Sunday, 5 March 2017

Quick CV Design in Google Drawings Timelapse

Recently I was asked by a friends how long it would take to create a Professional Looking CV in Google GSuite. 

I thought about this question for a while and was unsure how to answer it. However, I was very confident that it could be done in well under an hour. I decided that the easiest way to test this and find out how long it takes, would be to create a template live, others can use, adapt and share. 

So, that's what I did. In the following video you can see a time-lapse sped up 5.5 times, creating a template CV which ended up taking about 34 minutes total (Don't worry, the video doesn't take that long!). 

Enjoy!



If you are looking to create your own version of this remember that it is important to use Custon Page settings in order to get the correct document dimensions

For A4 these are:

 or  


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

App Review - Coding for the Youngest with Code-a-Pillar by Fisher-Price

Bring Coding and Logic into your classroom or take it home! This app is just what you need to introduce basic concepts and logic to your youngest learners.
Not only will they learn tons of important skills, they will love doing it and ask for more learning!


Find out all about the app in our video.

You can download the app for free here:
Code-a-Pillar by Fisher Price.



Here is a simple list of some of this app's key features.

Pro's

  • Graphical Editor - Visual Coding blocks 
  • Logic and Motion, no syntax
  • Easy to follow, narration throughout the entire game
  • Colourful and Fun
  • Short bursts of information
  • Commands are introduced 1 at a time
  • Mini games on number recognition at the end of each level.
  • Orientation of the Caterpillar changes throughout the levels.
  • The turn block rotate on screen after being places so students can check and 'debug' their code.
  • Free and advertisement free App

Con's

  • Visual Coding blocks (non-syntax based programming environment)
  • iOS only
You can download the app for free here:
Code-a-Pillar by Fisher Price.

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Start Today! If you would like to start working with a physical programmable robot in class you can find all the needed resources below(Affiliate links):


Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar Robot: http://amzn.to/2ngTt3w

Other Programmable Robots:

Also, Check out the free resources page on this website and my TPT/Educents Stores for loads of Bee-bot related materials created and designed by me. Available as paid and FREE downloads.

Educents: https://www.educents.com/eduflip
TPT Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Eduflip

Monday, 27 February 2017

Bee Bot App - iPad Coding and Computing Apps reviewed

Here's a video from a while back on the Bee-Bot app for iOS which never made it to our blog.

Ever wondered if you too can introduce programming and robotics into an Early Years classroom? At our school we use the Easy to carry Bee-Bot Rechargeable Docking Station but not everyone has access to Bee-Bot Robots. Still want to introduce Computing at a young age? Don't worry!

This video is a quick review and demonstration of the Bee-Bot App. 
Start Today! If you would like to start working with physical Bee-bots in class you can find all the needed resources below(Affiliate links):
Other Programmable Robots:
Also, Check out the free resources page on this website and my TPT/Educents Stores for loads of Bee-bot related materials created and designed by me. Available as paid and FREE downloads.

Educents: https://www.educents.com/eduflip
TPT Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Eduflip


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017

It's that time of the year again! Safer Internet Day 2017.
As every year, many classes and schools will be putting on activities for this day and forget all about Internet Safety tomorrow. A missed chance.

I am convinced that it is not the one day activities that are going to make a change. It is all of us, all the time. Educators like us, often pride themselves on the fact that we 'know' about curriculum and how we enable a 'transfer' of knowledge.

Given that fact a lot of us will think; E safety? I know what I'm doing and run activities such as; sharing a post with the world, seeing how far and fast a message can be shared across Social media.
Some teachers will look at how email is a 'new' form of communication and how chatting with strangers can be dangerous.

However, we are talking about digital natives here! These children, tweens and teens grew up with Technology. A Year One student was born in the same year that the iPhone 4 came out! (Feeling old yet?) Activities such as the ones mentioned above can be fun, but will have very little impact on our students lives.

That's the reality in which we are living. Social media is not something some of us choose to use, it is something all of us use. Schools and students are online, files and data are stored in the cloud, students are using smartphones and smartwatches. Connectivity is everywhere and I've spotted a  lot of smart watches aimed at children in our local Shopping Center for about 90 Pounds or 110 Dollars.



