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Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Quick Tip for Better Webcam/ Skype Call Recordings

In my video workshop and in my blogging workshop I often talk about using simple webcam videos to post messages for students and or have students post video blog entries. One tip that I always share is to elevate your laptop to get your laptop's webcam to your eye level or slightly higher. When your laptop is elevated to your eye level it is easier to look into the camera instead of looking down at the screen. The added benefit of elevating your laptop is that people won't be looking up your nose when they watch your video.

The next time you're going to record a webcam video, record a Skype call, or record a Google+ Hangout, elevate your laptop's webcam to eye level and your videos will look better than ever.

70 Google Apps Video Tutorials

Over the last year I've expanded my efforts to create useful tutorial videos for teachers. One of the playlists I've focused on of late is my set of Google Apps tutorial videos. 70 videos are now in that playlist. In the playlist you will find tutorials on Google Sites, Blogger, YouTube tricks, Google Calendar settings, Google My Maps, Google Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets, and many other Google products. The playlist can be viewed here or you can view it as embedded below.

An Easy Way to Digitally Sign Documents

This evening I received an email from a friend who was looking for advice on how to sign and email a document without printing it because she didn't have a working printer at home. My suggestion was to use HelloSign. HelloSign makes it easy to sign PDFs and Word documents without having to print them. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use HelloSign in your web browser. HelloSign is also available as an Android and iOS app.


Applications for Education
In the course of the school year there are plenty of documents that we all have to sign for one reason or another. You could print those documents, sign them, then scan them. Or you could use HelloSign to sign them within your web browser and never have to print or scan them at all.