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

Scratch Tutorial 05 - Create a Retro Maze Game

We have all seen maze games like this, some challenging and fun, others Scary and perfect for Halloween or an old classic: "the jump scare".

Well, I'm going to show you how you can make your very own Maze games using Scratch. If you use them for scares or not, that's up to you. In this video you will learn all the basic steps to create a maze game in under ten minutes!


Also Check out these great resources:

If you are a teacher looking to use ScratchJr. with the Youngest learners, a great place to start is The Official ScratchJr Book which you can find here: http://amzn.to/2p95uu7

Or use these brilliant Coding prompt cards in class:

Scratch - Tutorial 04 - Create a Race Game in Ten Minutes

A slightly older Tutorial, but still very much up-to-date today! Create your own 2D top down Retro Race game in less than 10 minutes.

Is it really possible? Watch this video and learn how. Don't forget to leave a comment and feel free to share your completed project links as well. Remember, Sharing is caring!







Monday, 22 August 2016

AppsEvents 5th Annual Bangkok Summit featuring Google For Education

Yes, it's that time of the year again!


The 5th Annual Bangkok Summit featuring Google Apps for education is coming up in just a few months! Better get your tickets today!
Lots of great keynotes, presentations and workshops are already planned and the Early Bird Sign ups are online!

If you are Bangkok Based and/or in SEA and want to learn more this is just the summit for you.
Find out more about what will be on offer on the following website: http://www.bangkoksummit.org/home

And if you are feeling brave, maybe you would like to submit your own GAFE related session and share all the knowledge you've gathered over the past couple of years: http://www.bangkoksummit.org/request-for-speakers

Just in case you are wondering, yes, I will be presenting as well and am especially looking forward to the great networking opportunities this summit presents to us all as educators. In addition to GEG Central Bangkok and GEG West-Bangkok being present as both presenters and attendants, many of the educators work in local schools and thus have lots of great ideas to share during these sessions!

More information, once we have a completed schedule, and in the meantime; Keep learning, keep exploring and See you at the Bangkok Summit!



Thursday, 18 August 2016

How to Encrypt your Mail the easy way!

Ever wondered if there was an easy solution to Email encryption? There is! Encrypt your messages or part of the message using this simple tool!




To summarize; You can send and receive any number of encrypted messages with a free Virtru account, or upgrade to Pro for features like message revocation and automatic expiration. Email encryption has never been this easy.

Find out more about Virtru on their website: https://www.virtru.com/

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Snagit Screen Capture Software Review


As many of you probably already know, I'm an EdTech enthusiast, part of this means finding out about new products and testing them in class. Some time ago I was contacted by the Blog Video Editing Software with the opportunity to test a fully licensed version of Snagit, Techsmith's latest Screen Capturing product. 

In return I would write an honest review of the product and I would not have to leave out any criticism or negative comments. Thus I started my testing and trialing and below you can read my review in full. I hope this will help you decide if Snagit is for you or not! (Again, everything written in this review is my own personal opinion!)

You can find the Review by following this link: http://www.videoeditingsoftware.com/2016/07/snagit-screen-capture-software-review.html

If you feel that Snagit might be the product for you, simply click on the following link: HERE

For those of you on Steemit, you can upvote my posts via this link: https://steemit.com/@sethi-de-clercq




Monday, 9 May 2016

How to create a truly Interactive Timeline with Google Sheets

Looking to 'Flip' your classroom? Want more engaging content and interactive timelines for your teaching and VLE(Virtual Learning environment) or Blog? Look no further. Using Google Sheets and TimelineJS you can create stunning and truly interactive Timelines, using information, images, video, audio and so much more.Find out all about it in this video!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Bee-Bot Classroom Guide Giveaway!


Join our Bee-Bot Classroom Guide Giveaway Today and win a free copy of our Teacher Guide. This guide contains over 20 Different activities you can do in Class to promote the use of programmable robots and Programming at a VERY Young age. All activities have been tried and tested! Simpy enter our giveaway below! After the Giveaway ends we will randomly pick 5 winners who will each receive a PDF version of the Guide.


