A lot of people, particularly from secondary schools, have the age old challenge of crazy schedules with one class out and another one straight in. It’s a bit like Paddington Station.
Because of this and the other demands every teacher faces it’s no surprise that not everyone has chance to practice/play with a tool like Blippit’s App Maker much before they actually come face to face with the children using it. Indeed we know for a fact that sometimes the children are the first main power users of the app maker in school.
So. That’s the reality. What then can we do to ease this a bit? Well videos seem to be one solution to support the class so that they can more independently get to grips with being creative while having their questions answered through video.
We’ve now just released a bunch of newly updated help videos and more are to come. They feature
an intro for app maker newbies
widget specific help videos
Just log in and click the ORANGE ‘?’ button in the top right corner to get to the Knowledge Base at any time
It’s summer time as this post goes live and we’ve been looking into our data a little bit. We wanted to know which of the app maker’s widgets were getting the most use and thought you might be interested too.
So as it’s summer, just for now anyway, you’re invited to download our one page PDF via the thumbnail below. It’s as easy to digest as a family pack of Maltesers and hopefully interesting as well!
Note the ‘tel://’ schema instead of the normal ‘http://’ schema. This is the important bit. You can do this in the HTML editor if you want (i.e.you don’t have to go to code view). Just change the ‘http://’ in the link making tool to ‘tel://’
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.
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.