The Blippit App Maker has just become an even more flexible, creative tool for curious minds!
With a renewed focus on coding using HTML we’ve done our utmost to retain the App Maker’s simplicity, keeping the drag and drop principle to make light work of complex tasks, while boosting more advanced features.
Every widget now has it’s own unique Widget Code so that you can now link to anything from within a Writer widget
Linking can be now done using text and images
Writer widget has a new colour-coded Source view for coding
Images are now managed for each app project in a gallery that collates all images uploaded across all widgets for ease of use
Images can now be uploaded directly into a Writer widget
Widgets can now be hidden from view in an app so that they can be worked on & included when ready or hidden to help users follow a set navigation path
Here are some new videos to support you if you’re looking to take advantage of the new features.
21 new Python Project Templates have just been added to Blippit’s PureCode Python for secondary schools.
The templates have been created by an Industry Project Team of final year computer science students at Griffith University on the Gold Coast in Australia who have been working with Blippit Australia to bring their subject expertise to schools learning to code in the cloud with Blippit.
PureCode Python Project Templates
These new project templates are progressive with the concepts they present and of course being templates they are completely editable by the teacher if schools wants to make their own version of the project.
If you’re not using Blippit already you can register for a free account.
Yesterday I took Blippit to the National Museum of Computing – immediate neighbour of Bletchley Park. To be invited as part of their Bytes Festival and work directly with their visiting families surrounded by such history was not half-bad.
Out of school you get such an insight into how parents relate to their children and learning as a whole. They share insights with you quite openly and comment on your limitless patience with their child who frankly drives them nuts most of the time.
There’s noone marking, setting targets or observing when it’s just you and a family which makes for some very natural and easy steps forwards. One young man (Year 3) made an app and learned what HTML 5 markup language was as he worked with me on the side and his mum making encouraging comments as he progressed. To say he was ‘off his seat’ with excitement when he saw his app on mum’s phone (she downloaded a QR code reader to get it) is an understatement.
Another young man’s Dad regaled me with stories of his son’s disengagement at school contrasting with his persistence, resilience and immersion in his favoured world of technology. It’s not an unusual story and we all know children like this but seeing how he learned was interesting. Essentially it was broadly like this
“listen to the expert”
“grab the basics”
“build and try out”
“go over bits as needed with expert again”
“build towards a result”
“improve on published app”
I’ve been lucky (no doubt about that) to teach in many different schools and environments over the years sometimes as a ‘regular’ teacher, sometimes as an ‘advisory’ teacher and more recently as the ‘Blippit Man’.
The ‘Blippit Man’ tag does generate extra attention and effort from children no doubt at all so my reflections are mindful of how children respond to people they view as ‘experts’ from the ‘real’ world.
This bit of shine from an external expert isn’t sustainable and so it makes what teachers and children achieve together, day in day out, all the more remarkable.
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.