Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Have fun with Music Videos and quotes in Class Ditty App Overview



Ditty is a simple app that sings any text you put into it. It allows you to create a short music video of the text you write. You also get the option to add images (photos, GIFs, etc) and videos. There are a lot of songs to choose from and just like any social platform, Ditty allows you to share what you create with your friends or post on your feed.

CLASSROOM INTEGRATION
Ditty was created to be fun and social but with a little bit of creativity, you can engage your students with Music Videos in under 30 seconds. It's a fun way to introduce a topic, question or idea to the class. Similarly, this app can be used by the students to create a short reaction, reflection, comment, feedback or highlight of the lesson or topic.

You can find and download the app using this link:

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Interactive and more engaging lessons with Thinglink



ThingLink is a tool that provides us the ability to add interactivity to any image. With ThingLink, you create web links into specific areas on the image. You can include an image, video, audio, a link and more. It also is very easy to embed onto websites.

CLASSROOM INTEGRATION
ThingLink was created to make images/photos interactive. With this in mind, there are so many ways to integrate this into the classroom. Teachers and students can enrich the lessons by sharing more information on the images and linking sources of information. This is a great way to differentiate learning. Students may use it to label parts of the body, for example, label locations, add more information to an advertising material and so much more.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The powerful FREE alternative to Adobe Illustrator that works in the CLO...



Adobe Illustrator is one of the, if not "the app" to choose when making a vector or graphic design. Unfortunately, it comes at a cost which many students and teachers find difficult to fund. Enter Gravit Designer, a FREE, powerful and cloud-based vector editor that is as amazing as Adobe Illustrator. A cross-platform design tool for the 21st century and best of all, it gives you the ability to unleash your creativity using powerful tools that are previously only available on paid apps.

The video introduces you to the basics of navigating and using Gravit Designer. Visit http://designer.io.

CLASSROOM INTEGRATION:

Gavit Designer could be a good tool for students (high school or college students) who are interested in design. Students could start designing without the need to download any software. There's a lot of options to start designing for print, web, and mobile. There are many templates to choose from as well. Teachers can also take advantage of using Gavit Designer for their lessons that involve designing a logo, banner, vector art and more.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Get Exact Dimensions when printing in Google Drawings


Look, we've all been in that position where we have created something amazing in Google Drawings, and now we need to print it.

One problem. Those printing dimensions don't match up. Another use case could be the need for exact dimension when printing on A4 or any ither sized paper. I have come across this need fairly often when making resources for my class.

Let's say you've created your own topical rulers or some brilliant and shiny looking Bee-bot resources. Printing these type of resources requires you to ensure you have exact dimensions as a ruler with slightly off measurements won't help your students.

In this video I walk you through some steps you can take when creating in Google Drawings to make sure your work looks the best it can when printed.

As a little sidenote; if you are creating resources for online shops such as tpt, you will definitely need this trick!



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Or have a look at some of my resources:


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Edit Photos and Images in the Cloud for Free - THE Photoshop ALTERNATIVE...


You too can create great content and beautiful looking images for your classroom, website or worksheets. No you do not need expensive software or programs the likes of photoshop. While useful, in this video I will present you with an alternative to Photoshop that works in the cloud and can be used by you and your students on pc, Mac and Chromebook!

Powerful, cheap and easy to use! Introducing Photopea!

Watch the video below for an introduction to this platform. If you would like more in-depth tutorials, let me know in the comments and we will make it happen!




Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Google's Be Internet Awesome Program teaches eSafety with GAMES!


This week we got to promote e-safety in class with the Safer Internet Day 2018. This year the theme was "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you".

What better place to start than using the Google Curriculum on E Safety called Interland!

Have a look at the video below for ideas on how you might use this Gamefied environment to teach about staying safe online and being respectful to other.



Whenever E-Safety is mentioned I keep thinking of a poster I saw a long time ago shared by MArk Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) on Twitter.

The poster talked about THINK as a guide to shairng information online and teaching student to THINK before sharing.


If you would like more links or useful resources to teach e safety here's a list of my personal favourites:

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018
Toolkit: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/campaign-toolkit

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/web/portal/home

https://www.bbc.com/ownit (UK only)

https://www.esafety.gov.au/saferinternetday

Monday, 1 January 2018

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Adding and creating an animated header in Google Classroom

If you are are a regular reader of my blogs on EduFlip.net or follow my tutorials on YouTube, you know I enjoy trying new and different things. Having been to quite a few summits, schools and classrooms, I can say I have seen a fair share of Google Classroom courses in action and continue to find Classroom one of THE most powerful, education oriented tools available in G Suite.

