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What’s New in Google Apps newsletter – May 2016

This newsletter provides a roundup of all the new features added to Google Apps from May 2016. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xw4be6Yw6E79jb6PC5XSx_I68dGAp56ChyRkfZ3cOGc/preview?pref=2&pli=1

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The new Google Slides Q&A feature is getting a lot of interest: jump into Presenter mode from any slide, and you can create a simple web page, with a short URL, that your audience can visit to:

  • see the questions others are asking
  • vote others’ questions up or down with simple thumbs up/down icons
  • ask their own questions – anonymously if they wish

Find out more here.

 

‘Discovering Digital World’ Roadshow for s1-s3 pupils

Students in your region are invited to join us this spring for the “Discovering Digital World” roadshow series. An innovative event, FREE to attend for students in S1 – S3, produced by Young Scot in association with My World of Work.

The roadshows will showcase the exciting possibilities of a career in digital technology through hands on workshops and more. We will be welcoming groups of 15 or 30 students for registration and a travel contribution/ discount will be made available.

*Full programme details to be announced soon.*

This won’t be a regular run-of-the-mill careers fair, it will be an opportunity for students to get hands on with workshops, masterclasses and engaging demonstrations testing out products and dabbling in coding, designing and developing. Students will meet a whole range of employers and find out routes in to the industry, including career choices and opportunities. Students will find out just how rewarding a career in digital and tech is, with job earnings regularly above the national average.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-digital-world-tickets-20140391453

The invitation to attend is open to all students S1 – S3 and we would like to reach out to teachers to register, the event may be most suitable for students studying:

• Computing
• Computer Science
• Art & Design
• Media Studies
• Business Education
• Any STEM subject

Morning and afternoon sessions are open on the following dates:

• Aberdeen: 29/02
• Dundee: 03/03
• Oban: 11/03
• Inverness: 14/03
• Dumfries: 22/03
Edinburgh: 19/04
• Galashiels: 22/04
• Glasgow: 26/04

If you know of schools that aren’t able to make it along for one of the events – don’t worry, there’ll be other ways to get involved! We will be filming the events, hosting a live-streaming session and hosting Q&A sessions with employers on social media.

Full details for schools to register can be found here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-digital-world-tickets-20140391453

Or for any questions about any aspects of the project please contact:
Sean Scott / Programme Co-ordinator at – seans@young.scot

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

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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.