10 Improvements to the App Maker

Our¬†improvements today¬†are all about usability & accessibility on the App Maker. These will be arriving late in the day (Friday 23rd Sept) for most schools in all countries ūüôā

  1. New platform wide Font for easier reading (pic)
  2. Trimmed and simplified language in Widgets descriptions
  3. Icons added to improve interface & familiarity with widgets (pic)
  4. Widget Tips made easier to read for IWB and laptop users (pic)
  5. More space to write your feedback to children in app feedback
  6. More feedback when moving a widget in the Drop zone
  7. LITE gets the Switch Control Panel removed to make life simpler for Office 365 Education and Google Apps for Education & RM Unify schools
  8. You no longer get logged out when you change your password
  9. Teachers choose what happens to a .blip project template (pic)
  10. Blippit arrives faster on screens now via HTTP/2 (tech)
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New App Maker Templates – make, share, remix, download & upload apps

faster, smoother starts
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
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Here’s one video about how the teacher can now really easily share their own project in the app maker as a template for other children to work with and¬†learn from. ¬†More videos on this topic are in the Blippit Knowledge Base.

 

Planet Blippit

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.

Planet Blippit Downloadable Apps

 

Forms Widget now in Blippit App Maker

Google Apps for Education contains a powerful tool called Google Forms.  We know a lot of schools like it so today we added a new free Forms Widget to the Blippit App Maker.

Whatever your children’s¬†app topics, they¬†can now easily and quickly bring in their surveys, quizzes, polls and even assessments to make very interactive app projects.

Checkout this Blippit Knowledge Base article for a step-by-step  walk through on how to bring your apps to life by integrating Google Forms.

More about Google Forms

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

App Shy or App Proud? Blippit IO caters for both

We know some teachers don’t want all apps to be showcased for their own reasons.

This is a ‘top¬†tip’ blog post for all Blippit IO Admins who have the job of saying yes/no and providing feedback on submitted apps from students.

How to control whether apps are showcased in¬†Planet Blippit or¬†still go live but ‘not’ appear in Planet Blippit.
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How to view¬†a student¬†app if you’ve chosen not to list it on Planet Blippit

The Administrator clicks the ‘View App’ buttonView an app that is not listed on planet blippit

and a QR Code will be created for you to scan with *Blippit Torus and get the app.

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How the student gets their app if it’s not on Planet Blippit

student scans qr code

 

*Blippit Torus has not been published just yet but we hope to bring good news soon

Make your apps look more professional: New Theme Choices

Last week we released a new layer of ‘look and feel’ choices for Blippit IO App Maker users to apply to their project apps. ¬†This is a free upgrade to all our existing and trial schools.

We’ve added

  • a huge range of icons to choose from
  • colours to apply to individual button icons
  • broad themes that follow design rules according to your personal preference of phone platform between iOS and Android
    • not just about looking pretty but also about putting the navigation in the correct place for the phone device

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The iOS & Android Styles

These are brand new and include¬†a huge collection of icons that you¬†can now pick from to make the app look more professional. ¬†Once you have selected a style a extra ‘Advanced’ tab appears on every widget where you choose colours and icon.

  • There is now ‘icon only’ navigation on the footer area too which many people have been asking for.

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The Default Style

This is the standard theme that has always been popular because of it’s speed and simplicity. ¬†So, we’ve left this in as well as the iOS and Android Styles.

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App Publishing Refresher

RefresherWhen you just need a refresher on a topic that you’ve not visited¬†for ages, like app publishing, there’s a simple and quick way to feel like a super-capable ninja.

Entering the Knowedgebase

There’s always Google, but, for more specific info on Blippit IO there’s¬†a Knowledgebase accessible from within Blippit IO itself via the Help/Info icon.

 

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Above is a screenshot of the popular topic of app publishing from the Knowledgebase.  This entry is a series of screenshots that walk you through the process.

Other topics and tours feature¬†videos to watch like the Admin Tour. ¬†So, don’t feel stuck whatever you do. ¬†Click the Help/Info icon in Blippit IO when you’re logged in and you’ll never be far away from the¬†information you need.

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