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How to embed a Youtube video in Powerpoint

April 11, 2011

As part of your project work in school, you may want to embed a Youtube video in Powerpoint. The following video shows you how to embed a video from Youtube in Powerpoint 2003.


The Power of Social Networking

October 28, 2010

Facebook, Twitter, Blogs,  MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare and many more. You can’t escape social media or social networking.

So what is Social Media?

Facebook is now the largest social media site with over 500 million users worldwide. These are the top countries on Facebook based on the number of users:

1) USA (142M)
2) Indonesia (29M)
3) UK (28M)
4) Turkey (23M)
5) France (19M)

MySpace this week revealed an all new look for their site. You can read about it here.

Twitter is now growing at a faster rate then Facebook and what do you think is the second biggest search engine in the world after Google?

Yahoo or Bing?

Answer: Youtube.

There will be more posts in the next few weeks on each of these social media sites and how you can make use of them.

Keep your passwords safe

September 24, 2010

This year you have a lot of passwords to remember – Moodle, Google Apps, ECDL eLearning etc.

Where should you keep a record of all your usernames and passwords?

The student journal is not the best place as you could lose it. One good solution is to store them online in a secure location – use Passpack.

Sign up for a free account with Passpack and you can securely store up to 100 passwords.

Go to

ECDL Certificates

May 22, 2009

Well done to all who have passed all seven ECDL exams in TY this year.

You will receive your ECDL Certificate when you return to school in September.

If you have any questions on ECDL, just send an email to mrhannon [at] geralds [dot] ie

Enjoy the summer holidays!

First Year ICT Survey

May 18, 2009

All students in First Year should complete the following online survey.

Click here to complete the questionnaire.

YouTube Channel

April 26, 2009

We now have our own YouTube channel.

I have uploaded some videos to the blog for ECDL Module 1 and on using your Google Apps account.

You can access the channel here or click on the YouTube logo in the right column.

Google Street View

March 29, 2009

google-street-view-carIf you see a black car with the Google logo in Ireland in the next few months, give a wave. This is the Google car used to capture images for Google Maps’ Street View.

Street View is Google’s online, interactive, panoramic street level photographic mapping system that is part of Google Maps.

The street car is now in Ireland taking images of Irish streets in five cities: Dublin, Cork, Limerick , Galway and Waterford. Google hope to have these cities on Street View within the next few months.

Street View has received a lot of media attention recently in the UK due to concerns over privacy. According to Google, their technology blurs out both faces and registration plates and people can also report details on Street View that are inappropriate.

So how useful is Google Maps’ Street View?

Tourists can use it to check a city they intend visiting, auctioneers could use it to sell houses and businesses are already using Google Maps on their websites to show their location. We use Google Maps on our school website.

See what cities and towns are currently available in Street View.

EC President Barroso receives the 9 millionth Skills Card

March 24, 2009

The following Youtube video shows the European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, receiving the 9 millionth ECDL Skills Card. Now all he has to do is pass all 7 exams to get his ECDL Certificate!

West Coast Racers through to the Final

March 23, 2009

Well done to the West Coast Racers team who are now through to the final of the F1 in Schools Competition.

West Coast Racers

Find out more about West Coast Racers and the F1 in Schools competition.

St. Gerald’s School Bank use Google Sites

January 29, 2009

Google SitesJust a reminder that you have the Google Sites feature as part of your Google Apps account. Since launching Google Apps in the school in late 2007, we now have over 350 students using the Google Apps service.

As well as the email account, calendar and Google Docs, don’t forget that you have Google Sites, which allows you to create your own website.

The School Bank team in Transition Year launched their new website today which was designed using Google Sites.

Take a look at their new website.

Find out are there any more sites created in St. Gerald’s using Google Sites.