Make a screenshot…or a screencast!

noun_219154_ccI normally use Screencast-O-Matic to make screencasts (see the one I made on organizing your bookmarks bar in your Chrome browser, and there’s also a series on working with Google Docs – try this one about how to use voice comments with Google Docs!), but last week I branched out and tried Nimbus. With Nimbus, you can screenshot (the whole page? a portion of the page? whatever you want!), or you can make a quick screencast…either with sounds or without. I made the screencast from the last entry using Nimbus, just to practice…and it took me about five minutes to figure out.

Keep a running list of frequently-used comments


If you grade papers using Google Docs, keep a document of your most frequently-used comments open as you grade. You can cut and paste comments as you need them. Or you can do as I did – I shared this list of common writing errors with my students, and then referred to them by number in the comments.

If you’d like to look at your document with the paper you’re grading side by side, use a split screen extension.