This is a unique child-friendly yet incredibly powerful piece of software.
"Create your own interactive Flash resources, activities, games, puzzles, quizzes. With this software teachers and primary school children can create cross-curricular, personalised resources and use them on whiteboards, websites and even on Learning Platforms. There are plenty of opportunities for meaningful learning as children plan, design, create, publish and play."
The software could just as easily be used by teachers to create games and activities for their class as it is for children to use it to demonstrate their learning. It has cross-curricular potential and it could be used in all year groups!
I began using the software with my class by demonstrating the very basics about how to set up a matching pairs game. They were shown how to save their work, create pairs, use the drawing and typing tools and change the timings and sounds. Within 40 minutes they had learned lots of other things - adding music, recording sounds, changing the colours of the backs of cards, adding instructions, animating the instructions menu and more. I believe this is the beauty of the software - it is great for allowing the children to just 'have a go' and find out what they can do! There were a number of 'magic moments' around the ICT Suite as everything that was discovered had a wow factor!
Here are the tasks I have (currently) planned to set the children to try:
- Make a times table matching pairs game
- Create a map labelling activity for our junior building (ready for our Year Twos)
- Put together a multiple choice quiz about Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
- Create Venn and Carroll diagram activities to demonstrate what they have learned
- Make a game about Isis collecting all of the pieces of Osiris' body
- Design a catching game to catch all of the organs removed and placed in canopic jars during mummification
Websites and resources that could be useful if you are interested in using 2DIY are:
- Examples of 2DIY projects: http://www.2simple.com/2diy/examples/
- Lots of ideas are shared here: http://www.2diyarchive.co.uk/
- Southwark Primary's 2DIY planning: http://ict.southwarkprimary.net/2009/11/09/2diy-planning/
- Simon Haughton's 2DIY planning: http://www.2diyarchive.co.uk/2010/01/simon-haughtons-2diy-planning.html
The games that our children have made can be found on our school website here.
Do you use 2DIY with your pupils?