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:
They used the Makewav.es app to record video, sound and other things
Then then brought the content straight in to Blippit via our Blippit Makewav.es Widget
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!
there’s a missing question mark in the video – it’ll get fixed.
We know some great people who work with schools and share their knowledge about with great passion and belief. Lesley Simm has recently been speaking at an SSAT speed learning event focusing upon using Blippit to make apps. Because she only had 3 minutes Lesley pulled together a bunch or resources for people to look at later here on her website.
She also created a ‘real time’ video of making an app about bluebells from beginning to end. (Total time @12 mins). As a Blippit Education Partner, Lesley is a safe pair of hands in the north west for anyone wanting CPD in this area.
This article from St Andrew’s Lutheran College (JS) in Queensland is a post by Julia Boulton who’s role there takes in e-learning and innovation more broadly. Here’s Julia’s post which includes her initial views on the original Blippit App Maker.
We really like the Australian approach to ICT in the curriculum. The way that ICT is woven through in the online documentation as one of seven general capabilities running throughout subjects seems to work well. It’s much inspired by FutureLab’s Digital Literacy Across the Curriculum.
As well as Blippit, Get Logged In offers Blippit Social which is all about enabling schools to have a a special and much safer presence on Facebook to engage with parents. After two conversations today with two schools here’s a nice way for schools who use Facebook to create a parent app on Blippit that gives parents the chance to monitor Facebook updates while using the app.
Here’s how to get your school Facebook page feed into your Blippit app
First you need to know your Facebook page id (not its friendly alias) so here’s how to get it replacing ‘getloggedin’ in every case with your own page name
Get Logged In’s Facebook page URL is http://www.facebook.com/getloggedin
Go to https://graph.facebook.com/getloggedin in your browser
In your browser & copy your page id from the code (highlighted)
Replace the italicised page id in this URL with yours https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=137228652990865&format=rss20
Put the whole URL into a Blippit RSS widget, Save and preview.
Diversity & inclusion was last week’s theme. Will hopefully be able to share more about it in some more detail pretty soon but last week saw a group of high school students with EAL giving Blippit a good workout. The activity they undertook in an afternoon resulted in a justifiably proud Head teacher, class teacher and of course critically proud students. Perhaps, for me anyway, significant was the way in which the school chose to share it’s achievements and who it shared them with ie. on Facebook with parents and students.
The second highlight was the subscribing to Blippit of a leading high school for students with special educational needs. Absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to hopefully (fingers crossed) get in there to see how Blippit will be exploited in the students’ learning there. Hopefully much more to come on that one soon.
You’ve recently asked for:
html tutorials -handy stuff to make exciting things happen
new ways to present navigation including images, different colours
refinements to the way Admin accounts display certain areas of information about the apps
We’re working to deliver these and would like to thank you again for just taking the time and having a go!! Your effort and feedback are phenomenal and it helps massively to improve Blippit week after week.
A year 7 student recently began work on a German app after finding she was enjoying the subject a lot.
Me: “Ah, so it’s a revision app?”
Student: “No, it’s a learning app!”
(Note: The Google Translate feature is not 100% working reliably and it may I am told be removed but for now it’s a cunning bit of integration and simple coding.
Just added today is a new PDF document from Alex Young at The Fernwood who’s sharing a big chunk of his Year 8 Computing resources now too via the link below. Look out for ‘!NEW! App making folder.pdf‘ in the DropBox when it opens up.
“Looking forward to another successful year of app making!”
More and more people are sharing their plans where Blippit’s App Maker is being used as part of computing. If you have some that you’d like to share out like Alex from right here on the Blog let us know via Support@.
[Original Post Below Nov 12th 2012]
Alex Young is a relatively new Head of Dept at The Fernwood School in Nottingham who has been busy revolutionising the Computer Systems curriculum.
“We do a lot of programming based courses and other relevant topics.”
He recently started to bring together a 7 week scheme of work about apps for year 9 on Blippit and very kindly agreed to share it here with any interested schools. It certainly beats facing a blank page and while Alex will be trialling the scheme from mid-November 2012 he is adding more to it shortly.