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?
1. 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
We 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
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.
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!
“Screenr’s web-based screen recorder makes it a breeze to create and share your screencasts around the web.
Just click the record button, capture your screen & voice, and share…”
This is a stunning way to give students feedback on work enabling them to see what you are looking at when you respond.
I have always thought it was a shame I couldn't access our shared calendars on my iphone. There must be a solution?
Here it is;
Log in to your Google account then follow this link to choose the calendars you would like to sync to your iOS device.
It is a great idea to display a range of cloud apps on your sidebar. This helps to keep students and teachers using the same apps as each other and will therefore create a better support network for the apps.
When you try to use a cloud application, the majority of sites will require that you log in. Depending on what the site allows, you should go about this in different ways.
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!
Pixlr is another free online photo editor which is similar to Aviary. You can edit, adjust and filter your images. No registration is required so you can just jump right in!
Aviary is an easy-to-use, yet powerful photo editing application which gives users a fantastic utility to professionally edit photos through the web.