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.

New Blippit Makewav.es widget goes live today

[2018 UPDATE: THIS FEATURE HAS NOW BEEN WITHDRAWN]

From today if you’re a school using Makewav.es your students can now publish their stories, in part or in entirety, as discrete apps using Blippit!

We’ve designed this to be super easy as you’d expect and the end result is that

  • video
  • audio
  • slideshows & text can now be added in seamlessly amongst the other Blippit widgets.

Not a Makewav.es user?
You can register for free if you like with Makewav.es and get 30 mins of recording time free.

  • This  widget is our very first optional upgrade pack
    • Equivalent cost of £3 month Primary   £6 month Secondary  (unlimited p.a.)
  • We’re giving the widget to everyone free for three weeks from 1/9/13 so you can see what it does for yourselves.

SSAT Speed Learning

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.

The Australian Curriculum & Blippit IO

(UPDATE: Since this article Blippit IO was launched in 2015)

We’ve just released a downloadable introduction to Blippit IO as part of the Australian Curriculum to help teachers get a feel for where Blippit fits in with teaching and learning.

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.

Get Your School Facebook Page into Blippit

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

 

blippitsocialicononly400x400First 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

  1. Get Logged In’s Facebook page URL is http://www.facebook.com/getloggedin
  2. Go to https://graph.facebook.com/getloggedin in your browser
  3. In your browser & copy your page id from the code (highlighted)
  4. Replace the italicised page id in this URL with yours https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=137228652990865&format=rss20
  5. Put the whole URL into a Blippit RSS widget, Save and preview.

 

Diversity = EAL + SEN + MFL + Blippit

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.

Diversity
Diversity

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.

And finally…

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!”

Nuff said.

(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.

[UPDATED Yr 8 added] Yr 9 Scheme of Work from The Fernwood School

[UPDATED 10th September 2014]

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.

>>Get the 2014 scheme here<<