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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Upload videos to Youtube

Since its launch in 2005, YouTube has grown to be the most popular video sharing site in the world, attracting over 1 billion users a month.

You can view videos on YouTube without any login details, but you will need to have your own personal ‘channel’ to upload your own. This week we will explain how you can set this up.

Firstly, you will need to create a Google Account. Click ‘Sign in’ in the top right corner of YouTube, and then click ‘Create Account’. Enter some basic information and click ‘Back to YouTube’.

Next click ‘Create a Channel’, check the details and click ‘OK’.

To upload click the ‘Upload’ button at the top of the page, and select the video you would like to upload from your computer.

Then choose your videos privacy settings. Make it ‘Public’ if you are happy with anyone viewing it, ‘Private’ if you only want to share your video with users you select, or ‘Unlisted’ if you just don’t want it to be searchable on YouTube.

Name your video then click ‘Publish’ if it’s a public video, or ‘Done’ if private or unlisted, and ‘Share’ to send it.

Whether sharing a video of an event your business hosted that you would like to publicise or clips from a family holiday, YouTube could be the answer.

10k run for Cancer Research UK

On Saturday 21st June the team at JSPC Computer Services completed a 10k run to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Well done team!

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. They have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past 40 years. Every day in the UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer that will survive the disease for more than 10 years thanks to research.

This year, a number of people at JSPC have been or know someone that has been affected by cancer, so we wanted to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.

We are thrilled to announce that the JSPC team and their supporters have raised £2,410 so far. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported us and helped us to beat our fundraising target of £2,000.

It is still possible to donate so we can raise even more money for Cancer Research UK, just visit our donations page here: www.justgiving.com/jspc10k

JSPC at the ICT for Education Conference

On Friday 20th June the JSPC team exhibited at the ICT for Education National Conference in Brighton.

ICT for Education is the leading brand for helping teachers with their choice and use of ICT products and services. The National Conference at Brighton Racecourse featured a great line-up of expert speakers giving talks on ICT problems and solutions, as well as over 30 service providers.

There was a great attendance of over 260 delegates made up of teachers, head teachers and ICT coordinators from local schools. JSPC was one of the exhibitors, which gave us a great opportunity to talk to teachers and schools about their ICT challenges and the solutions we can provide.

Find out more about ICT for Education here: www.ictforeducation.co.uk

Spell Up Word Game

Google has released a new Chrome experiment called Spell Up, a spelling game where users interact by speaking to spell words. Google sought the advice of game designers and teachers to make the game both fun and educational, and it is designed to improve the player’s use of the English language.

Spell Up is a browser-based game that uses voice recognition technology. The game works best using Google Chrome but unfortunately on Chrome for iOS a player will need to type rather than talk.

Users can start at any level, and the aim is to build “towers” of words by spelling them correctly after the game has spoken the word to them. The higher the tower gets, the more difficult the word challenges become.

As the game develops, users are asked to pronounce words correctly, solve word jumbles, and guess mystery words. Players are further incentivised by the chance to earn bonuses and coins to level up faster. Why not give the game a try here:

If you find Spell Up helpful you could try Sight Words too. Sight Words is an app that helps students learn the most common words in children’s literature. The app is presented with fun videos; aiding in reading comprehension by helping learners to understand their meaning.

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What is YouTube?

YouTube is a video-sharing website, on which users can upload, view and share videos. You can find a huge array of video content on the site, including clips from film and TV, music videos and amateur content such as video blogging, short original films and educational videos. The site opened in 2005 and the first video was uploaded on April 23rd. Within a year, YouTube was receiving over 100 million page views per day. Today, it receives over three billion page views daily.

You don’t have to register to watch videos on the site but registration is free and allows you to upload an unlimited number of videos.

Some companies, groups and organisations have set up their own accounts on YouTube known as channels, which you can subscribe to. For example, you might want to subscribe to a particular music group’s channel, and in doing so you are subscribing to all the videos uploaded by that account. You can also like, dislike and leave comments about videos.

The way we all use social media sites such as YouTube is always changing so to keep up YouTube have recently made some changes to make it easier to find the video content you are looking for.

New features include making playlists so that you can collect videos to watch again and again. Playlists allow you to save all your favourite content in one place, such as your favourite TV clips, tutorials or sports highlights. You can easily create, edit and add to these playlists.

Sat Nav benefits…

Satellite navigation used to be something you would only find in expensive cars, but now with the availability of portable Sat Nav systems, more and more people are taking advantage of them.

If you haven’t already got a Sat Nav system, then here are a few reasons why you might consider investing in one of these intelligent little machines.

The most obvious reason for using a Sat Nav is to help you get to a particular destination. The Sat Nav gives clear directions and you can now even specify whether you want a quick or scenic route.

Note that you should not be speeding anyway, but Sat Navs can alert you of any approaching speed cameras and will tell you what the speed limit is for the road you are driving on.

If you are feeling hungry or running low on petrol on a journey, the Sat Nav can tell you where the nearest restaurants and petrol stations are as well as other amenities.

What’s more, some satellite navigation systems are fed live traffic broadcasts and can suggest routes to help you avoid congestion. The latest Sat Nav technology also doubles up as a hands-free phone and MP3 music player.

If you do decide to invest in a Sat Nav, just don’t forget to upgrade your data at least once a month to ensure you have the most up to date road information.