Say goodbye to a blank app project starting point! New features to support faster, smoother and easier lesson starts, assessment and collaborative working are now live for all schools.
Here’s what you can now do
Save a great project starter app as a project template and share it out directly within Blippit to target year groups/classes or individuals for any subject or colleague to use.
Save time year on year with planning and preparation
save, store and re-cycle templates
make templates to support different abilities and share to targeted students with differing levels of scaffolding in place within the app template
All users can now download an app at any stage of development. This is useful for assessment purposes in that you can have different versions of the app saved to show how it has developed over time
Download an app from Planet Blippit (see how in this video) and upload it to your own account for re-mixing before you share it out to targeted class groups
Teams of students working collaboratively can plan and develop an app project together then download the basic app and share an exact copy to each member of the team to develop different versions based on that design. This is done with the new app template upload/ download feature available to all users.
As you can see every app made by a student or teacher user now has an extra link so that others can download and remix the app if they want to using their own Blippit App Maker account. No other tool can open a Blippit App to remix and develop it further. All apps are teacher approved and all apps carry an audit trail in their About section to show the origins of the app project.
For many people, logging in to multiple web based services is a real pain in the backside. In schools, when you add in the pressured pace of life and dynamic nature of the environment, the pain can really stack up.
It’d be very cool to just have one log in that spoke to every other system as access was needed aka a ‘single sign-on’. But as Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker in Spiderman, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Logging out of systems suddenly becomes very important.
How could Office 365 or Google Apps for Education help life in school?
Lots of schools now choose to adopt one or the other platform (& sometimes bits of each) because it means they’re in a good position to get one step closer to the dream of single sign-on. One unique username (often an email address) and password will not only get each person into Office 365/Google but even better is that they can use these same credentials to log in to other systems too.
Find out more about having Office 365 in your school
Take Blippit as an example
Schools using Office 365 or Google Apps for Education can now use their school details to log in and get busy making apps, code projects and so on. We make a simple change on the school’s Blippit account and then that’s it. There’s no more extra account creation, management or delayed lesson starts while someone sorts out their password. Any password changes that happen are triggered through Office 365 or Google and when this happens it doesn’t affect any other system, including Blippit.
If your school uses Blippit IO and wants to reduce the number of tech admin jobs for colleagues as well as the number of usernames and passwords children/teachers have to remember then visit these two ‘how to’ articles for Office 365 or Google Apps. Start saving time, energy & blood vessels today.
Blippit IO is also available on AirHead which, when you first have a go with the free version, allows you to enter your Blippit IO username & password then securely remember it for wherever you are and whichever computer you’re using. It’s a superb way to begin to experience the convenience of simplified sign on. Dig deeper and you’ll also find that AirHead can offer your school a different way of making children’s and teacher’s lives a lot easier because it also integrates with Office 365 and Google Apps for Education among other things.
From a UK point of view, I’ve known Craig Wallace for many years and am really glad to be working with him on Blippit Australia at such an exciting time. If you know us you’ll know we don’t do silly sales speak and always put schools first. Craig is no exception and if you get chance to have a chat with him over the next day or so then do.
In the run up to the show, many schools have got free accounts on Blippit and they’re beginning to explore and find their way already. Over the next few days with a bit of luck and not an inconsiderable amount of work via Craig and his teacher colleague from Sidney, we really hope to learn lots about what educators dealing with the big changes to the curriculum in Australia are looking for and hopefully we’ll develop some long lasting partnerships as a result.
By the way, Blippit Australia is offering a free year on Blippit for the best tweeted selfie carrying the hashtag #blippitselfie taken at the Future Schools Expo. So don’t be a stranger – go see Craig and grab that selfie!
When we added the feature of being able to upload animated gifs into Blippit App Maker Apps via the Image Widget we of course had to do some testing before releasing it to users. Just now we found a little surprise in one of the files we used to test with….
Schools from 9/10/15 (GMT evening) will be able to use all of Blippit IO’s tools for FREE!
Blippit IO App Maker
Blippit IO PureCode Python (text based coding)
Blippit IO Spotlight (video web conferencing)
You’ll be able to set up unlimited student and teacher users accounts within your school to use all of Blippit IO’s tools whenever and wherever you choose (subject to the t’s and c’s). *Schools can upgrade their FREE Account to ‘unrestricted use’ at any time as per usual.
App Maker Privacy
Administrators can now choose whether or not to publish a student’s app onto Planet Blippit
App Maker Animation
We have re-designed both the Image Widget and Slideshow Widget so that you can now upload animated Gif files into your app. These clever little files can be seen on any mobile device and have seen a resurgence in popularity recently. Here’s an example of such an animated gif featuring Blippit IO PureCode Python.
Here’s another showing animated images in the rebuilt Slideshow Widget. Don’t watch them too long though or you may go a bit mad.
Image Widget Editor
Upload and press ‘Edit Image’ to open up the powerful image editor right there in Blippit IO App Maker. Add text, Instagram-type filters, stickers and more sophisticated effects with ease and speed. This in it’s own right transforms what users can creatively achieve in their app projects.
*free accounts are not available for home-school arrangements or schools using single-sign on platforms in the UK. Schools using single0-sign on setups can of course register outside of their single sign-on platform but they would then have to log in outside of their normal habits and subsequently have more than a single sign on account to manage.
Blippit IO FREE Version! Computing App Making, Python coding, video web conferencing
The new app maker currently in closed BETA testing is getting a, dare we suggest it, beautiful overhaul of how user admin is handled. Having played tonight with the new interface and features first-hand I can say that it makes admin almost a pleasure.
We’ll be unleashing the new app maker for general release really soon so keep your eyes peeled if you’re interested in seeing the new incarnation.
Yesterday I was on a train journey that seemed so dull it could have been in black and white. And that’s when I had an idea.
I took a sneaky quick snap in the reflection of the train window, being sure not to arouse attention with a loud shutter sound effect or auto flash that would give the game away.
I sent the photo up to the Cloud via 4G which then synced to my laptop. Once there I loaded up my beta version of the new app maker which is currently in closed testing with peeps from schools.
One of the new features in the BETA comes under the heading of ‘funky’. It was never requested by any user ever but what the heck we built it anyway because we believe it’ll have a big impact for the better.
Essentially we’ve taken the app maker and turned the Image Widget bit of it into a full blown image editor capable of quite magical things. Well, in the right hands anyway; not necessarily mine as you can see.
We can’t wait to see what our users do with this 🙂 Choo choo!