Such a simple but powerful tool, the new Blippit IO App Maker for Key Stage 2-3 is for use in the computing curriculum & beyond.
Schools use the app maker to create project information apps to publish on to Planet Blippit our very own app sharing platform.
The Coding Journey starts very simply by introducing mark-up language (HTML5) in the app maker's Writer Widget - a kind of building block.
Our apps are often assessable projects in school that demonstrate knowledge on a topic by sharing evidence of achievement in image, audio, video and more ways.
Extensive teacher admin tools support monitoring of pupil progress, assessment through feedback and full control over app publishing.
Built on Google's Blockly, Blippit Blocks is a block-based visual programming tool for Key Stage 2-3 Computing with Python under the hood.
Blocks is a open-ended tool for problem solvers, bug finders and loop loving learners. It comes with computational & inquisitive thinking opportunities as standard!
Blippit Blocks' has many added advantages for teachers who can create project starters for the class and get children project sharing to promote peer review. The computing curriculum in the UK is demanding but with Blippit Blocks it's straightforward to give your class the room it needs to get creative and motivated! You'll soon be the guide on the side not the sage on the stage.
Students seamlessly export their Blocks Code with a click of a button into PureCode Python* where the code is developed and run at a text-level.
*sold separately in the primary version.
Turtle graphics is a popular way for introducing programming to children. It was part of the original Logo programming language developed by Wally Feurzig and Seymour Papert in 1966. Imagine a robotic turtle starting at (0, 0) in the x-y plane. Give it the command turtle.forward(20) and it moves on screen 20 pixels in the direction it is facing, drawing a line as it moves. Give it the command turtle.right(45), and it rotates 45 degrees clockwise. By combining together these and similar commands, intricate mathematical shapes and pictures can easily be drawn.
PureCode Python is a next step along the coding journey coding from Blippit Blocks. It enables your lessons to focus on text based programming using Python. Start with a blank Turtle project or create projects yourself for your students to use.
Move a project from Blippit Blocks and use it as a basis for detailed development in PureCode Python. Accessible from anywhere with onscreen project creation, playback, peer publishing and teacher project templates supporting ICT and computer science.
'Spotlight' is a safe alternative to Skype and Google Hangouts with the advantage of being filter-friendly & teacher controlled.
Connect your class on your terms to 'beyond-school' expertise wherever it may be. You can text chat, share files such as presentations or other work and of course actually see each other for that essential human connection.
Collaborative learning is so immediate and so easy. All you need is an exciting context where it really adds that extra bit of something to your lesson.
Calls can have up to 4 callers in 4 different locations but call quality will depend very much on your network and bandwidth like any other video conference call.
“We have been using Blippit for about 4 or 5 years now with our KS3 Computer Systems classes. It is a great package for our students to use when creating apps. A project that we always receive positive feedback on. It is simple enough for students to create a basic app using the widgets with the drag and drop facility but also provides the more advanced students with some challenge as they can incorporate HTML coding within it. We will definitely continue to use Blippit within our KS3 curriculum as it is constantly developing and represents great value for money.”
Louise Dakers, Teacher of Computing, The Fernwood High School, Nottingham.
“The Blippit team have supported Mereside in the development, deployment and implementation of App creation into the computing curriculum. They are always willing to offer assistance with any issues and provide hands on practical training to support teachers in delivering high quality lessons meeting the curriculum needs. I can highly recommend Blippit to anybody.”
Tom Sale, Year 6 Teacher, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Mereside Primary School, Blackpool.
"We initially had technical issues beyond Blippit’s control due to our LEA filtering but the level of technical support/general advice was simply amazing! The time and effort they put in working with us and the LEA to successfully get the software working is something I have not come across before in a company! Thanks again!"
Dan Rushton, Teacher, Thomas Becket Junior School, Worthing, West Sussex.
“Blippit IO is a unique learning tool. It sits well on iPads, Chromebooks and traditional computers. It asks big questions of learners about content creation, design and audience. Above all it is accessible for teachers and engaging for learners. What more could you ask for from technology?”
Julian Coultas, Apple Distinguished Educator & Teacher, Derbyshire.
School Publishing space on Planet Blippit PLUS Teacher CPD Courses on Blippit Academy
The Blippit IO App Maker is designed for schools giving you all the bells and whistles you need to be creative, monitor progress in learning, deliver feedback to students directly via the App Maker Comms panel and be in control of what gets published and when.
Blippit Blocks is the latest addition to Blippit IO. Designed to bridge the gap between graphical Block programming and text-based coding in Python. Blippit Blocks uses the familiar 'Turtle' to help children to write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts use sequence and repetition in programs.
Mathematical challenges can be created by teachers and given out to the whole class for debugging, extension and development. All Blippit Blocks Projects can be exported to PureCode Python for more advanced text-based coding development if needed using the popular Python language.
If you can remember Logo and that programmable little Turtle that used to zip about the screen following your written instructions then you’ll have a really good starting point with PureCode Python. A Natural progression into text based coding following on from using Scratch, use the ready-to-go templates all with full commentary and tasks to explore. Or create your own project templates in PureCode Python for your own student groups who can open and work on them from anywhere anytime. Students can share and learn from each other's projects as well as download their code locally to use however they like.
FREE to Blippit IO school users! Blippit IO Spotlight is safe because it’s teacher-managed and designed to help school reach out and connect as it might if Skype wasn’t blocked or open to safeguarding concerns. The teacher can set up an instant or scheduled face-to-face video call for up to four connections. Of course you’ll need to chat to share web links easily and quickly as well as super fast file sharing too. The teacher can see who is online at any given moment and invite other ’live’ users at their school into a mentoring or tutorial session on demand. The teacher can also invite in external experts or guests who don't have an account in Blippit IO for that ‘real world’ input or audience factor anywhere in the world.
FREE to Blippit school users! Blippit Torus is available on iOS and Android App stores right now and with it you'll find a built in QR Code Scanner as well as personalised access to Planet Blippit apps created by your school.
Without doubt the easiest and fastest way to keep a check on all your school's published apps whether you're a student or teacher user.