May 31, 2023
Each month we will be highlighting a #MashoftheMonth, this will focus on a tool or application within Purple Mash and how it can be used within the classroom to support learning across the curriculum. During the month, if you share how you have used #MashoftheMonth, you will then be entered into a draw to win a 2Simple Goody Bag!
Using the Purple Chip app in conjunction with our 2Code Purple Chip tool on Purple Mash allows students to control an external device (a phone or tablet) from code that has been written in and run from within Purple Mash.
When you download the Purple Chip app, it looks like a handheld gamepad:
With the Purple Chip app and 2Code Purple Chip tool, students can:
They might, for example, write some code for when button A is pressed, the device's light flashes for 10 seconds:
They could also use the device as a controller for their game. For example, they might code their sprite to move left when they tilt the device left, or to disappear when button B is pressed:
Take a quick tour with this video:
We've put together some great resources for you to use to teach about Purple Chip with your students. Unit 5.9 (Using External Devices) includes lesson plans, slides, a knowledge organiser, examples and even a quiz! Once you've taught a few lessons, why not challenge your class to enter our Purple Chip Competition?
We would love to see how creative your KS2 students can be when using the Purple Chip app. Make sure they have checked out the examples within the Purple Chip Competition folder:
We'd love to see what your class create with this app, so please do tag us on social media!