So me, being me I looked for things I could do that you probably didn't know about or didn't use. Which brings me to the topic of this post: Give your Google Classroom that modern look you've always wanted. With an animation in the header that's possible today!



That's right. You too can add cool animations to the header of any classroom. Watch the video below or read this BlogPost to find out just how that's done.

The second half if the post and video will show you how you can create your very own animations to be added to your Google classroom in Camtasia 9.

Let's start by looking at how we can create such an animation for our classroom by reusing animations already pre-created and available freely online.

Start off by doing a simple Google search for GIF files. Make sure that you define the images you're looking for by selecting the appropriate usage license and file type.



You can do this by simply clicking on Tools and then you select which usage license you would like to use or search for.

Once you have located that perfect file that you think would look great, in the header of your classroom, go ahead and right click on the image to download.

Now All That's left is for us to do, is open up Google classroom and add this image to our header. You can do this by navigating to the Header in classroom and clicking on the 'upload photo' option. This will allow you to upload an image and is where we will select our previously downloaded GIF file.



Once uploaded you will be asked to crop The image and select The Area You Want displayed on your header.

And that's all there is to it. You can now enjoy your mother and looking Google classroom and your students will love the new feel and look of this header.

Now if you are like me and you like a more advanced or unique-looking Header, you will be looking into creating your very own GIF file.

Now this is easily done within any video editing software and for the sake of this demonstration I will have been using Camtasia 9. You can find the full walkthrough on how to do this in the video below!

What's important to remember here are the editing Dimensions.You can create a static image in Google drawings by using these same dimensions. 

The dimensions needed for a header in a Google classroom or 600 pixels wide by 200 pixels high, this can go up to 300 pixels if you choose to. However, when using slightly larger images you will be asked to crop the image after uploading. 

Another thing to take into consideration is that your Course title will be placed in the middle of the image. So when designing the header, it is important to think about these fixed elements.



As always, I challenge you to pushing the boundaries of what is possible and would love to see and read about your animated headers, or about the any other things YOU are doing to push the boundaries of Google Classroom!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Make Google Slides Presentations EVEN better by adding Video!


I cannot believe I left this post as a draft for such a long time!

The topic in this post could not have come at a better time as I've just finished presenting at the 2017 Bangkok Summit organised by AppsEvents featuring Google for Education.

'What are you talking about?' I can hear you think. Well, AppsEvents runs various boot-camps and larger summits around the world. These are great opportunities to meet fellow educators, Educational Technology specialists and like minded teachers. Every single summit I've attended, either as speaker or attendant, has been amazing. I've always come back with new ideas or tricks I want to try.

If you would like to find out more about these summits and see if there are any near you, simply go to their website here: https://www.appsevents.com/ (In a new window, of course) As you really don't want to leave this website ;-)

One of my presentations at the 2017 BKK Summit was all about the use of YouTube in your classroom and leveraging it as a powerful tool for learning. I went over many different aspects of YouTube such as the creation of curated Playlists, sharing these with students, collaboration with colleagues and using video in GSuite products such as Slides and yes, even Docs!

The video below will show you some of the things you can do in Slides to maximize the effectiveness of using video in your class and/or presentations.



Don't forget to Leave you questions or comment below the video and if you think it could help a fellow teacher friend, by all means share!

I will be back to my regular update/upload schedule soon, once the new academic year is in full swing! See you Soon!

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Create your BEST Interactive Presentation UPDATED Video!


About two years ago I made a tutorial video on turning your average Google Slideshow into an interactive presentation as a great tool for teaching. However, the Audio quality was below the standard I wanted and the pace could be better. All of this prompted me to re record this tutorial and update it for the year 2017.

In the video below you can find an updated and improved video outlining the step you need to take in order for a slideshow to become an interactive tool for teaching.

I use a range of different functions but the main functionality utilized for this to work is the 'polyline or shape' tool in combination with the 'hyperlink' functions.



If you found this video helpful, don''t forget to share it with friends and/or staff/teachers who might find it helpful and leave a comment on the video! I always read ALL comments and any feedback is appreciated and welcomed. I'm always looking to improve my videos and would love to hear what you would like to learn.

You can find many more tutorials and trick on various educational technology on this website so feel free to explore. 

If you are a frequent presenter you might want to have a look at some of these presenter clickers(Both great options for professional presenters):

Amazon Basics Wireless PResenter: http://amzn.to/2uOTPGC
Logitech wireless presenter with laser pointer: http://amzn.to/2eGPtL9

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Insert a comment section into the NEW Google Sites 2017


We've all been there. We have created a webpage using the new Google Sites, only to realize that comments and comment sections are not yet available! Using this Workaround you too can add a comment section to your Sites. It's not ideal, but it works and will save you the hassle from having to scrap the idea of a comment section all together.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Google Classroom for Everyone its finally here! NEW 2017 Features


Google Classroom is not only a powerful platform for students and teachers, but anyone looking to teach or join an online course will fin a home here. Especially now that is has been opened up to personal GMail accounts. In my opinion, Classroom will rapidly expand and become a big player within the Online course providers area. 

