Last week we were lucky enough to have Leigh Craig from Google Education UK and Louise Jones from Cairngorm Futures visit Wick High School to judge this year’s cohort of Apps for Good teams to decide which teams were put through to the Apps for Good Scotland event in Edinburgh yesterday.
During the morning of our Dragon’s Den event (they weren’t exactly Dragons), teams pitched their ideas to them. All of this was live streamed in immersive 360 degrees on YouTube for parents, teachers and other pupils to view. All of our teams were incredibly professional in their approach and worked really hard on their ideas, business plans and coded solutions using Thunkable, a drag and drop app development language for Android (and soon to be iOS).
The teams chosen to attend Apps for Good Scotland were:
Runners up were:
After taking the 10 hour journey to Edinburgh on Tuesday, after a good rest we were all ready to pitch at Surgeon’s Hall on Wednesday.
Our teams did Caithness proud with how professional they were in the Marketplace, pitching to other entrants and industry experts. They all showed great teamwork, creativity and technical skills. I personally think our use of Thunkable really set us apart compared to other schools. Our teams were using Google Maps and Firebase cloud database APIs to share data between apps and update each other in real time. Kevin McDonagh from Novoda, an international app development company said that they use Firebase in their apps. How cool is that?! Not to mention that Hayley, who has only been coding for three weeks managed to create an AMAZING prototype that worked beautifully on the day. I would seriously recommend looking into using Thunkable, even if you’re not confident, there’s plenty of resources out there to use.
All attendees were given the choice to vote for their favourite team in a “People’s Choice” award and our very own Midge Forecast won second place. All of our teams were delighted to be taking part and will most definitely be using their makertplace experience to their advantage, should they make it to the UK Apps for Good finals.
Thanks to Chris Aitken, Computing Science teacher, at Wick High School for the above report. If any schools are interested in running the Apps for Good course Chris is happy to give you some advice on getting started. You will find his email in the global address book.
Some further information around the course and a case study from Wick High School is available below and also on the National Improvement Hub here.
The Digital Learning Team will add news or examples of good practice on here so keep checking back for up to date info.