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Capture your Screen with Snagit

I will preface this by saying that I love Snagit!  I have been using it to create quick how-to videos when someone has a question that is answered more easily with a visual walkthrough, as opposed to an email or conversation.  I also use it to create help documents because I can easily take a snap shot of what a menu looks like or what to click on.  This is much easier for people to follow than text alone.

So what is it?

Snagit for Google Chrome is an extension that allows you to take a screenshot or screencast from within your browser.  The screen capture tool allows you to take a snapshot of all or a region of your screen and annotate it with text, arrows, and shapes.  The screen recording tool allows you to record and narrate a video of the activity within your chrome browser.  These are great tools for showing “how-to” or having students explain their thinking.  Here’s a quick overview:

Is there something that you need to show students multiple times for them to understand it?  Create a screen recording that students can refer back to as many times as they need.  Post it to your class website, Google classroom, or share it with students so it is available right within their drive accounts.  Your screen captures and recordings save directly into your Google Drive into a folder called TechSmith, so they can be shared in the same way as any other file; with a few people or an entire class.

Want to learn more?  Here’s an overview:

Snagit for Chrome Extension Overview

And a quick tutorial video (the look of the app is updated slightly, but features are the same):

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Google Tool Thursday

google appsApps, extensions, add-ons, yikes!

There are so many Google tools to choose from – where do I even begin?

Just like adding apps to your smart phone, there are a ton of options – some great, some not so much.  How do you decide what to use?

I can help with that!  Each Thursday, I will highlight a Google tool that you might find useful.  When you see something that looks interesting, give it a try!

Here’s a quick rundown of the different types of Google tools:

What are Google Chrome Extensions?

Extensions add on to your Google Chrome browser and provide additional functionality.   They are designed to make tasks easier, more visible, more interesting and save you time!

How do I add extensions?

For extensions to save, you have to log in the the Chrome browser.  Click here for help on logging in. The login button is in the upper right-hand corner and will either have your name or will be a person icon. Extensions can be added from the Chrome Web Storehere’s how.

What are Google Apps?

Google Apps are simply web applications.  The basic ones are Docs, Sheets, Slides, Mail, and Calendar, but there are many more that you can add into your Google drive.  Just like the apps you add to your phone, these are created by all different companies.

How do I add Google Apps?

You add apps directly to Google Drive.  Check out this tutorial for step by step directions.

What are Google Add-ons?

Add-ons are tools built by third-party developers for Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms.  They add additional functionality that isn’t built into those apps.

How do I install add-ons?

Add-ons are app specific (some are for docs, others are for sheets), and you add them from the menu of an open doc or sheet.  Take a look at this help documentation for step by step instructions.

There’s the run-down!  Watch for a featured tool next Thursday!