Free Technology for Teachers: Mailbag

Free Technology for Teachers: Mailbag

I routinely invite visitors of Totally free Know-how for Instructors and subscribers to my e-newsletter to mail me thoughts. Lots of of the concerns that I get are quite identical and in my lane, but just about every as soon as in a though I get some that are a tiny various. Here is a smattering of concerns that I’ve received this summer and the responses that I have presented. I hope you uncover the questions and my answers beneficial.

#1 – My university has Chromebooks and we have often utilized Screencastify for making films. Now that Chromebooks have a created-in screencast instrument is there any explanation to hold Screencastify?

As I compose this, I really don’t assume the screencasting resource that is constructed into Chromebooks is really up to the level of Screencastify (or Loom for that subject). I wrote about this in additional depth in June, but in limited, the Chrome screencast device just won’t have sufficient editing selections for my liking. 

#2 – My new university district is all-Google Workspace and they don’t want us employing Flipgrid simply because they have some privateness issues. I utilised it a ton at my old school and beloved it. Do you have any ideas for choices that I could use? 

Which is a bummer about your school not wanting you to use Flip (the new title for Flipgrid). I’m not positive I comprehend their stance on Flip privacy. Nevertheless, here’s what I’d do. I would use Padlet to make a Flip-like surroundings. You and your students can use the camera operate in the notes on a Padlet to record films. As a trainer you can reasonable online video submissions and you can disable comments if you like. Here is a tutorial on recording videos in Padlet

#3 – I’d like to have my pupils create “about me” video clips to commence the calendar year. Do you have any recommendations on the finest software for doing one thing like that?

I’m not completely absolutely sure what you have in head for the concluded product or service, but I am guessing you want the vides to be fairly brief. I might use Canva to have college students develop a few slides about themselves then change people slides into a online video. This is a brief demo of how that performs. 

https://www.youtube.com/enjoy?v=JFRZA2Hr85g