Showing posts with label Chrome Experiments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chrome Experiments. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spell Up - A Fun Way to Learn to Spell in Chrome

Spell Up is a fun new Google Chrome experiment. Spell Up is a game in which you hear a prompt to spell a word then have to speak into your laptop or Chromebook to see the word spelled on your screen. If you spell the word correctly it stays on the screen where it becomes part of a tower of words. If you spell a word incorrectly, it will fall off the screen and you will be prompted to try again (you can skip a word after a few tries). Learn more about Spell Up in the video below.

Applications for Education
Spell Up could be a fun way for students to practice spelling new words. In my test of the game I had to articulate my letters very carefully or my words were not recognized as being spelled correctly. For example, "b" and "p" were difficult in my testing and knowing myself I'm sure that Spell Up would have difficulty with my "f" and "s" sounds. In that regard Spell Up could be good for helping students practice correcly articulating their sounds.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ScreenCastify - A Screencasting Option That Works on Chromebooks

ScreenCastify was the star of my Google+ feed yesterday. It seemed like everyone was talking about this new Chrome tool that allows you to create screencast videos in your browser even on a Chromebook. With ScreenCastify installed in Chrome you can record everything happening in a tab in your browser. Voiceovers are supported and a pointer is included by default. Completed recordings can be saved to your computer or uploaded directly to YouTube.

There are a few things to note about ScreenCastify before you get too excited about it. First, your Chromebook and or Chrome browser must be up to date (that shouldn't be a problem in most cases) as Chrome version 32 or higher is required. Second, while recording the desktop is an option it is an experimental option and may not work as you hope it will. Third, your microphone is turned off by default so you will have grant ScreenCastify access to your computer in order to record a voiceover.

Applications for Education
ScreenCastify could be the screencasting tool that users of Chromebooks have been waiting for for a long time. As a teacher you can use ScreenCastify to create short video lessons. You can have students use ScreenCastify to create tech help videos for classmates, parents, and teachers. Having students do that is a good way for them to practice giving clear directions.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Peanut Gallery - Add Your Own Words to Silent Films

Just a few minutes ago on the Official Google Blog a new Chrome experiment was released. The new experiment is called The Peanut Gallery. On The Peanut Gallery you can add your own words to silent film clips by simply speaking into your computer. When you speak into your computer your words are turned into text and displayed in the film clip. Watch the video below for a demonstration.


Applications for Education
The Peanut Gallery could be a fun place for students to experiment with storytelling. The silent film clips provide the visual prompts for students to fill-in with their own little stories. It's kind of like a visual Mad Libs activity.