Excited about this upcoming Creative Scotland event on 20th October, celebrating not only our Teens & Weans App, but all the Time to Shine projects!
Jonathan and Simone were at today’s session with mobile devices with the Teens & Weans House App on it – for everybody at Craigsfarm to see, play & test some more! Comments were constructive and positive, with teenage folk pleased with their design, coding and music. It has been quite a journey over this year and alot has been learnt and skills developed for sure… The hard work has paid off !! Although there are some aspects of the digital interaction that some would do a little differently in hindsight, everybody is happy that the early years children enjoy playing the app.
Here is the link to download the app on ios and android platforms….
Just click on the App Store or Google Play icons!! Cool!!
Early summer everybody took a break to think on all that had been achieved and further testing was carried out in-formally. Hippotrix team members in July & now August have taken time to refine the app with final back-end coding development – solving the odd crash etc. Music track adjustment in relation to app timings has been carried out with Dave at Hippotrix.
We all look forward to getting together again early September for session discussion, evaluation of our creative process and sharing of app thoughts with peers to ensure all happy with this product designed by the teenagers over the last 8 months for the toddlers. We are all confident that the toddlers are very happy with the new digital toy!
Autumn will be a time to explore marketing ie a leaflet (?) and social media promotion…
A great day at the Hub in Edinburgh sharing progress on all the TTS Creative Scotland funded projects. Jonathan, from Hippotrix and Cal, the teenage representative spoke about the app and how the WLYAP teenage group had learnt about code, music, design and the process of developing their own software application. Visuals were shared by Jonathan documenting the process a little more and he explained how Hippotrix and Music Specialist David Trouton, an early years specialist had led music and app workshops to engage the nursery children and encourage their opinion and thoughts on the app experience. A valuable day!
Coding (still lots to do!) in session by teenagers and Daniel & Jonathan are now doing some developing inbetween sessions to achieve the groups aims and to take on board feedback from toddlers so adjustments made.
Sound creation continues in the other corner with Dave and young folk – reviewing, editing and adjusting sounds for the app.
Contributions to title suggestions for the app were made by early years children during the testing day at Toronto Nursery and these were carried forward into discussion with teenagers…watch this space!
Testing Time! An exciting day – taking mobile devices into Toronto Nursery to share the app (digital toy) and let the children play and explore the interactive screens! The teenage representative Cal from WYAP met with the nursery children for the first time which was a milestone moment, circulating amongst the young testers and successfully sharing/testing the app on the mobile. Toronto Nursery staff assisted in the ideal set-up for the children and our team rolled out a carefully planned session which ran between 10.30 am and 12.30pm.
The session led with a musical warm-up by Dave Trouton to familiarise the children and then a walk through chat about images (projected on wall) from the app ahead of sharing the app on mobile devices with toddlers for them to play the digital toy…
The team, Jonathan, Daniel and Simone from Hippotrix, musician Dave, and Fiona Low from WLC (plus an external evaluator), along with nursery staff, monitored responses by watching small groups of two early years children to one adult. Many toddlers laughed with glee and returned to favourite screens and interactions during the digital play. Much conversation was had between children and adults present and the space was buzzing with excitement! Quotes were recorded and video was gathered as well as photographic images and feedback points noted for immediate ammendment during next teenage coding sessions.
Dave has been encouraging the group members in the sound/music department by involving them in the creative and technical tasks of editing and manipulating sounds recorded by the nursery children. This is a “hands on “ process where participants use professional sound recording software to make the sound “loops” that will feature in the finished app. They are beginning to learn the editing skills for this as well as creating layered music loops and drum patterns, selecting appropriate synth sounds and sequencing them to create the soundtracks that will eventually work with the animated visual elements of the app. Great concentrated fun!
Here are some great pictures of the super early years children in the recording studio later in our development process, after several workshops, recording key words and sounds essential to the experience the app designed for this age group upwards.
Teenage representative Cal is recording with Dave which ensures integration of groups working on the app.
In the nursery we have had several high-energy sessions, using the theme of “train journeys” to explore the various sound worlds suggested by the teenage group.
Travelling in an imaginary train, we stop off to explore different places and situations in our imagination, generating ideas and sound bites that we will be able to use in the app.
These enhanced learning experiences, as well as being enjoyable and fun for the participants, also encourage:
- Active listening and concentration
- Sharing and turn taking
- Carrying out instructions
- Leading and following
- Co-operation and collaboration
Today the young folk were sole coders, with Jonathan and Daniel, on multiple laptops pushing ahead with placing images from the toddlers (some were pre-prepared in Photoshop by Jonathan while some chose to begin learning Photoshop and prepping the toddler artwork themselves). No music recording work today, although sounds are still being inserted into the app from the library of great music and sound already recorded in the sessions. Close attention was given to timing of boots of walking up and down stairs and how buttons help navigate around the app.
Brilliant to the see app coming together this afternoon.
Not just having fun creating demos, to see how App Inventor works, but starting to turn the actual wireframe into the real app.
Different groups worked with different screens, using the toddlers original artwork to create buttons and backgrounds for each scene.