How to Update your Blippit IO Chrome App Extension

Updating the Chrome Extension version Blippit IO sometimes needs a bit of encouragement.

Many teachers have said

I don’t have a Chromebook

But to use this popular version of Blippit you only need the Chrome Browser not a Chromebook.

At time of writing we’re currently on version 2.2.4.  The quickest way to check if you’re on vers. 2.2.4 at a glance is that the tool bar looks like this.

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If you’re not on 2.2.4 then follow the steps below.

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updating chrome ext

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Update Extensions Now

Not Installed a Chrome Extension Before?

You can get it here directly  or watch the video first.

Systems that simplify: Airhead, GroupCall IDaas, Google Edu, Microsoft Azure & RM Unify

One log-in is enough for most people – it’s certainly enough in schools when your brain is spinning and creaking with a million other things.  On the market just now are a growing number of technical solutions that are designed help you and the children sign in only once (or thereabouts) and get access to all your stuff from anywhere.

social log in
You’ll have seen how with some sites you can log in using your details from Twitter, Google, Facebook.  It’s pretty clever and it makes life simpler in the non-school world.  Unfortunately it’s less straightforward, or rather there’s more to consider, to enable this sort of authentication in schools.  Google has an impressive solution to this mentioned later in this post.   On a practical note,  having a log in option for younger users via social media is contra to the policies of pretty much all providers.

With the dream is always to make life simpler for users (while simultaneously keeping things fully usable, secure & customisable) here’s a whistle-stop tour of some available and proven systems that are here to lower technical friction and free up your brain space for learning.  They’re in no particular order other than alphabetical.


 

airhead

AirHead caught our eye at BETT 2016 as a very nicely done and deeply integrated web based desktop.  Your apps follow you whatever device you’re on and there’s some clever stuff under the hood that allows children and teachers to greatly reduce the number of times they have to log in to different systems.  If you want to bring in behaviour, attendance and all that gritty stuff you can do that too with all the big MIS systems listed here.

 

Google Apps for Education

Google has taken simplification to heart and wrapped some of the most powerful web based productivity tools around it you’re likely to see.   Want children to work/write/draw/survey or whatever together online in real time?  This will tick those needs off very nicely and wherever you or your children are working it won’t matter.  Well worth exploring if you’ve not already done so as us the Chromebook – a technology of which we’re huge fans hence the Chrome Extension we built of Blippit IO.

 

IDaas

If you like the tech, then one of the smartest fish under the waterline is GroupCall’s IDaaS (Identity Management for Education).  It’s a bit like the magic golden thread that ultimately lets you zip seamlessly and share data securely between systems.  Purely for education it has to be a good thing.  It does more but check them out for more info on their website.

 

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure may be starting to appear on your peripheral vision if you’re not directly involved in tech at school.  Your network support experts will be well aware of it.  One among the many things Azure does is to integrate lots of tools and services that are commonly used across your organisation such as email, where you keep your files and securely manage single login to multiple systems. Microsoft is operating a more open shop these days and MS non-fans may want to check out what is now being catered for under Azure.  Chat to Virtue Technologies in Skelmersdale – they know Azure well.

 

RM Unify

RM Unify is a single sign-on method that curriculum tools such as Blippit allow teachers and children to gain access with.  School users log in to RM Unify just once.  If user details are updated at school level this is synchronised automatically across all other systems including Blippit if necessary.  No more “I’ve forgotten my password!” & plenty of customisation at a local level so schools can point to bought and free stuff at will.  It’s also a shop window so if you’re using RM’s MIS you can try, buy and deploy from the browser very easily.


Going back in time…

Protopage

In 2005, yes that’s 11 years ago, I came across and played with a web based information dashboard/desktop product called ProtoPage.  It’s not so much for schools but the whole web based customisable desktop ‘thing’ is right there and has been for the last 11 years. Worth a play if only to fix in your mind, should it need fixing, what a powerful thing having web based desktop can be.

 

Future Schools, Sydney (Storify)

Non-stop.

That’s the phrase that summed up day one (UPDATE: & Day 2) for Craig Wallace on the stand and he is not prone to exaggeration 😉  We were supporting and listening in thanks to the magical powers of social media and live stream and it really was a day crammed with teachers soaking up the CPD opportunities of which there were many.

We’ve done our best to Storify our tweets and those of teachers with whom we connected. This was an incredible event for us and we’re so grateful for everyone who came to see us to learn more about Blippit’s App Maker and other computing tools.

Blippit Ambassadors

We were asked by so many people who they might get involved that it we’re now actively seeking out people who might suit becoming learning champions – Blippit Ambassadors.  If that’s something you’d like to know more about just email craig.wallace@blippit.com.au

If you’re feeling really brave scroll right to the bottom of this post to see what happens virtually at Blippit Australia HQ.  This is not the kind of Python we like.

There’s currently a bloke down here drinking a VB tally and chucking his pet snake around. Amazing

A video posted by Indiana Bones (@indy.bones) on

Future Schools Expo 2016 Sidney Australia

Future Schools
Just the screen and projector to hook up then we’re done!
On the 3rd-4th March, we’re thrilled that Blippit will be introduced to Australian educators by Craig Wallace on stand 68!

The Future Schools Expo is probably the largest education show in the Southern Hemisphere and if you like your geography this link may help.

 Australian technology Park

Craig WallaceFrom a UK point of view, I’ve known Craig Wallace for many years and am really glad to be working with him on Blippit Australia at such an exciting time.  If you know us you’ll know we don’t do silly sales speak and always put schools first.  Craig is no exception and if you get chance to have a chat with him over the next day or so then do.

In the run up to the show, many schools have got free accounts on Blippit and they’re beginning to explore and find their way already.  Over the next few days with a bit of luck and not an inconsiderable amount of work via Craig and his teacher colleague from Sidney, we really hope to learn lots about what educators dealing with the big changes to the curriculum in Australia are looking for and hopefully we’ll develop some long lasting partnerships as a result.

#BlippitSelfie

By the way, Blippit Australia is offering a free year on Blippit for the best tweeted selfie carrying the hashtag #blippitselfie taken at the Future Schools Expo.  So don’t be a stranger – go see Craig and grab that selfie!

Visit: www.blippit.com.au
Follow: @BlippitAu

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John