All posts by David Gilmour

Learning Technologist East Lothian Council

The Scottish BBC Micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition

Get your school ready to take part
Pre-register with your local race HUB through http://www.microbitmodelrocketcar.co.uk
To receive your allocation of 5 free rocket car kits for your participating teams attend your Competition briefing held at your Race HUB on 3rd and 4th May at 3.30pm. Open Race days at your HUB in the week of the 30th May. National
Finals on the 9th June 2016

Details poster: save the date for the scottish Microbit Model rocket car competition (PDF,  1 page, 1.6MB)

Live on Glow – #askTheFM: A Conversation with the First Minister

 

This Glow event, announced today on the Glow Connect site, offers a live Glow link. Please get in touch if you’d like your class to join, so that we can make sure everything is in place in good time.

Young people from across Scotland are being invited to a conversation with First Minister of Scotland.

A live event will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Monday 21st MaSmall-Conversation-with-FM-300x123rch at 11am, as part of the Scottish Government’s ongoing work to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of decisions which affect them and their education.

This event follows initial work undertaken last year that saw over 100 children and young people from across Scotland sharing their experiences of education and ideas for the future at a scoping event in Edinburgh and Summits held in Inverness and Oban.

Young people aged 16 and 17 attending this summit will hear a brief opening from the First Minister, before having the opportunity to put questions to Ms Sturgeon in an open question and answer session. You can join us live in Glow and ask your questions via Twitter on #askTheFM.

Full details and sign-up link are here: http://connect.glowscotland.org.uk/2016/03/17/a-conversation-with-the-first-minister/

 

Have You Tried YouTube’s Slideshow Creator?

YouTube’s for sharing videos, right? So that big Upload button in my YouTube account will be for uploading video files. What else could it be for?

unnamedThe surprising answer is that it’s now a place we can go to not just upload videos we’ve already made, but upload images and use them to create new video slideshows.  And those slideshows seem to be much more accessible, displaying on mobile phones and tablets, including Apple ones, when PhotoPeach’s Flash-based slideshows don’t work.  If you’ve used PhotoPeach, you’ll find the process is very similar:

  • upload your images
  • arrange them as required
  • add music if you want
  • tweak timing, slide effect and transition as required – your changes preview immediately
  • upload the video you’ve made

If you’d like to go further, you can use the YouTube Video Editor, accessed in the same place, to edit your slideshow videos in a simple editor that’s very similar to MovieMaker.

Embedding YouTube videos in your WordPress site is just a matter of pasting the video URL (web page address) into the blog post where you want it to appear. All going well, you’ll see the embedded video in the editor, but this may depend on your browser.

Here’s an example:

More information: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1696878?hl=en-GB

 

eduBuzz WordPress Sites: Comments Temporarily Closed

NO COMMENT?

The ability to leave comments on eduBuzz sites has been temporarily disabled by our hosting company, DXW, to protect against a WordPress security vulnerability identified at the weekend, details below. One of the benefits of using such a popular application is that bugs are quickly identified and addressed, but it does also mean, as with any other popular software on the internet, that there are many malicious people who seek to exploit them. DXW are doing absolutely the right thing here, and experience tells us that the security vulnerability will be quickly fixed.

Due to a critical security vulnerability announced on Sunday evening, we have disabled commenting on all dxw-hosted sites.

At 2100 on Sunday 26th April, a flaw in the way WordPress handles comments was published. This flaw could allow an attacker to inject HTML and Javascript into the pages of your website.

In so doing, they would be able to entirely take over your website, adding or removing any content and taking any action that an administrator is able to complete through the admin area.

Due to the seriousness of this flaw we have disabled commenting across the GovPress platform pending a patch from WordPress. We expect that a patch will be released quickly and we will deploy it as soon as possible.

We have also posted this security alert on the dxw blog, and will make further updates there. If you have any questions not covered by the blog post, please reply to this alert to create a ticket.