For an authentic world wide audience, as the teacher you can publish your class' App Maker projects to Planet Blippit with just one click when you're happy that they're done. Apps work on iPhone, Android, Windows & Blackberry devices.
Creativity & Collaboration
YES. Lots of schools use the App Maker in computing.
BUT. When teachers get children making apps to demonstrate learning in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, STEM projects that's when things really come to life. Who would have thought non-chronological writing with reluctant writers could result in anything but long faces? Add in the App Maker to see attitudes change and outcomes improve.
Share your own pre-built template app projects with targeted groups and individuals to scaffold the learning as you need. Or, let children design, create and publish from scratch dragging, dropping & nesting Widgets to add their content. They'll surprise you when the vehicle for their learning is an app maker.
Computing is a strength of course. HTML5 markup is what makes up most of every web page you see and in Blippit you can bring that in too if you like.
Visit & download apps from Planet Blippit to see examples of what other students are making. Upload them into your Blippit App Maker account to see how they're made. You can re-mix them however you want or hand them out to the children! Read more on the blog.
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Monitoring & Communication to Support Learning
Teachers easily monitor progress in learning, deliver feedback to students directly via chat messaging. All app projects can be seen by the teacher at all stages of development and can be downloaded at any point.
Publishing for an Authentic Experience
Teachers control whether an app gets published or not supported by Blippit's pupil chat feedback feature. For peace of mind any published app can be suspended immediately for whatever any reason at any time by the teacher.
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.
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, 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.
FREE to Blippit school users! Blippit 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 sees who is online at any given moment and invites other ’live’ users at their school into a mentoring or tutorial conference session on demand or scheduled in the future. 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.
About the App Maker
A simple drag & drop tool, Blippit IO App Maker for primary and secondary schools is used across the curriculum as well as in the Digital Technologies. 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.
Our apps are often assessable projects in school that demonstrate knowledge on a topic by sharing evidence of achievement in image, audio, video and other creative ways.
Comprehensive 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 that is for use in both primary and secondary schools. Under the hood you'll find Python running the world famous Turtle module that was part of the original Logo programming language developed by Wally Feurzig and Seymour Papert in 1966.
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 curriculum in Australia is demanding but with Blippit Blocks it's straightforward to give your class the room they need 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.
About PureCode Python
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.
Turtle graphics is a popular way for introducing programming to children. 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.
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.
Blippit started out in the UK two years ago ahead of the new UK Curriculum for Computing. It was created to close the gap for the many children an teachers in the UK who were being excluded from creating exciting app projects and embracing what mobile could offer in the classroom and critically from anywhere a person happened to be. The UK founder of Blippit, John Bidder, is a former teacher, ICT Advisory Teacher, School's Adviser for ICT, Computing leader for teachers in training at the University of Manchester, School Governor, speaker and parent.
John's view has always been that if you can give everyone the opportunity to engage with app making and so on then from this great pool of talent will percolate up the children who have a real propensity for programming, taking ICT apart and putting it back together again. Sometimes there are bits left over but that's not always a bad thing. When inquisitive and problem solving minds get the chance to apply themselves and become like a dogs at a bone, sometimes with an expert in learning to hand scaffolding the way, the results are authentic and quite powerful for everyone concerned.
We start off with app making in any curriculum context. It's incredibly easy to introduce the concepts of app making using just drag and drop because at every stage the student gets to preview and modify their app as it grows.