Monday, 30 November 2015

Google Drawings - Tutorial 03 - Create badges for your students

Do you use Badges in class? Yes? GREAT! If not, you should seriously consider it. Not only do students respond really well to the Gamification of their Education they love badges.

Who doesn't?

Now making Badges is as easy as opening Google Drawings and using your own creativity. Have a look at the following video and start creating badges today!


Google Apps and Design 01 - Convert Vectors to Drawings format

Our latest video is online!

It's all about design this time as we are starting a new series on How you can use Google Apps for all sorts of Design purposes. Before getting into the basic Design Tips and tricks, I would like to share one of the most useful tips or trick you will need when working with Google Drawings or Google Sheets.

This video walks you through the process of Converting Vector files (All file-types) to Google Drawings and Microsoft Compatible Files.


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Successful GEG Event and Updates on Videos

Back with another Blog post and this time I would like to share with you a little bit about our most recent GEG West Bangkok Event.

This event was held last Saturday and with over 20 attendees can officially be called a successful event. We are already busy planning our Next event!

We had various Keynotes on topics such as 'Bee-Bots and Programmable Robots in the Early Years', 'The Big Idea', 'What is GEG?' and workshops on 'Google Drive Basics', 'Kanbanchi Project Manager', 'Using G+ and Edmodo as your PLN/PLC' and 'Getting Certified'.

Flipped Classroom Tutorials led 2 of these smaller workshops and a keynote on Bee-Bots, but more about the content of these sessions and access to the presentations will be available shortly on the official GEG West Bangkok Blog.
You can find this Blog here: gegwestbkk.blogspot.com

In the meantime I've been very busy recording and uploading videos for you all.

The first of these videos has been a Q&A. This one in particular was as a reply to a Comment left on one of my previous videos.

You can watch it here:

The second video is on a Chrome Web App, and the first in a new series in which I will review useful Chrome App I use to improve or speed up my workflow.

This one is all about Kanbanchi a free Project Managing App, which allows you to integrate with Google Apps and Collaborate on Dashboards.

You can watch the video Here:



Having recorded this video and after presenting on Kanbanchi at our recent GEG, I am proud to let you know Kanbanchi has generously given each and everyone of you a One Year Free Pro account in return for feedback on their app.

You can find the feedback form in the Description on YouTube.






Sunday, 8 November 2015

Exciting developments for our Blog and Online presence.

Consider this a teaser of some sort...

A preview of what's to come! As we are continually growing this Blog, it's community and more specific our channel on YouTube, we have had a long think about what could be a possible next step.

How can we contact and reach even more teachers? How can we reach even more students and continue this culture of sharing information, tips and tricks.

Seeing as we have the power of the internet at our fingertips, we are able to reach many different nations and many different languages. And even though a lot of people speak English as a first, second or third language, some are not that comfortable following Tutorials and How-To's in a foreign language.

Thus, I have decided to help out with the launch of two Brand new YouTube channels, one Thai language channel and a Dutch Language channel.

Hopefully this will enable us to spread our message of Educational Technology even further and help those who are looking for some help!

Let me know what your thoughts are on this? Also, if you are interested in helping out, let us know as we are always looking for new ideas and things to learn!


More information about these channels will follow soon! 
In the meantime, here's a preview of our two new channel logos:
Our Soon to launch Thai Language Channel
And our Dutch Language Channel.


And no, we are NOT discontinuing our English language Channel. All three channels will co-exist as separate entities, each with it's own community and People!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Upcoming GEG Event and Future projects for this Blog

It has been a busy time for myself these last couple of weeks, and no, I'm not planning on taking it down a notch.

Aside from creating tutorial videos and doing my day to day teaching and planning, GEG West Bangkok, myself included, have been busy preparing for our Next event. I have mentioned GEG's before in a previous Blogpost of mine but wanted to share a bit more about our upcoming event as it will no doubt have Topics other GEG's or Gatherings might be interested in hearing about. 

After many long discussion and inspiring hangouts with our core members and Facilitators, we decided on a number of Central Topics and Overarching Theme. 

So, here it is:
TRANSFORMING EDUCATION, PREPARING THE FUTURE

Ok, ok, big title, I know. Here is what we will be discussing;

As you can see from the Flyer above this GEG Meet will feature Bee-Bots, Pro-Bots, Kanbanchi and Chromebooks.



First up are Chromebooks, most of you are already familiar with Chromebooks and the use of these within education. Heck, you might be reading this on a ChromeBook! But just in case you are not, we will have Chromebooks available for you to play around with and will discuss the uses of these in class. 




Secondly we will have Bee-Bots and Pro-Bots, these are programmable Floor Robots used to introduce the younger children to Coding and Computational Thinking. We are going to have a hand on session with these brilliant tools and explore how you(the teacher) can use them in class.

Giving practical examples of activities for the younger children we will discuss both the pro's and con's in teaching Coding at such a young age!



A third highlight of our meet is Kanbanchi!

We have been reviewing and testing Kanbanchi in the runner up to this event and I will soon share a video, going over some of the key features on both this blog and my YouTube channel.

Kanbanchi is a Project Manager Chrome app that links seamlessly with your Google or GAFE Account. It brings a ton of productivity features to Google Drive with a the aim of simplifying the Management and planning of a Project. In Fact, we at GEG West Bangkok, have used this tool throughout the entire planning for this event.

So there you have it! A great range of different topics, Beginners to Advanced users, all at a single meet.

Oh...and did I mention we will have a special Giveaway and Google Demo Slam session?

If you would like to learn more about any of these tools or get in touch with GEG West Bangkok about possible Collaborations or joined project. 

Please Contact me via this Website or find our Official GEG West Bangkok Blog Here: http://gegwestbkk.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Drive Basics - Adding functionality through Apps

Time for another Basic Tutorial, but an essential one! If you use Chrome or Chromebooks that's great! But it's only the very beginning of what you could be doing. Chrome is a unique platform which let's you add specific functionality through extensions and add ons.

Not only do these get added to the device you are currently working on(if you use Chrome) they also get added to any device with Chrome you sign into.

So have a look at the following video, find out how to install these and let me know what your favourite apps are and why!




Sunday, 1 November 2015

Advanced Image tricks in Google Sheets, Spice up your Spreadsheets!

Back with another Tutorial on Sheets! I love Google's Spreadsheets App and it has saved me a lot of time both collating and managing data.

The trick I'm going to show you today is a more advanced way of working with images withing your spreadsheet.
No we all know that you can use the Menu and insert an image. The downside of this techniques however is that the image 'Floats' around your spreadsheet and stands separate as an independent element.

That will all change Today!

I will show you how you can insert an image using a Function, thus the image behaves as Data and is linked to a cell.

You can insert rows, columns, etc... and the Image stays linked to the cell.

Learn how to do this in the following video:



I hope this Video was helpful and you've learned something new! For more information or if you have questions, simply leave me a comment right here on this blog or on YouTube in the Comment section.