Thursday, August 16, 2012

Offer Tech Help via Chrome Remote Desktop

Today, I spent some time in a Chromebook lab. That experience reminded me of a potentially helpful Chrome app called Chrome Remote Desktop. Using the Chrome Remote Desktop App (still in beta) you can grant access to your computer to another person who also has the Chrome Remote Desktop App installed.

If you want to share your desktop just click "share now" and Chrome Remote Desktop will generate an access code to give to the person who will access your computer.

To access and control another person's computer you just need to enter the access code that they provide to you.

Applications for Education
The Chrome Remote Desktop app could be very helpful in aiding teachers and students when they get stuck trying to accomplish a task on their computers.

Szoter - Annotate Pictures and Take Screenshots

Szoter is a free online tool for annotating images that are stored on your computer. You can also use Szoter to capture and annotate screenshots.

You can use Szoter on the web or download the Adobe Air version of it to run on your desktop. Either way you can upload images, draw on those images, and type on those images. When you're done annotating and drawing on your images you can save them to your local computer or share them online through your favorite social networks. Szoter can also be used to capture your screen and create annotated screen captures. The video below provides a demonstration of Szoter. screencast from szoter on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
Szoter could be a great service to use when you need to create directions on how to use a new website or software. You could also have students use Szoter to create annotated images that they then arrange in sequence to tell a story.

A Real-time Flight Simulator

Flight Radar 24 uses Google Maps and real-time flight data to create an online flight simulator. To virtually fly along with a flight on Flight Radar 24 just select a plane icon on the map then select "aircraft view" below the flight information in the left hand margin.

Applications for Education
I'm not a math teacher by any stretch of the imagination, but I think that one way to use Flight Radar 24 would be to have students take on the role of "virtual air traffic controller." Assign or have your students select ten or so flights to manage to arrive at a location like Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Airport. To coordinate the flights your students will have to account for distance from the airport, air speed of the planes, and current cruising altitude of each plane.

H/T to Google Maps Mania

A Quick Start Guide for Using YouTube's Editing Tools

This afternoon I'm running a short workshop on using the video editing tools built into YouTube. Below you should see the basic directions for the three topics I'll be covering.