Bee-Bot Classroom Guide Giveaway

Monday, 18 April 2016

Scratch - Tutorial 09 - 'Clone' a sprite and create a scrolling game!

If you want to create side-scroller games or scrolling games similar to flappy bird in which object appear and scroll side to side, then this is the video for you!
Using the 'clone' statements and 'Delete a clone' in combination with a Random Costume selector you can create such a game in UNDER ten minutes!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

How To Turn your old Laptop into a Chromebook with Cub Linux

Do you have an old laptop lying around unused or too slow to use? Have you been looking at the speedy Chromebooks available?

Installing Linux can give your old laptop a second life and now it got even better! With Cub Linux you can have a 'ChromeOS'-Like experience on your old laptop without having to stop using local storage or Linux software!

Find out all about how to install in this video!

Websites used are:

Cub Linux: https://cublinux.com/
Linux Live USB Creator: http://www.linuxliveusb.com/

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

How to Force users to make their own Copy of a file

Sharing files through Google Drive is great! But sometimes you do not want other users, or people outside of your domain to have continuous access to that file.



This little trick will show you how you can FORCE a recipient of a file to create his or her own copy.



Changing the URL, will prompt the user to click on 'Create a Copy' in his/her own drive.

Monday, 21 March 2016

How to Create your own Video Thumbnails like a Pro!

I love creating screen-casts, videos and tutorials! Clear and attractive Thumbnails are an important part of creating videos and in this tutorial I will show you how to create a thumbnail like a pro using nothing but free tools and Stock photography.



No more Automated Thumbnails, but start representing your own style today!



Websites used: Stocksnap.io



Monday, 14 March 2016

How To Create Multiple Copies of a File in Google Drive

Learn how to create multiple copies of a file on Google Drive Automatically. This trick is made possible by utilising Google Scripts. 

This is particularly useful when you need multiple copies of a file for sharing or reporting and do not want to waste time right' clicking before creating a copy.


The script used in this video was created by Alice Keeler, you can find her website and Blog here: http://www.alicekeeler.com/

Find the script used in this video here: http://tinyurl.com/copydocscript

Monday, 29 February 2016

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Patreon Soft Launch

Announcement:
We have now opened a Patreon Page which you can find here: 
https://www.patreon.com/flippedclassroom

This is just an initial experiment and allows motivated Educators and Viewers to support the creation of these Tutorials, if they choose to do so.
Do not feel that this is something you have to do! I would appreciate it, but even with nobody Supporting the Patreon page, I will continue to create free EdTech related content. See it as a tip or 'Good Job' if you find these videos useful.

Every video produced in the future will continue to be uploaded to YouTube every Monday! Next Video will be online tomorrow!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Password Protect ANY Google Drive file Today!

Password Protect ANY Google Drive Document or file today with this simple workaround!

To add security when sharing a document, you can choose to share it within your domain or a certain group. You could also add another level of security on top of sharing it to a group or to certain people by password protecting your document using a form. 

Learn how to do it in a few easy steps.



Thursday, 11 February 2016

Monday, 8 February 2016

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Monday, 1 February 2016

Google Docs - More Basics - Voice type, Translate and Research


Want to type fast (or document a meeting in text?), Cite documents in a better way, or translate any document -all in a few steps?

Google Docs has been getting a lot of neat features. You can search from within the web app (also in the Android app) and once you've found your fact, image or quote, you will be able to insert and properly cite them in your document. 

You can also use your voice to type and this feature recognizes a lot of languages. If ever you receive any documents written in a different language, you will always be able to translate them on the fly.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Monday, 18 January 2016

Google Docs - Tutorial 05 - Keeping text hidden or secret with Docsecrets

Sometimes there is confidential or text you want to keep secret in a shared file.

Maybe you want to create a shared document with students but keep some of the information private or hidden(such as answers to questions).

Now you can keep this text hidden by using a simple Add-On called Docsecrets!
Find out all about this very useful add-on and let me know how you would use it in your class.



Find the official website for this add-on here: http://www.docsecrets.net/
Find the add-on here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/docsecrets/gknbahfoppmfeahlhhgagbcbaacmhbnp