Chrome Apps and Extension I Like

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?

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 10.00.591. 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
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How we make tutorials and screencasts

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 10.43.20We 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

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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.

p style=”text-align: left;”>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.

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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!

Happy screencasting

LinoIt!

LinoIt! is an online noticeboard where you can post stickies of text, images, videos, reminders and even downloadable files. All you need is a web browser. Once you get into the habit of using LinoIt! you’ll be the most organised person in school!

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