Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Random Name Picker

Here's another tip I liked while I was watching Tony Vincent's periscope. You can create a random name picker with You can also have the options of having your students automatically divided into groups or getting a random seating chart.
Here is a summary of the steps you should follow to make your own name picker adapted from

  • Make a copy of the template provided by The link to the template is here: Edit the names and label your class by changing the name of the worksheet at the bottom.
  • Publish your spreadsheet to the web.
  • Get your link at the bottom
  • Bookmark your link. Make use of the options provided at the top bar.

Here's the link to the Name Picker I created for one of my classes MY RANDOM NAME PICKER.

Animating an image with google slides

Yesterday I stumbled upon one of Tony Vincent's periscopes on twitter. I was impressed by one of the presenters, Kasey Bell, who explained how you can create animation using google slides. I had read about this hack somewhere else as well, but yesterday I consolidated the way you can achieve this effect. And as the title of my blog suggests it is designed for my tech notes; thus, I would like to post this tip here so that I can remember it in the future!
To start with, I inserted a free creative commons image on a google slide and a butterfly png (an image without a background). Then I duplicated the slide (Ctrl+D) and I dragged the butterfly a little farther than its original position. I duplicated the new slide and moved the butterfly a little bit again. I followed the same process creating eight slides - I absolutely believe the result will be much better if you create more slides, though! After this, I published the google slides (File- Publish to the web). I changed the auto-advance slides to 'every second' both for the link and the embed code options and here I embed the result:

Monday, 10 July 2017

A Summary of my 2016-17 etwinning project