Aug. 19, 2019
Have you ever gone into Purple Mash and found yourself thinking “It would be great if Purple Mash could do this”? Well, it might be doing it already!
Read on to discover 5 of our favourite hidden gems in Purple Mash!
Number 5: 2Count
2Count is a tool that only creates pictograms. Its simplicity is perfect for working with younger children, especially as an introduction to using computers as part of their regular lessons. An often forgotten but very fun way to begin to introduce graphs and basic counting concepts. Find 2Count in the Tools Library.
Number 4: 2Design and Make
2Design and Make is a tool that allows you to create 3D objects from a 2D interface. Design colourful and realistic vehicles, buildings, masks or any object for that matter, e.g. a part needed on the Internation Space Station or a yet to be discovered rainforest plant! Print out the net and fold it into a 3D model or send your design to a 3D printer and print it there. One great use is to create a 3D neighbourhood or town, complete with busses and cars. It’s also a great way to explore shapes in Maths using the 3D shape template and then exploring their nets. Find 2Design and Make in the Tools Library.
Number 3: 2Create a Story
2Create a Story allows you to create digital story books. For those familiar with the 2Create a Story and 2Create a Superstory CD products, the Purple Mash version is a mix between the two, allowing the animations of 2Create a Superstory without the complex process. Three levels - My Simple Story, My Story and My Adventure Story gives the opportunity to start simple and work towards further adventures with story writing. The stories can contain animated drawings on two layers, sound effects, music soundscapes and voice recordings. The template encourages image-based story writing and the voice recording option opens the door for younger children to get creative in story-telling. To help inspire children to get creative, we have a stock of exciting backgrounds, sound effects, and the ability to import or create their own. 2Create a Story is in the Tools Library.
Number 2: 2Investigate
2Investigate a powerful and simple visual database that allows data entry within an entire class of students. Collaborative entry means less time on data entry and more time on data investigations. Even better, it comes with ready-made databases so your children can practice data interrogation before actually building their own. You can find it in the Tools Library.