Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How add Text Effects to your Word documents

Text effects are a way to elevate your text.  I made this short video for my students as a reference and wanted to share in case it could be useful to you or your students.

Friday, April 10, 2020

How to use Screencastify for free screen recording

Screencastify is a Chrome extension (meaning that it only works on in the Chrome browser) that allows you to record what is happening on your computer screen.  While there are a number of other screen recording tools that you can use, this one is my favorite.  Let's take a look at its features:

  • you can record a browser tab, your whole screen or just your webcam
  • you can add your webcam into a browser tab or whole screen recording
  • it can record offline!
  • drawing tools to annotate
  • spotlight tool to call attention to something
  • highlights your mouse clicks
  • recordings save in Google Drive
  • option to upload directly to Google Classroom or YouTube
  • export recording as an MP4 (video file) or an animated GIF
  • basic video editor
As I mentioned earlier, this tool is free, but there is a limit of 5 minutes per video.  If you want the ability to record longer videos the paid version is $29 per year.  In addition to the extended recording time the paid version also give you additional editing features. 

It's honestly a very easy program to use and I think you can figure it out by just playing around with it (that's what I recommend for most things), but they do have some training resources that you check out as well.  Plus you can earn a fun badge and certificate if you take the whole training courses. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Quizlet Teacher is available for Free through June, 30, 2020

During the current outbreak of COVID-19, Quizlet’s goal is to support teachers and students in all impacted areas. To help with remote teaching and student engagement while schools are closed, they are providing free access to Quizlet Teacher through June 30, 2020.

Quizlet Teacher includes Class Progress, a formative assessment tool that can help track students' progress. You'll also get access to advanced content creation tools, such as diagrams and audio, which enable you to create custom study materials for your class.

For more information on how to create better, more dynamic sets or use Class Progress, check out our Help Center.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

How to Distribute a Page in OneNote

Below is a quick video on how to distribute a page in Microsoft OneNote.  Let me know if there are any other tips your need a quick video on.  You can check out my whole playlist of Microsoft Tutorials or my channel of EdTech Videos.