 Having anyone create and/or join a course is allowing for great variety and many opportunities for individuals to offer both FREE and Limited ACCESS Courses. Check out the video below to find out all about the neat and useful features that are now available to ALL!

 

In response to this post I would love to hear how you are going to use Classroom and what the added benefits you see from having it open to personal Accounts.

Also, I'm looking to create some courses open to both This lovely Eduflip Community and my Flipped Classroom Tutorials Community over on Patreon! Do let me know, which courses and trainings you would be interested in joining and what you would like t see on this website!

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts in the comment section below!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

There is a New Google Earth and it's Amazing!


The new update for Google Earth has been rolled out and it is THE BIGGEST Update so far! Not only are the images updated and crisp clear. You know have 3D Renders of the structures and environment whilst exploring the globe. 

The biggest chance in my opinion is the ability of using Google Earth within your browser on any platform without the need to download anything! Ok, there's still a PRO version available for download, but the vast majority of users will find that the Standard Cloud-based version is more than enough.

Another New Feature is called 'Voyager' and this will take you on Guided Tours around the globe with Curated Content, perfect to use in class! When taking one of these Guided tours you will travel from pinpoint to pinpoint and learn all about the locations highlighted with information, photos and even video!

You can check out my full walk through of the new Google Earth in the video Below:


Please use the comment section below to let me know how you have been using Google Earth in class and what your Favourite New feature is? How are you going to use these in class and what has the response from your students been like? I would love to hear your feedback. 

Now, let's get back to exploring our beautiful Planet!

Designing a Logo for your School Project is really easy!


That's right. You've read it correctly. I actually said that its easy to design a professional looking logo for every school project or even for those special events you're holding.

Don't believe what I say: Simply have a look at the video below and see just how quick and easy it is using nothing but Google Tools! If you have a Google account (educational or Private) you have access to these same tools! Not only are you creating a good looking logo, you are creating a vector based image, which if you understand what vector images are is easily scaled up for crisp clean and clear printing.

The tools used are:

-Google Drawings, Google Drawings, a little bit of Google Drawings...

and.... oh yes! Some more Google Drawings!

Have fun exploring this Powerful yet UNDERVALUED and UNDERUSED Tool!

As an added bonus I would love for us to show off some of our own Logo's created in Google Drawings. If you and/or your students are brave and confident enough to do so Simply add your image to the following Padlet*:

Made with Padlet
*Padlet is an Online 'wall' or 'notice board' which allows you to easily collaborate and share ideas (oh, and it's FREE)

Monday, 24 April 2017

Get a Professional Signature for your mail Today!


We've all received email that looked dull, plain or even Unprofessional. Not only does it reflect a lack of technical know-how or the motivation to create a unique email identity it also isn't very appealing to read.
The main reason you should consider getting a professional signature is to further develop your own personal branding.

People will link the signature to a style, it encourages reader responses and overall is a great eye-catcher for your audience, parents, students and/or colleagues.

But how do you go about creating such a signature?
Well, there are a growing number of different services out there that will provide you with easy to use templates and signatures. But it could be as easy as going into the settings and adding a personalized signature containing information relevant to the reader such as Social Media profiles, website and/or position. 

For Teachers this could be: 

First Name, Last Name
School Name, Position or Class

Image result for sent from iphone
School Address and/or website (Note: Only if it’s relevant)

I can not begin to count the number of time I've receive an email which says 'Sent from my iPhone' at the end of the message.

It is important to remember that a Good email Signature need to be both Attractive AND Informative.

The way most professional Signatures are created is by using Html and in particular tables within Html. Don't worry. If you do not know html I will link to some all in one services below that will allow you to create these signature with simple drag-and-drop interfaces or menu's.

In the embedded video I walk you through one such service and show you how easy it is to create a signature that is both visually appealing and easy to use or implement.

The service I used in the video is called NewOldStamp and has both a Premium offering AND a FREE option available.



Some other ways you could go about creating a signature is finding a responsive html signature(Very Basic Understanding of Html needed) such as here: Link and change the html were appropriate!

My personal favourite, as you might have guessed from using it in the video, is NewOldStamp as it is easy to use and user friendly, it allows you to change and adapt the signature with just a few clicks.


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Link to NewOldStamp