Appy Summer!

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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…

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TimeTo Shine Presentation @theHub

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!

Musical Trains & Recording 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.

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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.

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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
  • Self-expression

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Coding the app

Brilliant to the see app coming together this afternoon.
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Not just having fun creating demos, to see how App Inventor works, but starting to turn the actual wireframe into the real app.
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Different groups worked with different screens, using the toddlers original artwork to create buttons and backgrounds for each scene.

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Review

A big assessment  on where the wireframe has got to and how it might best work for toddlers. Keeping the app fun, and trying to include the idea of taking risks but staying safe. Lots of new ideas but also good work on sorting  problems with the overall concept.  Continuing in balsamiq we added a “reward” concept to the end in the form of a smiley face…

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