2DIY Help Sheets

Thank you to Sean Harding and Gideon Williams who shared with me their 2DIY help sheets, created for a course they were running on Games Based Learning.

I have used Scribd to upload them here so that you can quickly see their high quality work. If you would like to download these, you can also use the links below.
Right Click on each and choose ‘Save Target As’

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More Publish Projects – So where now?

This week we are adding even more Publish Projects and also asking you for  your views on features we could add.

The three new apptivities being added today are as follows (note hyperlinks to each apptivity will be added later)

Roman Invasion News

This would be ideal for work in  Year 3 and 4, where your pupils are looking at the popular topic of Invading and Settling. Pupils can use the photographs of coastal scenes and layer images of soldiers and boats on top of these scenes to create the headline picture. To write the front page article there is the usual mix of prompt questions and a well stocked word bank.

purple mash 2Simple romans

If your class use this Publish Project then do please let me know – I’d love to see some examples.

Making a Flan

Another great sequencing activity, where children have to select photographs and describe each of the stages involved in creating a tasty summer treat.

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Sports Day

We are certainly in Sports Day season at the moment and schools have been asking us to make an apptivity on this theme. We have listened and here it is, a news report style template complete with athletic clip art and scenes of cheering spectators.

Don’t forget that if you have a license for Purple Mash you can customise these further and unlock enhanced functionality. Licence holders are now able to edit and resize text, so more can be fitted into the columns. They can also change the locked text boxes to something more fitting, so Sports news could become Hendon Primary News. Having a licence also allows you to save and open your work, so that you can continue working on it at a later time.

Here is a short video that explains some of the differences between paid and free uses of Purple Mash

Now you have watched this video and used Publish Projects, please tell us what other features could we add to further enhance the experience for paid users of Purple Mash. What would make these even more versatile?

How else could these tools support you as a teacher to support your learners in the writing process?

Please add your comments in the comment box below.

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Purple Mash – What do the Pupils say?

Thank you to Emma Barker, a Year 5 teacher  from a school in Huddersfield who asked her pupils to evaluate Purple Mash.

One of her pupils posted their views on the school VLE and Emma kindly posted this on Twitpic. I have taken the liberty of  sharing the comments below:

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England Victory and ICT

England have just won!

Now we go back to work.
If you are looking for some meaningful  literacy and ICT apptivities to do with your children to celebrate this victory, then look no further than Purple Mash.

Live now on Purple Mash are three new England themed apptivities.:

"Purple Mash" "World Cup"

Match Report England and England/ Slovenia News are two templates that will provide structured writing frames for your class to write-up the game. They also have England and Slovenia themed clip art and even Capello can be dragged and dropped onto the canvas.

"England Match News" "Purple Mash"

We have also customised our Player Profile Template to include England themed clip-art."Purple Mash" "England Player Profile"

If you use any of these apptivities with your class do please let us know, we’d love to see what you are doing.

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Learning with Robots

I was really blown away by the video sent to me by Matt Lovegrove from Sonning Common Primary.

Matt’s children have been working with 2Control and LEGO NXT Robots on control technology.

He told me that at the end of the day, one of the children remarked that this had been the best day of his life!

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Lesson Plans and ICT Inspiration are here – Purple Press Issue 1

The first edition of the Purple Press has arrived! Inside you will find lesson plans, ideas  and inspiration on using 2Simple Software in your school. Click on the image to download and read your free staffroom magazine. If you have any comments or want us to showcase your school in the next issue, please fill in the box below this post.

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Amazing Purple Mash Launch Offer!

Would you like your own Purple Mash log-in and open access until August 2010?

Your wish has been granted!

This week see’s the official launch of Purple Mash, the exciting creative online space from 2Simple! From now until August 2010 we are providing every primary school with their own Purple Mash log in, at no cost, for you to see how Purple Mash can revolutionise teaching in your school!  If you are a Primary School Teacher and would like to take advantage of this opportunity, simply add your name, email address and school name into the box below.

We will then send you your log-in details so that you can enjoy open access to Purple Mash with your class, until 1st August 2010!

For details about Purple Mash licences, see below. As an added bonus, purchase a licence for the Purple Mash Value Pack before August 2010 and receive 1 free site licence CD of your choice, for each year that you purchase! This includes the award-winning 2Do It Yourself and 2Create a Superstory.

For more information or to order a licence, call 2Simple on 020 8203 1781 or email mash@2simple.com.

Happy Mashing!

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