Student made spelling app raises first £20 for NSPCC

One month ago, abc.tapandplay.uk went live as a spelling app for children designed and made by iMedia students at Fulford School.

This month (January 2017), app sales and adverts shown on the free version of the app have raised £20 for NSPCC – a charity researched and voted for by the same iMedia students as part of their project on copyright, graphic design and advertising.

This might not sound like loads of money, but the amount raised from each page view or advert click is tiny so it’s really exciting to see students work generating money for a cause that they believe is worth supporting.

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded our app or tried it out online. For more information about the app click here.

abc.tapandplay.uk raising money for NSPCC
abc.tapandplay.uk raising money for NSPCC

How does it work?

The app is designed for parents to give to their small children to entertain them for a few minutes with a fun educational game. They can buy an ad-free version of the app here or try the app for free here or online. The free version of the app contains adverts.

Each month, Google transfers the money that the adverts have raised (through views and clicks) and 100% of this money get donated to the charity that the students have chosen.

Here’s a graph to show how much money has been raised so far:

You can see which charities the students have chosen to support with the money raised from abc.tapandplay.uk for each school term:

Charities chosen by students
Charities chosen by students to receive ad revenue from spelling app

 

Please note that neither this website or abc.tapandplay.uk are endorsed or supported by any of the charities shown here.

Raise money for charity with free spelling app made by York students

Raise money for charity with free spelling app made by York students

You can now download the free version of ABC Tap And Play: a fun spelling app for android phones and tablets that raises money for charity.

ABC Tap And Play: fun spelling app for kids
ABC Tap And Play: fun spelling app for kids

Y9 iMedia students at Fulford School in York were given the challenge of learning how to design, create and optimise high quality images for the internet. To make the project more fun, we decided to create an app that would feature all of the images that students made.

The brief for the students was to design and create copyright free, high quality cartoon style graphics to include in an app that would keep toddlers and young children busy for a few minutes on their parents’ smartphone or tablet. The plan was to launch a web-app that would work on any device, a free app that you could download and a paid app. The free website and app would contain adverts, the revenue from which would be added to the paid app sales and given to a charity that the students voted for.

Each student chose a charity that supported a cause that they cared about most and had to persuade the rest of the class why the money should be given to that organisation. This term, 100% of all advertising revenue from the website and app sales are going to support the amazing work that NSPCC do to support children across the UK.

Download ABC Tap And Play from the Play Store

I’m dead proud of my students for their creativity and hard work designing and creating their images. We’ve raised around £20 in the month since the web version went live. That’s not loads, but with your help, we’d love to raise loads more.

For more information about the project click here.

Create.withcode.uk update: new features

Create with code
Write, run, debug and share python code with create.withcode.uk

Create.withcode.uk is designed to allow teachers and students to write, run, debug and share python code without having to download any software or create any user accounts.

In the 8 months or so since it was launched, Create.withcode.uk has been used over 25,000 times by people learning to code, so thank you to everyone who’s been part of that adventure.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on some significant upgrades and bugfixes:

Here’s what’s changed:

  • The code editor now works on Android devices without glitching everytime you swipe a word or press backspace.
  • Responsive design: the buttons and status bar scale up or down to match the size of the screen / browser window so it’s easier to use on mobile devices.
  • I’ve added a Download Current File button so that you can save a copy of any code you’re working on without sharing online.
  • Crash prevention mode: Running code with an infinite loop no longer crashes the browser due to code which limits the number of lines that python will run every second in order to prevent the browser from crashing.
  • Micro:bit simulator: new features (such as speech & radio) added to the micro:bit simulator to catch up with the latest micropython runtime.
  • Lots of bug fixes and minor improvements.

Sorry if any of the above changes have affected anyone whilst I’ve been trying to get them working.

If you have a suggestion for how you’d like to see create.withcode.uk improved I’d love to hear from you: please leave a comment.

Alternatively, there’s an open source version of the create.withcode.uk available here that you can contribute to, download, tweak, change and improve.

Click here to try out create.withcode.uk. It’s free, designed by students, for students in UK schools.