Nov 21, 2011

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Purple Mash – Great Resource from 2Simple

The Purpleberry Trainers had a great morning the recently being shown how to use Purple Mash by the lovely Katie from 2Simple Software.

If you haven’t seen it – Purple Mash is a great suite of online tools for students to use, containing hundreds of different things for them to create and share. Quite a few of these are available for free for you to try out – take a look at the Purple Mash website to try some. Others will be available on subscription.

There’s too many resources to list here – go take a look at them all on the Purple Mash site!

There are plenty of different drawing templates to allow pupils to create their own stories, characters, minibeasts, gingerbread men and much more. The texture pens are really fun and you can get some nice effects.I quite liked the Purple Mash Cam which lets you put your face into a series of different pictures and then add your own text. Plenty of potential for creative writing.

All resources can be saved to a pupil’s own online area and shared – or saved offline as jpg files for use in other programs. Each school manages their own pupil logins, and teachers can access the work of their pupils in their online areas.

There are some really cool 3D modelling tools as well – which let you design objects such as cars and houses and then print out the net on paper so you can cut out and make the model for real. An excellent tool for Design and Technology lessons.

Another tool we really liked was the 3D Game creator which lets pupils create their own 3D maze game which can be embedded into the school website or VLE. They have control over the look and behaviour of the monsters, rewards and look/feel of the maze. They can also write instructional text to explain how the game works to others. Elsewhere in Purple Mash are templates to design the box for the game etc. Gaming becomes part of a much bigger design project. A fabulous idea, and one which pushes the use of Purple Mash higher up into KS2.

2 Simple have produced a fantastic product – we all loved having a play through it. If you haven’t seen Purple Mash before, then go take a look at the free resources on offer at www.purplemash.com. And for more ideas on how to use it, check out the 2Simple Talk blog.

Purpleberry is now able to offer Purple Mash training. If you purchase a licence you will get a voucher to use against training from any of the PurpleBerry colleagues around the UK.

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