Another day of coding, Another App

imageWith the U.K hour of code being explored this week, I’ve set my students the challenge of collaborating with their teachers to come up with some apps for lessons. Although many of them have made apps to help the lesson, our aim was to get at least 5 of them into the store. So far, we have 4! We’ve had Computer hardware, famous figures in history, Emily Davison mystery and today is our 4th!

screenshot_03062014_205905 Our 4th app we talk about today is for a German teacher. The student had been learning all about the different sports in his German lesson and collaborated to make a lesson start task which helps you drag and drop the items into the correct place. He has done an amazing job with it and has even let it reset the board after 5 seconds. His name is Desmond Weich and he is 12 years old from Uppingham Community College. He spent a lot of time creating the assets and double checking the words. He used simple programs like Paint to create the graphics and then made sure they were all the same size for consistency.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you German Sports.  You can download this and give the student some feedback here. You can also comment below to give some feedback.

All these apps have been made after the students have watched my tutorial videos on how to build the apps using TouchDevelop. It is a free tool and if you sign up to the windows store, you can publish your apps for them. Some people do not have a Windows 8 device which makes it difficult to publish. I don’t have a windows 8 machine in school.

cropped In order to publish your students app, you need to be allowed to export their application. At the bottom of the screen, when the students go to edit their app. They should see a setting which allows other to export. If they tick this they should be able to share the app with you so that you can export it for them! Our next stage in this process is to train the students to do this on their own windows 8 devices at home! I will be doing a follow up soon which shows you how to publish your app in easy steps.

KS2 Scheme of work – Introduces basic loops and algorithms to primary school students

Ks3 Scheme of work – Introduces a host of lesson on algorithms, sprites, booleans and more

Video tutorials

Don’t forget to continue getting your students building apps with the UK hour of code! I’ve already had 130 students take part and have another 100 taking part today. Are you game? Find out more by visiting with your students and get them working through the tutorials today! Alternatively, check out our Hour of code tutorials here!

About Raymond David James Chambers

I am the Lead teacher of computing at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby Northamptonshire. Previously I was the head of IT/Computing at Uppingham Community College. In 2015 I won the Gold National Teaching award for Innovative use of technology. I also won the 2015 Young Game Bafta - Mentor award. I'm keen to help students achieve their best and like to give them opportunities to do this. I have a passion for teaching and I enjoy meeting other people and sharing their ideas. I have a keen interest in games development as well as developing the use of ICT in classrooms across the curriculum. In my spare time I teach Irish dancing. I have been Irish dancing since I was 11. My highest position was 14th at the world championships 3 years running and 2nd at the Great Britain Championships in 2006.
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1 Response to Another day of coding, Another App

  1. debhoggoz says:

    Hi Mr Chambers,
    I would like to provide some feedback for Desmond regarding his German Sports app. I am a teacher in Sydney, Australia… mostly of Mathematics and Technology but I have a passing interest in languages – did French and German at school and now learning Japanese and Chinese (my head does hurt more when trying to learn Asian languages!). I am also the proud owner of a brand new Dell Venue 8 pro and have been playing with Win8 apps.
    Firstly, please pass on to Desmond by admiration for his efforts. His app works brilliantly – simple but visually engaging and user-friendly. It amazes me that I can be here… on the other side of the world (downunder in fact)… and enjoy the creative efforts of a student who is learning such wonderful things!
    Congratulations to all – both the teaching and learning side of things… although I suspect in your classroom those roles are all beautifully mixed up!
    Have you seen the Project Siena materials? Fun to be had!
    May the learning continue with joy!
    Kind regards, Mrs Hogg (@debhoggoz)

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