Friday, August 7, 2020

A Handy Tool for Picking Accessible Color Schemes


Earlier today I hosted a webinar about tools that teachers can use to improve the accessibility of the slides, documents, and videos that they create for their students. In that webinar I shared a simple tool that is quite helpful when trying to determine what color combinations you should use on your slides or documents. That tool is the Accessible Color Matrix hosted on Github. As you can see my demo video, the Accessible Color Matrix provides a quick and easy way to see which color combinations do and don't work from an accessibility standpoint.

What You Need to Know About the Latest Version of Flipgrid

Earlier this week Flipgrid published a slew of updates and had a big online event to hype it up showcase those new features. A lot of the updates were largely cosmetic. From what I've seen so far, nothing fundamentally changed with the way that Flipgrid works. What did change and is worth noting is some of the terminology that is now used in Flipgrid. In the following video I explained that change and a couple of other minor updates that you should be aware.

An Easy Way to Loop Videos in Google Slides

There are so many little "hidden" features in tools like Google Slides that even after more than a decade of using it I am still finding new things. One of those things that I stumbled upon earlier this week is an easy way to make videos play on a loop in a Google Slides presentation.

To make a video loop in Google Slides all you have to do is present your slides then right-click on the video. When you right-click on it you'll be able to choose an option to loop the video. Watch my short video to see how it's done.


Applications for Education
Playing a video on a loop in a slide could be useful when you want to play a video to use as a welcome announcement in a virtual meeting or in a physical meeting as students are slowly joining in.