Lots of schools use the App Maker in computing but it's when children make apps to demonstrate learning in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography & STEM projects that things really come to life.
Who would have thought non-chronological report writing with reluctant writers could result in anything but long faces? Add in the App Maker and see the effect of becoming a global app publisher upon attitudes, concentration levels and outcomes.
Share your own pre-built template app projects with targeted groups and individuals to scaffold the learning as you need. Or, have children design, create and publish from scratch by dragging, dropping & nesting Widgets to add their content.
Computing is a big strength and links are clear at from years 6 to 9.
Want ideas? Download apps from Planet Blippit to see what other students are making then upload them into your Blippit App Maker account to see how they're made. You can re-mix or reassign them to groups or individuals in your class.
School Publishing space on Planet Blippit PLUS Teacher CPD Courses on Blippit Academy & free plans from the Blippit Blog.
Monitoring & Communication to Support Learning
You can easily monitor progress in learning and deliver feedback to students directly via chat messaging. All app projects are visible to the teacher at all stages of development and can be downloaded at any point for progress snapshots.
Publishing for an Authentic Experience
Teachers ultimately control whether an app gets published or declined with feedback for improvement. For peace of mind any published app can be suspended immediately for whatever any reason at any time by the teacher.
Benefits to Writing
Schools use our App Maker in computing, particularly at years 6 & 7, but it's when teachers use app making to showcase learning in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography & STEM projects that things really come to life.
We discovered that non-chronological report writing with reluctant writers was transformed by the notion of becoming a global app publisher!
Improvement in attitudes, concentration levels and outcomes are seen consistently when writing is done 'as a Blippit app'.
Blippit Academy Templates
Blippit Academy is where we are beginning to curate a collection of ready-to use app templates. Share your own app to scaffold their learning. Or, have the children design, create and publish from scratch by dragging, dropping & nesting Widgets to add their content.
Get ideas from other schools
Download apps from Planet Blippit to see what other students have made then upload these apps into your own App Maker account to see how they've been made. You can even re-mix or assign them to groups in your class.
Here are some Blippit & school-made plans for KS2 & 3. We'll be adding more soon.
Publishing space for your school is on Planet Blippit or you can just keep them to yourself.
Monitoring & Communication to Support Learning
Monitor progress and deliver feedback to students directly via chat messaging. All app projects are visible to you as the teacher at any stage. Want to grab the app at a particular point for assessment? No problem!
Safe & Authentic Experience
Teachers control if an app gets published or not and for added peace of mind any published app can be suspended immediately for whatever any reason at any time by the teacher. Once published, the app author can get working on the new improved version straight away and republish to replace the existing version.
Adding apps to phones
• iOS Devices
• Android Devices
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.
Create Maths challenges or use our projects and shared them out to the whole class as templates for debugging, extension and development.
In partnership with Griffith University (Australia) and backed by their incredible reputation in computing, Blocks also comes with ready to use project template challenges.
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, after Blocks, use the ready-to-go templates and tasks to solve challenges. 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.
In partnership with Griffith University (Australia) and backed by their incredible reputation in computing, PureCode also comes with ready to use project template challenges.
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 sets up an instant or scheduled face-to-face video call for up to four connections. You can chat message to share web links easily and quickly as well as 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 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.
About the App Maker
A simple drag & drop tool, Blippit IO App Maker for Key Stage 2-3 is used across the curriculum. Teachers share app project templates to students or they can start with a blank canvas
Use the App Maker to create interactive information apps and publish them to Planet Blippit yourself with just one click. Scan & use or download another users app to re-mix it for yourself.
Blippit's Coding Journey starts very simply by introducing mark-up language (HTML5) in the app maker's Writer Widget.
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.
About Blippit Blocks
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 doing all the hard work.
Blocks is a open-ended tool for problem solvers, bug finders and loop loving learners. It comes with computational & inquisitive thinking opportunities as standard!
You'll soon be the guide on the side not the sage on the stage! Blippit Blocks' has many added advantages for teachers who want to create project starters for the class and get children project sharing to promote peer review. The computing curriculum is demanding but with Blippit Blocks it's straightforward to give your class the room they need to get creative and motivated!
Students simply export their Blocks project code with one click into PureCode Python* where the code is developed and run at a text-level.
*sold separately in the primary version.
About PureCode Python
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.