Instant screencasting, instant sharing

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There are quite a few screencasting apps and extensions out there, but they have a learning curve that may be a turnoff. Loom is a simple-to-use Chrome extension that allows you to record your screen as you explain whatever you’re looking at. You can choose to be on camera in a little circle at the bottom of the page, or you can be invisible. Imagine how many uses there are for Loom in the classroom – to explain an assignment for your students, to ask questions about a document in your PLT, etc. etc. The finished product can either be shared as a link, or the video can be downloaded as a file to upload to YouTube or any other website. To read about two other screencasting apps, click here.

A touch-screen, shareable white board? Sign me up!

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A year ago, I couldn’t find an online touch-screen whiteboard for our math teachers to use in class, so this discovery is good news! Using the free version of AwwApp, people can draw, type, or add shapes to a whiteboard using their mouse or the touch screen – and they can invite collaborators to join in on their sketch. Once done, you can download it as a PDF or as an image file. The sketchboard will disappear after two hours with the free version – and you can’t upload any PDFs or images to draw on – but it seems like something that may be useful for all classes, not just math!

Looking for a video editor?

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YouTube is discontinuing its built-in video editor, but there are still ways for your students to create movies using their Chromebooks! Try Adobe Spark or WeVideo. If you want the more robust, premium version of WeVideo for your classes, let me know, and I will get you a class subscription! WeVideo integrates nicely with Google Classroom (see below).