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Written by Lesley   
Friday, 22 March 2013 17:01

Are you looking for some inspirational ideas to help you develop ICT in your setting? A colleague of ours has just started a blog about her ICT journey from "humble beginnings..." so we recommend you pop across and have a look at what she has been up to. ShoutICT for School

 

 
Read our curriculum app making ideas!
Written by Lesley   
Friday, 22 March 2013 16:32

Are you interested in making apps but not really sure where to link them to the primary curriculum?

We have published a list of suggestions that you can view here on the Blippit website. @justblippit

Enjoy and let us know what you think by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via our contact form.

 

 
App Making Club Week 6
Written by Lesley   
Friday, 22 March 2013 15:54

This was the final week of our Y6 app making club, before Easter, and what fun it was! The children worked so hard to complete their apps and they are really pleased to be able to share some of them with you here. They even more excited to be taking them home to view on their tablets, though, as you can imagine. One pupil said she was going to share her story with her friends and write a series of chapters, so watch this space!

As you can see we have a published a range of apps. Remember, they are designed to be viewed on a mobile device, however, they will still work on a computer but won't display as intended. View each app on your mobile device by clicking on the link or scanning the QR code and opening the app from there. Then add it to the homescreen of your device for future use. See this video for directions.

Bin Weevils app - http://stcatharines.blippit.co.uk/?sid=2194

 

Candy's Life - a story app - http://stcatharines.blippit.co.uk/?sid=3467

 

The Best Looking Carshttp://stcatharines.blippit.co.uk/?sid=2340

 

Life of Lexii - a story app - http://stcatharines.blippit.co.uk/?sid=3217


 



 
App Making Club Week 5
Written by Lesley   
Friday, 08 March 2013 20:06

Wow! What can we say? The children's apps are definitely coming on now. One pupil has made an app about looking after horses with pages, links, images and advice. That's a real first. We also have a story with Manga characters and an app based around one pupil's favourite cars and Top Gear! We have to admit that we had to research what Manga actually was... Anyway, the point is that the children just seem to love making apps based around their interests and their skills are really developing. What is great is seeing the cross application of other ICT skills, such as image editing, using hyperlinks and inserting media into the app builder. It really does come naturally to the children.

If you remember, at the beginning of the project, one of our main initial stumbling blocks was image resizing, but using Pixlr the children have since had no problems whatsoever. It is surprising, looking back over the last few years, at how children's general ICT skills and understanding has developed so much so that they tend to only need things demonstrating once, if that. We keep asking our group what they need help with and mostly get told that they can manage themselves! Isn't that fantastic?

There are just 2 more weeks of our app making club left, so we hope to have some apps to share very soon!

In the meantime, if you would like to have a go at making your own apps you can do so with Blippit - there's a 14 day free trial which should give you plenty of time to get a feel of it yourself.

 
App Making Club Week 4
Written by Lesley   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:04

We had mixed feelings about this week's app making club. We missed a week due to other commitments, so were unsure how the children might have got on making their apps without our support.

We were so wrong to be worried! Already our children's apps have come on in leaps and bounds. Once they get their hands on Blippit there really is no stopping them. They find the app builder so intuitive to use and have no trouble uploading images to it or organising their pages...it really is child's play.

One of our pupils has almost finished her first attempt at a joke book app, which took her just half an hour to get to the draft stage! Another pupil is working through a Manga style story, so we are so looking forward to sharing that with you and are sure she will be thrilled if others read it too.

Watch this space...more updates and maybe a sneak preview at an app in the next week or so!

 

 
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