Purple Mash is an award winning educational website for children aged 3 to 11. It is packed with games and resources across many different subjects, delivering an engaging experience for children and valuable support for busy teachers.
The learning resources within Purple Mash offer tools from animation and 3D model design to coding and game design. Desktop publishing allows the children to improve their writing skills and create powerful documents that that can be printed off or shared online to a global audience. Children can learn how to type, practice their maths skills, and safely learn how to use basic email programs. The game-making tools are particularly powerful because children can make their own educational quizzes and games on any topic.
Purple Mash allows teachers to quickly create powerful resources that can be used to enhance learning across all subjects.
Using the cloud-based features, any work created in Purple Mash can be accessed at school and at home, simply by logging in to the website. Teachers can assign tasks for school or home, and mark it or leave comments within the same space.
It’s a means to give students the opportunity to engage with, learn through and develop skills in technology in a safe, challenging and rewarding way where teachers can structure, guide, support and assess their learning, and be supported and guided themselves.
Its essence is simple tools that move children from what they can do at a young age towards industry standards in modelling, writing, data handling, music, coding, game creation, amination, email, blogging and more, and as well as giving the means to create quizzes and games to reinforce learning and develop cognitive thinking. It supports the teachers through all of this with userguide videos, pre-made example activities that are fully adaptable, mapping to curricula, schemes of work, PD training and online chat.
Purple Mash helps children to understand difficult concepts in a simple way, breaking them down into small steps, simple parts. It gives them transferrable skills to move between the variety of tools within Purple Mash and onto industry standards.
Most teachers are not technology specialist, yet technology has so much to offer in the classroom. They need to be given solutions in order to provide the benefits technology can bring. The collaborative tools within Purple Mash enable students to mind map ideas in a dynamic way, structure their thoughts and plans using 2Connect, 2Investigate, 2Write, 2Email and 2Blog. They can share their creations, animated story adventures, 3D Games or coding projects through display boards and blogs for peers and parents/carers.
Teachers can allocate tools, tasks and challenges to their students and a feedback loop is easily managed, with written or audio comments and rewards. Assessment score are easily produced, and students can review their own efforts.
Through the parent portal, students and teachers can share with parents/carers the activities their children are working on and a dialogue can be maintained.
For students to reach higher order thinking skills they can understand the basics well through stimulating, engaging, real activities with anytime and advice access.