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.

ABC Tap and Play: Student-made spelling app raises money for charity

ABC Tap and Play: Student-made spelling app raises money for charity

App designed and made by students at Fulford School, York
App designed and made by students at Fulford School, York

My fabulous Year 9 iMedia students at Fulford School in York have designed and made the graphics for a fun app to help young children learn to spell.

Students suggested and voted for the name ABC Tap And Play before creating the logo and graphics as part of a project about copyright and its implications on creating and publishing web graphics.

You can try the game for free at abc.tapandplay.uk or download it from the Google Play store.

Students have voted for charities that support causes they care deeply about and any money raised from either app sales or ad revenue will be given to those charities.

The game is designed for parents of small children who want to keep them busy for a few minutes doing something fun, safe and educational using a smartphone or tablet (essentially, that’s me wanting to keep Daniel entertained for a few minutes whilst I change Joel’s nappy!)

Student-made spelling app raises money for charity
Student-made spelling app raises money for charity

The online version is free to play but contains adverts so may not be suitable for small children. You can download an ad-free version if you have an android phone for £0.59. All money goes to charity (after Google take their slice of either app sales or ad revenue).

 

From Christmas to Easter 2017, students have chosen to support NSPCC because of the fab work that they do preventing cruelty to children.

The next step for my students is to make a social media campaign to promote their app to encourage more people to try out the app in order to raise as much money as possible for charity. Watch this space to find out how much money the app raises.

 

Download ABC Tap And Play from the Play Store

Download ABC Tap And Play from the Play Store

 

Top Tips:

Page 2 of this article tells you how you can get Google to pay for this app for you and raise money for charity for free!

Page 3 of this article tells you how to lock your android smartphone or tablet to one app so that your toddler / brother / sister can play on ABC Tap And Play on your device without accidentally deleting your photos or ordering a pizza (or worse).