New 2016 App Maker Tour Video

This longer video is for schools just starting out with the App Maker this summer 2016 & it’s been done to link up with our totally revised planning unit for year 6.

Some people find it easier having everything in one video instead of smaller chunks but you can click the built in navigation buttons (if watching on a laptop in Youtube) to jump about the video to see different chapters and save time. (YouTube version below & school filter friendly version is below that)

Best viewed full screen – includes voice-over

 

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You've got that yucky feeling? Blippit chat to Kidsafe

This week Blippit Social met up with NW based Kidsafe for a chat about safeguarding, child exploitation and the importance of not keeping experiences inside that give a child a ‘yucky feeling’ as Kidsafe describe it.

Blippit Social’s approach & beliefs about the importance of schools having a social approach to parental engagement complement Kidsafe’s work well which is why we’ve some interesting ideas bubbling in the pipeline now that will mean good things for schools in the future.

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“They know it’s a puppet!” Jude Walker from Kidsafe with KS.

Want the Chrome Version of Blippit IO?

In the USA, the Chromebook is the number one selling device into education from K-12.  Globally, well take a look for yourself at how the Chrome Browser is doing.  It’s pretty incredible.

browsers map stats

We love Chrome and Chromebooks but amazingly so few people in the UK and beyond have got to grips with how simple it is to speed up access to applications in the classroom.
So we decided, after a bit of a prompt from @TomSale (it was on the to do list Tom), to make a quick video to show you and your students exactly what to do and how to do it.  Enjoy!

Music: http://www.bensound.com

Share this video with parents – How to avoid missing Facebook updates

If you’re a member of the school’s Facebook community but haven’t interacted with any school updates for quite a while, you are much less likely to see updates coming through.  This is Facebook’s algorithms at work ensuring you only see what you’re interested in. However, a relatively new free feature emerged which not many people realise is there that can fix the issue of “I didn’t hear about that!”

We’ve made a 24 second video below (no sound) to show you what your parents need to do.  Just copy and paste this YouTube link

https://youtu.be/QfdLuCCN1Qs

…and share it to your school Facebook page and ask parents to Share & Like it to that their network of friends (other parents) see the video and can act on it too.

As a back up, it’d be worth mentioning the video via other communication channels for parents too.

Here’s the video – hope you find it useful.

Face-to-Face with New Blippit IO Spotlight

It’s time to put learning literally in the Spotlight.  Meaningful, authentic and unique experiences with high expectations are where Blippit IO Spotlight is aiming to help out.

Historically face-to-face communications using technology has been thwarted in school because of

  • technical barriers i.e. Skype is blocked or Google meant a lot of account setup and wider thought
  • lack of service support
  • stranger danger worries
  • memories of megabucks needed to achieve anything worthwhile

Blippit-Spotlight-LOGO

So what have we done?

We’ve created Blippit IO Spotlight & the plan is that it’ll be exclusively available to all our Blippit IO School users as part of the Blippit IO suite whether you use the App Maker or PureCode Python or both.  Here’s a quick introduction:

What does Spotlight do and how is it different?

We have given the teacher full control over everything with no need for tech support.  The teacher chooses

  • who can use video to communicate
  • when it’s available and therefore when it isn’t by default
  • when ‘rooms’ for links are available

We’ve made Blippit IO Spotlight so that teachers can

  1. create exciting and unique opportunities for communicating and collaborating with others
  2. connect simply to another Blippit IO member or invited ‘other’ from outside of Blippit IO
  3. use text chat to share comments or links with others
  4. make best use of our quick file sender to share resources with others in project chat
  5. collaborate and communicate via Blippit IO Spotlight safely any time and anywhere

We’d like to thank all our users, past and present, for coming along with us on this change-filled time in education.  Let’s face it – change became the norm many years ago so why not try to have some fun along the way?  😉

New Blippit IO Knowledge Base & Support

We’re building a brand new Blippit IO knowledge base for schools to supplement how you can find solutions to queries and create support requests too.

Register with the Blippit IO Knowledge Base via Google, Facebook or Twitter Accounts or just use your own credentials.

When you are not Registered the Knowledge Base will look like this.

When you ARE registered here’s a peek at what’s there now…

…and here’s a sample of a Solution article