Yesterday was International Dot Day. I love Dot Days. Our last effort was using the iPads. I love the concept of schools all over the world being joined together through sharing children’s art work.
As we were learning how to use Google Drawings better I thought I would have my boys draw their dots in Drawings. I wanted to show them our effort from previous years but to my horror I found out Photopeach is now blocked at school because we have recently moved to using N4L (Network for Learning). I don’t know how to get the fabulous Photopeach Slideshow Maker unblocked so I could use it to show previous dots and share this year’s dots.
And with a bit of help from N4L Photopeach is now unblocked at school. I rang them on 0800LEARNING http://www.n4l.co.nz/contact/ and it was sorted lickety split.
So I had to find another way and You Tube isn’t blocked. You Tube Slideshow Creator! To get there just go to your YouTube Upload Page.
Here is a video that shows you how to do it.
You upload your photos en masse, select a sound track and Boom. Job done. Slideshow on blog!
In cased you missed it Anaru White and I were recently recorded chatting about our use of Google Apps for Education in schools.
The series of three short podcasts are now live on the CORE website along with lots of other interesting conversations.
If you would like a direct link to the podcasts you can listen on Soundcloud.
Today we were learning how to make Google Drawings and layering them with transparent png images. We were going to ‘TOOLS- Research- Images- Free to use’ to find our images.
We used ‘taniwha png’ as the search term so we would get images with transparent backgrounds.
We found our background image and layered it and went to ARRANGE – send to back, to made sure it was at the back. Then we went and got the taniwha image and put it over top. The Taniwha of the Mawhera caves lives on!
Then we took it a step further. We made an animation in Google Slides of the taniwha swimming up the river. The original image I used for the taniwha was black and it didn’t show up very well against the dark background so when I got home I imported it to Pixlr Editor (Chrome Web App) and changed the colour to white so it would show up.
Instructions for how to make transparent images and change the colour with Pixlr Editor are linked here.
To make the animation we made our first slide with the Taniwha on it, duplicated the slide and moved the taniwha image slightly, duplicated (Command + D or CTRL +D) and ever so slightly moved the taniwha again, repeating it. Then we just scrolled through the slides really fast and the taniwha swum up the river. Try it it’s lots of fun.
Kids will have a ball!!
You can also take it a step further by embedding the presentation into a blog or Google Site. All you have to do is publish it to the web and change the timings a little…..
Go to FILE- PUBLISH TO WEB and change the size to small and tick the box that says ‘Start slideshow as soon as the player loads’.
Take the embed code and copy it to where you want the presentation to load and change the timing. For where it says 3000 change it to something like 300. And publish.
So this way the animation will play without having to tap away to progress the slides.
I have been busy lately learning and studying for the Google Educator Exams. The deal is that you have 90 days to sit four compulsory exams: Gmail, Google Calendar, Sites & Drive and a choice of either Chrome or Chromebooks. I chose Chrome.
Last Friday night I felt inspired and took the last exam and got a Google Educator Certificate to add to the portfolio!
As Google is still rolling out the new Google Drive and the exams are more aimed at the old Drive I decided to not to move to the new interface until I had passed them all and got the certificate so I have only been playing around in the new Drive for a week.
I must say I am loving it but you get used to old ways of doing things and some things are in different places and they take a bit of getting used to.
Alice Keeler has been tweeting some good little tutorials that help with the new interface and I have listed some on my Google Site.
I was asked this week how to copy files in to multiple folders in the new Drive and it was a bit tricky to explain with screen grabs so I made a couple of screen recordings to show what Jon Keelty and Monika Kern were trying to tell me to do. Or at least this is what I thought they were trying to share with me!
The Drag and Drop Method!
The Move To Method!