Category Archives: Tools

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

 

Earn £20 trying out the new ‘Magic Cloud’ ICT toy

The Magic Cloud is a soft (cloud shaped) cushion that you plug into a computer (USB). When small tags are placed on or near the Cloud, the computer detects them and plays digital media you have chosen e.g. a picture or video recording.  By sticking the tags on an object of your choice, you can link any object to any media on the computer e.g. a clay model linked to a child talking about it.  The software has been designed for children as young as 4 years to author independently. 

Andrew Manches (co-director PlingToys) is looking for P1 to P3 teachers to take part in a focus group to create ‘activity suggestions’ for using the Magic Cloud across the curriculum.  He can offer £20 per teacher for an hour session, which will be held in an informal venue. In the session, participants will play with the Magic Cloud and Andrew will ask for your ideas on how is might be used to address CfE objectives. Whilst the tool emphasises creativity, feedback from teachers has been for specific curriculum activity suggestions.

 If you are interested please email andrew@plingtoys.com. He will then email you with a list of possible times (evenings) for the focus group. As well as the £20, he  hopes this offers an interesting opportunity to play with a new form of digital technology (Near Field Communication / RFID).

 

 

 

 

 

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Working round missing keys with the On-Screen Keyboard

All school computers have a built-in on-screen keyboard which can help users work around any missing keys.

The On-Screen Keyboard is usually found at Start > Programs > Accessibility > On-Screen Keyboard.

If you’re using it a lot, you can make it easier to find by dragging the On-Screen Keyboard to the Taskbar, next to the Start button, to create a shortcut.

This is very much a temporary work-around. Any laptops with missing keys should be reported to the IT Helpdesk for repair as soon as possible.

Glow and Internet Explorer 9: using Compatibility View

If you’re using a PC that’s been upgraded to use Internet Explorer 9, you might find that some web pages don’t look and work as you’d expect.

This can be because the page has been designed for an older version of Internet Explorer. We’re seeing examples of this cropping up with some Glow pages. The good news is that it’s usually an easy thing to fix, using Internet Explorer 9’s “Compatibility View” button.

Here’s Microsoft’s advice:

Sometimes the website you’re visiting doesn’t look right. It shows up as a jumble of out-of-place menus, images, and text boxes. What’s going on? One possible explanation: The site might have been designed for an earlier version of Internet Explorer. If Internet Explorer recognizes that the webpage isn’t compatible, you’ll see the Compatibility View button on the Address bar. Try clicking it.

The Compatibility View button

 

 

In Compatibility View, websites will be displayed as if you were viewing them in a previous version of Internet Explorer, which will often correct display problems. You don’t need to click the button for a site after you’ve done it once—the next time you visit the site, Internet Explorer 9 will automatically show it in Compatibility View. (If you ever want to go back to browsing with Internet Explorer 9 on that site, just click the Compatibility View button again.)

Source: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/internet-explorer/products/ie-9/features/compatibility-view