Now, learning to cope with this changed reality and dealing with potential problems online, is still not as ingrained into our school curriculum and practice as it should be. Often we, teachers and parents, don't know what we are doing, are out of touch with the latest trends and/or apps, or simply cannot operate the equipment.

That's where this Day comes in. To hopefully create more awareness about Digital Citizenship and E safety alongside sharing some useful resources with carers and parents.

As a Common Sense Certified Educator, I advocate constant integrated E-safety and e-etiquette throughout all lessons and activity rather than stand alone lessons.

If you too would like to have a look at some of the resources I use, you can follow the links below for more information...

Common sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/




Stay Safe Online: https://staysafeonline.org

EduCare UK: Educare UK

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Updates for EduFlip.net in Q1 of 2017

First of all I would like to say that January 2017 has been an amazing and busy month. Not only has my family welcomed our second son into the family, we are now also more committed to a regular posting schedule for both this website/blog and the YouTube channel known as 'Flipped Classroom Tutorials'.

The first big change for our Channel if that after two years of posting tutorials under a custom URL which was in all honesty, a leftover custom name I claimed a long time ago, we are now posting under our new channel URL.




Doesn't this look better! I know, a lot of people will tell you that it's not possible to change your custom URL, heck, even YouTube says the following on their support page: 

However, as I am a firm believer in perseverance and learning new things along the way, we have been able to change our URL for a second time. Mind you, this will be the final time and we are very excited about being able to use /FlippedClassroomTutorials.

A second update is that we will start experimenting this year with some different formats of content delivery. Alongside more Screen-cast styled tutorials, we are looking into having some small scale webinars and long-format training sessions to upload to the Channel. These will be both live and pre -recorded, depending on the topic at hand. Do use the comment section on YouTube and/or here to let us know which training you would like to see going online.

The first one planned is titled 'Google Docs Mastery: Design is possible!'

Of course, as all things progress, EduFlip.net will remain a central hub to share these developments, extra tips, presentations and more!

Make sure that you bookmark our website and return frequently, to ensure you are not missing out on some of the resources and deals posted.

I'm excited about what the first Quarter of 2017 has in store for us and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!!


We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you for your support in 2016, it has been a great year in terms of sharing information and learning new things. We would love for you to continue your EduFlip Journey into 2017! 

As a little bonus follow the link below and create an ecard just like this one, in 3 min tops!

https://www.canva.com/create/ecards/



Saturday, 17 December 2016

NEW Google Sites - More options (Deep Dive)

Let's dive deeper into the possibilities of the New Google Sites, or should I say GSuite Sites... I'm still adjusting.

After the last video in which I gave a quick overview of some key features for Educators and students, I'm exploring some of the other functionality today. These include things such as Embedding a complete drive Folder and choosing the best looking display option, embedding a YouTube video either 'unlisted' (non-searchable) or a publicly available video on YouTube.

I will walk you through the procedure to create 'Nested Pages' (These are pages underneath other pages, similar to what you would see on most website menu's) and I have a look at what you can do with calendars and maps in the new Sites.

I expect a lot more functionality rolling out soon as they continue to develop this product, but already it is looking like a very powerful tool for education!

Thank you Google!







Sunday, 20 November 2016

NEW Google Sites 2016 for Educators


The new Google Sites is Brilliant and full of Material Design. Join us in this video on the Educators guide to Google Sites and how your students can use it to create good looking and professional websites and online portfolios in less than ten minutes.



Enjoy all these Brand new features today on Rapid release and Next week on scheduled release!




Sunday, 13 November 2016

Anti-Bullying Week 2016 and ESafety

This upcoming week is National Anti-Bullying Week in the UK.
This initiative runs from 14th-18th Nov 2016 and this years theme is : 'Power For Good'


As a website primarily focused on Education and in particular Educational Technology, it is only natural for me to share some helpful resources about cyber-bullying you can use within your class. Not only is this week an important reminder for us to the damage and impact bullying can have in a child's life, it is also a good reminder that in this digital age we have to be vigilant and protect our students from the dangers presented when exploring the vast online world as well.

That being said this post will focus on the e-Safety and Cyber-bullying side of things and hopefully I can share some resources that will help you implement an e-safety plan for your students.

