Widgets [now live!]

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Sharp-eyed Blippit users will see two new widgets above.  Even more sharp-eyed users will spot that the image widget has had an enhancement too to enable your image to become linked to another web address very easily.

New YouTube & Vimeo Widget

Usually people take the embed code from their videos in YouTube/Vimeo and paste them in to our Writer Widget.  You still can take this approach but if you’re short on time or skill we’ve just made it a whole lot easier. Just grab the link from the share area and paste that into Blippit’s Video Widget and everything is taken care of.

New SoundCloud Widget

SoundCloud originates from very similar principles to Blippit in that it’s inclusive and enabling.  As a tool the focus is on music and sound so if you’ve got music in your veins then it’s a perfect opportunity for you to take your work mobile.  Check out their Apps too on the various app stores; just search ‘SoundCloud’

Quickie: Facebook Page Changes

Over the next week or so Facebook Pages will be changing in how they’re laid layout.

Your school apps showing the Welcome page, Media Channel and so on will be displayed on the left of the screen as you can see below instead of across the top.  So, no great shakes but keep an eye out for the change.  You shouldn’t be negatively impacted by it at all 🙂

 

The Apprentice Meets Blippit

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On Monday 3rd March Blippit was a central tool supporting Task 4 for Apprentice hopefuls from years 5 & 6 at Abbey Community Primary School in Leicester.

(YouTube version is here if the one below is too slow)

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In half a day the teams were well underway with creating apps to support families with learning at home. Huge ideas as you’d expect.

Interestingly, the teams were very adept I thought at moving across platforms in creating their apps.  For example:

  1. They used the Makewav.es app to record video, sound and other things
  2. Then then brought the content straight in to Blippit via our Blippit Makewav.es Widget
  3. Next was a little impromptu HTML coding via the fabulous www.w3schools.com – no sweat.

Currently the apps they made, still evolving, are on the school’s website and the teams are seeking the votes of their peers – the equivalent of Nick & Anne!  Good luck to whoever makes it through to the next round!

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there’s a missing question mark in the video – it’ll get fixed.

Simplifying access to Blippit with RM Unify

Familiar with the whole “I forgot my username/password ” routine?

For a few months now we’ve been working with RM in order to make using Blippit even simpler.  Unify is a nifty cloud based app management tool and by using it schools are in fact making life much easier for everyone!

After logging in to Unify that’s it – all services are accessible thanks to the fabulous ‘single sign-on’ which takes care of logging in without you getting stressed out about it.

For a more complete view of  what Unify is all about just visit their page here.

BONUS!  Blippit knows whether you’re a teacher, student or Blippit system admin so we’ve now been able to let you switch hats with just one click and no extra logging in or decoding CAPTCHAs.  That has to be good right?