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.

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).

Focused Browsing Through Hapara

Giving a quiz you created in a Google Form? Want to push out an article for students to read for 15 minutes? Use Focused Browsing through your teacher dashboard in Hapara!

All of our Hapara tutorials can be found here on the Hoonuit site (must be logged in; see my email from July 27 for details), or on the last slide of my Hapra Lunch & Learn training session here.

This website gives a detailed look at how to use Focused Browsing with a Google form (quiz) – check out the site for lots of info, or the video for a quick how-to. And as always, schedule an appointment with me if you’d like more help!

 

Flipgrid – Fast & Fun!

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Flipgrid is a super-fast way to get student reactions using just a quick online code and a Chromebook! If you look here, you’ll see that I asked my journalism class for a reaction to an article we’re reading, and they gave me a 30-second (or under) response. The whole thing, from set up to execution, took under 10 minutes. And it’s free!