If you’ve used any of our creative tools for schools you’ll probably know that we lean towards the ‘promoting inquisitive learners’ side of the street as opposed to the ‘nannying learners’ camp.
It’s not been done consciously it’s just that in my experience, the best learning I was ever involved with, in terms of developing higher level thinking skills, was project based learning (PBL). I was able to take a few interested Head Teachers to Hong Kong on a visit hosted by Dr Chris Tan whom I’d met when he came to speak in the UK about his Knowledge Based Community work. All Blooms, all rigorous and genuinely challenging.
So it was interesting to me that last week when in Dudley, London and then Manchester sharing what we do with Blippit IO that in every location I had teachers who were batting for the PBL approach, higher order thinking skills and who smiled broadly when I said “Oh Blooms stuff then?”
Why the PBL pre-amble to this blog post then?
We would like to set up some connections between UK schools using Blippit IO and Australian schools also using Blippit IO. Simply here’s the concept.
- Pick a topic both settings can relate to
- Create apps on that topic focusing on areas where answers to questions are not initially known
- Publish apps to Planet Blippit
- Evaluate each others apps to generate more questions and comparisons to arrive at new understanding
- Video conference via Blippit IO’s Spotlight VC tool to talk/ask each other about your work/thinking.
Please email Blippit Australia via firstname.lastname@example.org stating who you are, your role and possible topics you’d like to focus on that Australian schools could also find of use. e.g local environmental issues.
Last week I ran a workshop on fishing where the fish are at The Parent Zone Digital Families event in London. I was asked if I’d share the slides so here, as promised, they are!
Schools from 9/10/15 (GMT evening) will be able to use all of Blippit IO’s tools for FREE!
- Blippit IO App Maker
- Blippit IO PureCode Python (text based coding)
- Blippit IO Spotlight (video web conferencing)
You’ll be able to set up unlimited student and teacher users accounts within your school to use all of Blippit IO’s tools whenever and wherever you choose (subject to the t’s and c’s). *Schools can upgrade their FREE Account to ‘unrestricted use’ at any time as per usual.
App Maker Privacy
Administrators can now choose whether or not to publish a student’s app onto Planet Blippit
App Maker Animation
We have re-designed both the Image Widget and Slideshow Widget so that you can now upload animated Gif files into your app. These clever little files can be seen on any mobile device and have seen a resurgence in popularity recently. Here’s an example of such an animated gif featuring Blippit IO PureCode Python.
Here’s another showing animated images in the rebuilt Slideshow Widget. Don’t watch them too long though or you may go a bit mad.
Image Widget Editor
Upload and press ‘Edit Image’ to open up the powerful image editor right there in Blippit IO App Maker. Add text, Instagram-type filters, stickers and more sophisticated effects with ease and speed. This in it’s own right transforms what users can creatively achieve in their app projects.
*free accounts are not available for home-school arrangements or schools using single-sign on platforms in the UK. Schools using single0-sign on setups can of course register outside of their single sign-on platform but they would then have to log in outside of their normal habits and subsequently have more than a single sign on account to manage.
Blippit IO FREE Version! Computing App Making, Python coding, video web conferencing