You can find the official National Anti-Bullying website here:

To Keep things interactive let's begin with a video I've used in class with my Year One students to introduce our E-Safety Focus:


Now that you've decided that you are ready to do something about your students safety I would recommend bookmarking the CommonSenseMedia Digital Citizenship Curriculum:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence

As a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator I have used and trialed this e-Safety Curriculum at our school and it has been a truly successful journey for myself, the students AND their parents!




Some other useful links are:

www.safetynetkids.org.uk - Great website full of tips for Parents and Students

www.esafety.gov.au - Australian Government run website with lots of resources for Educators and Parents.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The police's Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.

www.getsafeonline.org A beginner's guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.

www.kidsmart.org.uk - Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.

www.bullying.co.uk - One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
Childnet - A Parents Guide to Tech!





Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Teach Computing to your class today!



As the world moves forward, thankfully many schools are now embracing a shift in the teaching of ICT and shifting their attention to Computational Thinking and Computing lessons, students are preparing themselves for the future!

However, often the Computer Science subject ends up being taught by class teachers and many are scared or unsure of where to begin. Scratch, Code.org and Google CS are great resources, but far from the only ones available. Having recently presented on this at the Bangkok AppsEvents Summit, I got the feeling many teachers are looking for some alternative apps, programs and links to introduce coding to their classes. 

All I can say is that we live in very fortunate time and NEVER before have their been this many programs available for us to use and/or try! In this presentation, shared below, I have tried to outline a simple list of different apps and programs each with hyperlinks. These are for you, as class teacher, to use as a tool and/or as extra provision for those students.

Outlining some of their key features, this will hopefully be a powerful tool you can use on a regular bases to refer to when teaching coding.






Monday, 31 October 2016

Google Doodle Draw Game for Halloween 2016


It's Halloween, so my question to you is the following; "Have you played 'Magic Cat Academy' yet?"

Not sure what I'm talking about? Google has released this incredibly addictive mini game just for this years Halloween celebrations, and yes, it's extremely addictive!
If you are wondering what this little mini game looks like Check out this short little video:



Players must draw symbols using either a mouse or touchscreen to get rid of all the ghosts that slowly advance towards the main cat character Momo.

You'll need to draw the specific symbol floating above each ghoul's head to defeat them.

There are a number of symbols used in the mini-game, including horizontal and vertical lines and v shapes and combinations of these.

It not only has beautiful graphics in a simply, yet artistic style, but you play right within your browser on PC, MAC or Mobile! Although I must admit, Mobile is easier.


If you want to check out this fun little mini-game simply go to Google's Homepage https://google.co.uk and click on the play button!


Free Professional development Opportunity

The European Schoolnet might not be the first place most of us look for professional development, but in recent years and months they have been offering many great courses to further develop your skill set. 

Their most recent offerings are aimed at ict coordinators and it integration specialist and admins working in schools. Furthermore, these courses are all available for FREE! That's right! A free MOOC(Massive Open Online Course) which lasts for 6 weeks, each week focusing on a different aspect of ICT coordination and Administration in schools. 



This course will start the  28th November 2016 and will require a time investment on you part of about 3 hours a week.
If you are interested you can follow the link below to sign up!

You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.




Monday, 24 October 2016

How to use Edpuzzle - Engage Students Today and Flip your classroom



Flip your classroom today and use tools such as EdPuzzle to engage your students and prepare interesting and interactive Lessons.

I have used EdPuzzle throughout the school year and find it not only a powerful tool for student engagement, but it incorporates students feedback and many more!

In this Tutorial I will walk you through the features of Edpuzzle and show you how I use it in my Teaching practice to successfully 'flip' or 'blend' my learning!







Saturday, 27 August 2016

Have Multiple Forms feed information to a Single Sheet



If you're anything like me, than you LOVE Google Forms. You can use it for all sorts of different things, quizzes, tests, review or to get feedback after a lesson or workshop.

Now sometimes we want to use multiple forms to get differentiated feedback. A different form for each class. Or every workshop with its own Form. 

After collected the data it is possible to collate it all into a SINGLE Spreadsheet! That's right! many forms -> 1 Sheet! Learn all about how to do this in this video.







Tuesday, 23 August 2016