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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Create Screencast Videos on Chromebooks - Three Good Options

One of the best ways to show your students or colleagues how to use a new web tool is to give them a short video to watch. The benefit of creating and sharing a screencast is that your students or colleagues can watch your tutorial as many times as they need to. If you're a Chromebook user, there are three good options available to you. I've used all three of the following screencast tools on my Chromebooks over the years.

Nimbus Screenshot:
Nimbus Screenshot is my favorite tool on this list because of its ease of installation and it is the only tool on this list that provided a customizable countdown timer. I like the countdown timer because it gives me a few seconds to prepare to start talking over my screencast. The other tools just started recording the second that I hit the record button. Nimbus Screenshot was also the easiest to install and configure on my Chromebook.

Screencasts recorded with Nimbus Screenshot can be saved to your local drive or to an online Nimbus account. I chose to save to my local drive then upload to my YouTube channel. You could also save to your local drive then share to Google Drive or another online storage service.

Take a look at the video I created with Nimbus Screenshot.


CaptureCast:
CaptureCast is the tool that I featured in a post last week. I put it on the same level as Snagit. CaptureCast was rather easy to install. Your recording length is unlimited. You can record your webcam while recording your screen which you cannot do with the Nimbus tool or Snagit. Set-up of CaptureCast is easy too. For folks who don't want to use YouTube to share recordings, CaptureCast lets you share directly to a Vimeo account. See my CaptureCast sample in this post.


Screencastify:
Screencastify might have the most name recognition in this list, but I like it the least of the four tools in this list. In fact, it's definitely the last one that I'd recommend to new Chromebook users. The set-up process asks a lot questions that could confuse new users. The free version limits recordings to ten minutes and puts a watermark on the recording. I was also not impressed with quality of the video recording. See my Screencastify sample to see the watermark and recording quality.


At the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp we'll look at lots of tips and tricks for teaching with Chromebooks. Early registration discounts are available now.


Spring Forward! - Lessons on Daylight Saving Time

Most of us in North America moved our clocks forward by one hour last night or this morning. In doing so we will feel like or may actually have lost an hour of sleep. This is what happens every year when you live in a place that uses Daylight Saving Time. Your students may come to class on Monday morning complaining about their lost hour of sleep and be wondering about the reasons for Daylight Saving Time. The following videos offer concise explanations of Daylight Saving Time.




Storyboard That Introduces Birthday Card Templates

Storyboard That turned five years old last week. To mark the occasion they published new birthday card templates. The birthday card templates work just like the other greeting card templates that you can find within Storyboard That. To create a card students first need to create a three frame story which they can then convert into a card using one of the many birthday card templates.

Watch my video embedded below to learn how to create greeting cards on Storyboard That.


Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com