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2Simple and Teachmeet

2Simple Teachmeet Purple Mash

Having taken part  in (and organised as skinnyboyevans)  some excellent Teachmeet events around the UK, 2Simple is a bona fide supporter of these inspiring events.

Whether it be constructively contributing to micropresentations, sharing first-hand classroom experiences or simply being one of the “enthusiastic lurkers”… you name it, we embrace it.

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Simon Haughton talks about Purple Mash at Teachmeet Black Pool

 We are aware that some of you, who organises Teachmeets, may need a little helping hand from time to time. Here are some ways 2Simple can support your event:

 2Simple Goodies

We are happy to provide your event with 2Simple goodie bags – what’s inside them? It’s a surprise!

Simply let us know the estimated number of attendees and we’ll make sure that you’ll have enough for the night.

 Purple Prize

If you are running a competition on the day, do let us know – if we have a relevant prize, we’d be happy to provide this for you.

 Free Trials

You’d also be pleased to know that we offer free trials to schools.

Your attendees may request a 30 day trial to any 2Simple program highlighted on any of the presentations by filling in a request form that we’ll provide you.

 Any other ideas on ways we can support your event is welcomed – email mikee@2simple.com or call 0208 203 1781.

 Here is Max and I at Teachmeet Game

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Learning French through ICT

Thanks to Engagyne Primary School in Havering for making this video on how their pupils have been using 2Simple French. They feel the games, creative screens, whiteboard activities and robot reading has really helped them learn a new langauge while having a lot of fun too.

I think we’ll be looking to Engayne to help us run our French operation and media team in the future.

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Games Design in Year Four

I was thrilled to see this video on the VITAL You Tube channel. The video shows Matt Lovegrove from Sonning Common Primary, working with 2DIY to enable his children to become games designers.

Matt’s year four children make learning games for children in year two, giving the children real context for games design. As you watch the video you will see how the children begin to compile a list of criteria for their games and focus on their audience.

Note – if You Tube is blocked in your school – you may want to watch this at home

Regular readers of this blog will know that the idea of designing games for younger learners is a tried and tested project and is very rewarding for both designers and players. See for instance our work with Tim Rylands and two school who collaborated over skype to design and evaluate games.

Why not have a go with your school? 

If you don’t have 2DIY in your school why not contact Anthony or Gemma and ask for a 30 Day approval copy.

Thank you to Vital for producing this video and to Matt and his children  for his 2DIY enthusiasm and for showcasing the project. You can read more about Matt’s work on his blog.

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An Engaging Online Space for Primary Pupils

Thank you to Gary Spracklen, ICT Coordinator at The Prince of Wales first school in Dorchester, for compiling this video on how his school is using Purple Mash.

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Logging in shouldn't be difficult

We have been thinking a lot about how children, particularly younger children access Purple Mash. We have also been listening to your feedback on this issue and as a result we will soon bring you 2Login.

I saw this fully for the first time today when Max, our Creative director gave us all a quick demo. I have included his video alongside his explanation notes of 2Login below.

You could share one username & password across the whole school to login into Purple Mash. This is a great way to start using PM. However, as your pupils get more used to working online using Mash you may want them to have their own online space to save their work.

If you already use a Learning Platform  we can probably integrate with that. But, if you don’t this means having to give children their own individual  username & passwords. This is fine for older pupils, but we understand it can be tricky to get a class of Reception children to login to any site.

We have therefore developed 2Login. It is a simple & secure system to use within the school building.

Pupils simply click on their picture & then type the first letter of their password. 2Login checks it is correct, opens the web browser at the correct page & logs into PM for them.

Pupils can paint their own pics, or use the built-in webcam. All the pics are stored locally on the PC.

2Login will be available from September, & will provide a really simple way to help your younger pupils login to PM

Please add a comment and tell us what you think – we’d love to get your views.

I  hope to be trying this with a school on the next couple of days and I’ll let you know how I get on.

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Logging in shouldn’t be difficult

We have been thinking a lot about how children, particularly younger children access Purple Mash. We have also been listening to your feedback on this issue and as a result we will soon bring you 2Login.

I saw this fully for the first time today when Max, our Creative director gave us all a quick demo. I have included his video alongside his explanation notes of 2Login below.

You could share one username & password across the whole school to login into Purple Mash. This is a great way to start using PM. However, as your pupils get more used to working online using Mash you may want them to have their own online space to save their work.

If you already use a Learning Platform  we can probably integrate with that. But, if you don’t this means having to give children their own individual  username & passwords. This is fine for older pupils, but we understand it can be tricky to get a class of Reception children to login to any site.

We have therefore developed 2Login. It is a simple & secure system to use within the school building.

Pupils simply click on their picture & then type the first letter of their password. 2Login checks it is correct, opens the web browser at the correct page & logs into PM for them.

Pupils can paint their own pics, or use the built-in webcam. All the pics are stored locally on the PC.

2Login will be available from September, & will provide a really simple way to help your younger pupils login to PM

Please add a comment and tell us what you think – we’d love to get your views.

I  hope to be trying this with a school on the next couple of days and I’ll let you know how I get on.

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