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 in the UK here and in AU here
If you’ve used any of our creative tools for schools you’ll probably know that we lean towards the ‘promoting inquisitive learners’ side of the street as opposed to the ‘nannying learners’ camp.
It’s not been done consciously it’s just that in my experience, the best learning I was ever involved with, in terms of developing higher level thinking skills, was project based learning (PBL). I was able to take a few interested Head Teachers to Hong Kong on a visit hosted by Dr Chris Tan whom I’d met when he came to speak in the UK about his Knowledge Based Community work. All Blooms, all rigorous and genuinely challenging.
So it was interesting to me that last week when in Dudley, London and then Manchester sharing what we do with Blippit IO that in every location I had teachers who were batting for the PBL approach, higher order thinking skills and who smiled broadly when I said “Oh Blooms stuff then?”
Why the PBL pre-amble to this blog post then?
We would like to set up some connections between UK schools using Blippit IO and Australian schools also using Blippit IO. Simply here’s the concept.
Pick a topic both settings can relate to
Create apps on that topic focusing on areas where answers to questions are not initially known
Publish apps to Planet Blippit
Evaluate each others apps to generate more questions and comparisons to arrive at new understanding
Video conference via Blippit IO’s Spotlight VC tool to talk/ask each other about your work/thinking.
Please email Blippit Australia via firstname.lastname@example.org stating who you are, your role and possible topics you’d like to focus on that Australian schools could also find of use. e.g local environmental issues.
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
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
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
create exciting and unique opportunities for communicating and collaborating with others
connect simply to another Blippit IO member or invited ‘other’ from outside of Blippit IO
use text chat to share comments or links with others
make best use of our quick file sender to share resources with others in project chat
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? 😉
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!
I like this photo a lot. Head Teachers talking about social media parental engagement with Head Teachers and other school leaders at our Bippit Positive Head Teachers’ Event yesterday at the beautiful Brockholes Nature Reserve.
Yesterday schools from all over the north west come along to talk about the day-to-day challenges & successes of parental engagement. It’s safe to say I think that noone went back to school with questions unanswered because we’d also invited some experienced Head Teacher colleagues along to share what they’d learned over the last 4 years with us.
Themes talked about included
educating & supporting parents
nurturing & harnessing school values through parents
tips & tricks
what works better than something else
data on trends for engagement
data on topics of discussion
data on peak times for engagement
data on community demographics & much more
New! Blippit Social Reports
We introduced our new social reporting service for schools which goes beyond what regular Facebook Insights offer. This for me personally is ‘where it’s at’ for us and our schools when you need to prove your worth, demonstrate how school is managing to keep the focus of relationship with parents on track or the value of the activity to yourself or other powers that be. (Here’s an earlier article on just a small part of what we do.)
The event was filmed in lovely HD and we’ll be sharing the footage with delegates, speakers and other specially selected channels soon. We’ll be doing more of this due to demands on the day and from those who simply couldn’t make it.
BIG THANKS to
Acer Education UK for sponsoring the Chromebook prize which was won by a delegate from a school in Wigan