So, picasa web albums are no more. You now need to put all of your photos in Google+. That's ok, it's a nice interface integrates with posts on Google+ etc but how can you embed these albums on your cloudsite?
It's not possible in Google+ BUT all of your albums are still available on Picasa page.
If you navigate to this URL you will see all of your Google+ albums. From here you can select your albums and choose the “link to this album” option in the right hand menu. Here you will see the “Embed Slideshow” option that will provide for you an embed code. The resulting embed code can then be pasted into the HTML editor of your post or page.
At the end of a training session I was chatting with one of the teachers we work with and we ended up talking about the chrome extensions we use. I thought it would be a good idea to share the ones I like here. Perhaps you could send a comment with the extensions you like?
1. Watchdoc - Notifies you if your Google Docs change.
2. Hangouts - Brings hangouts and notifications to your desktop
3. Send from Gmail - Makes it easy to share webpages with others via email
4. Daum Equation Editor - Great Maths Equations editor for Google Drive
5. Kiazena (Voice Comments) - leave verbal feedback on Google Docs
5. IE tab Classic - for those old webpages that only open in Internet Explorer
For more apps check out the chrome webstore
Over the last few weeks we've been sending out a series of short videos to 'prospective' realsmart schools. We looked at the top 5 things schools wanted to do in their VLE/learning platform (source: the realsmart pre-demo question responses) and made a quick video to show how we can do it easily in realsmartcloud. We thought this would be interesting for current realsmart schools to see and possibly a useful resource to aid internal marketing and help drive usage up.
If there is anything else you'd like to see or that would be useful to help you market realsmart in your school then please let us know.
We thought that this may be a useful and very cost effective service for realsmart schools. Especially at just £50!!
Everyone uses websites + Everyone talks about schools.
The new release of smartstuff now pulls content from your Google Drive making it really easy to add into your learning portfolio.
We are continually developing the integration between realsmartcloud and Google Apps and we are very excited about the latest release of our smart file management tool ‘smartstuff’.
As of right now all users in your school can edit, insert, embed and download items located in Google Drive through the smartstuff repository. This means that if you want to add any file from Drive to a learning portfolio item then it can be done in a single click from within smartstuff!
Introducing 'Bossanova' – a new WordPress theme available for all our realsmartcloud schools.
We've been very busy over the Summer getting some awesome new features ready for our schools! This new theme is just one treat we'll be rolling out for the Autumn term. Bossanova is a 100% new theme built in-house here at realsmart.
We have been asked a few times how we make our tutorial videos, we all use a variety of different tools. Here a few:
Snagit is a computer application that records pictures and videos from your desktop that you can save and upload to the web via the screencast service or YouTube. Education pricing can be found here http://shop.techsmith.com/store/techsmit/en_GB/list/categoryID.33182800/
We also use jing, it's a very light free application made by the same people as Snagit so it's basically a stripped down version of the above. http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
If we are creating videos that require lots of editing, text, different clips etc we use a Mac only programme called Screenflow - http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/ it's £69.99 in the mac app store. Screenflow is very powerful and worth every penny if you want to produce high quality videos.
For a completely free web based application with single sign on from your Google Apps account use Screenr http://www.screenr.com/ It requires a java download that your network team may need to enable for you.
Finally? Have you heard of Google Hangouts? It's the Google video conferencing application powered by Google+ you can read this post to find out more. Hangouts on Air stream direct to YouTube, you can also screenshare documents and your desktop in the hangouts.
Flipped lessons? Tutorials for new technology? Screencasting rocks!
Our latest update to the realsmart feedback system makes it even easier to provide quality feedback on evidence of learning.
We have responded to user feedback that the old pop up comment window in realsmart made it difficult to see what you were critiquing. Our new inline comment editor allows you to comment and give feedback on realsmart items without leaving the page.
This also improves the user experience on mobile devices like iPads where it was difficult to scroll around the page.
This development will be available to all users very soon…