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Fluco Toolbox: VideoNot.es

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever wanted your students to watch and video and take notes at the same time, on the same screen? Before, you had to make sure they had pencil and paper, or were competent in switching between the video tab and the notes tab. Not anymore!

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: VideoNot.es

First, the basics:

Name: VideoNot.es
URL: http://www.videonot.es
Cost: FREE
Problem this tool solves: Allows students to take notes on a video on the same screen as the video, tracking the time in the video where the note is taken, AND syncs the notes to Google Drive for later viewing.

VideoNot.es is a tool that allows users to take notes to a video, and the notes are timed with the video. If you’re a Google Drive user, you have an extra benefit – VideNot.es will save your notes directly to your Google Drive for later viewing. This tool works with videos from Coursera, Udacity, edX, Khan Academy, vimeo, and YouTube.

If you’re a G Suite school or a Google Drive user in general, first you’ll want to sign-in. VideoNot.es will request to connect to your account so that it is able to sync and save notes to your Drive. You’ll need to sign in each time, but after giving those first permissions, it’s just one click of a button and done.

Next, you’ll need to retrieve the URL of the video you wish to take notes on. Paste it into the box on the left side of the screen, and a smaller version of the video will appear. That’s it! Then you can easily take notes on the right side of the screen, and Videonot.es tracks the time in the video where you began to make the note. This makes it a handy reference to refer back to later on.

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Once finished, you can give your notes a title, export them to Evernote (if you’re a user), or save them directly to your Drive. If you have the sync button turned on, everything is saved for you automatically. You can also open previous notes as well. Would you like to share your notes with others? No problem. The share button makes that easy. It will load the same Share screen you see in Drive, and you can input the email addresses that you wish to share the notes with.

Resources

Need a visual? Check out this tutorial from YouTube:

 

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Fluco Toolbox: Pixabay

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever wanted to find free clipart and images for use that didn’t require credit or copyright permissions? Did you ever want to be able to find the images and clipart in various sizes?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: Pixabay

First, the basics:

Name: Pixabay
URL: http://www.pixabay.com
Cost: FREE
Problem this tool solves: Copyright-free clipart/images to utilize in documents, lessons, social media, and more.

Pixabay is a website that provides images and clipart free of copyright under Creative Commons CC0. The images can be used as one wishes, without having to give any attributions or credit.  Each image is offered in three different sizes for ease of use. An account is free to create for the site. The best reason to create an account is so that when you are logged in, you aren’t asked to always enter a captcha when downloading the larger image sizes.

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Pixabay’s homepage. The background image will be different each time the page is loaded.

Searching Pixabay is relatively simple. On the homepage, simply enter the search terms for the images that you are seeking. It is best to keep your terms simple, as results are based on how the artists and photographers have tagged the images.

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Here is an example of a search for “siamese cats”. At the time you’ll see ads for paid images. These have a watermark on them. Simply ignore them and scroll down to view the free images.

Once you find an image that you like, click on it. You’ll be shown the image in a larger size. There will also be information about the author, related images, and detailed technical information about the image itself. You can favorite the image, share it, and provide comments. A green “Free Download” button is visible to the right of the image. When this is clicked on, three different image sizes for download will become available.

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Here’s what your screen will look like once you’ve selected an image. Simply click the “Free Download” button to see the different size options.

Click any of the size options to download. Here is where the difference of having an account comes into play. If you don’t have an account, you will be able to download the small size without any captcha popping up, but anything larger will show a captcha that needs completed before the image can be downloaded. If you have an account, you can click any size and not have to worry about the captcha.

The image downloads to whatever you have set the default location to be on your computer. For many, this is the “Downloads” folder. Once you’ve got the image though, you’re set!

Resources

If you need some visual tutorials, check out these YouTube videos for guidance:

 

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Fluco Toolbox: ScanQR App

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever wanted your students to be able to scan QR codes for a classroom activity, but had no mobile tablet or smartphones?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: ScanQR

First, the basics:

Name: ScanQR
URL: App Link
Cost: FREE
Problem this tool solves: ScanQR allows students to use the webcam built into their Chromebooks to read QR codes.

ScanQR is a very simple app addition for the Chrome browser. If your students cannot bring in smartphones, or do not have them, ScanQR will utilize the webcam to read a QR code placed in front of it. It is downloaded from the Chrome Web Store. The webcam does have to be good enough to read the QR code, but with the Chromebooks in Fluvanna County, this should not be an issue.

When the app is launched, the webcam will automatically turn on. If it is your first time launching ScanQR, you may be asked to give the webcam permission to use the program. Your screen will have 2 red bars on it, like the ones in the image below:

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Then you only need to hold the QR code up to the screen, lining it up with the 2 red bars. You may have to move your code in and out so that the camera recognizes it. Once recognized, it will beep and change. In the next two images, you can see me holding an example of a code on my smartphone. In the image on the left, I have not lined it up with the bars just yet. In the image to the right, you can see that my screen has changed. I can now see the web address for this QR code, and have the option to copy the address or go to the URL. If the QR code simply shows text, then you would see the text instead of a web link.

ScanQR is a simple tool with a simple solution. There are no extra bells and whistles here. Give it a try and see!

Resources

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Fluco Toolbox: School Video Recorder for Google Drive

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever wanted to have your students record video on Chromebook, AND have it save directly to their Google Drive? Well now you can!

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: School Video Recorder for Google Drive.

First, the basics:

Name: School Video Recorder for Google Drive
URL: Link to Webstore
Cost: Free
Problem this tool solves: Record video with a Chromebook webcam and save it directly to Drive.

School Video Recorder for Google Drive was one of my favorite finds at the end of last year. There are already apps in the app store that record video, whether it’s via webcam or the screen itself. However, this particular app lets anyone record video from the webcam, and immediately have it upload to their Drive.

Of course, students will have to place the video in the correct folder once the video has fully uploaded itself. The app itself is very easy to use, and can be done with very young students. The app has a very simple screen setup, without any other distracting factors.

First, open the app. The screen will ask for a name for the recording. This is a good time to remind students to use a file name that will help them find the video later on.

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The next screen shows the webcam and an audio test. First time users may be asked to give the webcam and microphone permission to be used with the app. This screen gives a chance to test the audio and video feeds.

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The third screen is the recording screen. Simply click the red button to start recording, and then the blue button when finished and ready to upload to Google Drive.

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The final screen uploads the video to Google Drive. Keep the screen up until the yellow image turns green. Once it does, the video is uploaded to Google Drive. It may take a little time to compress in Drive before it can be opened, but once it has, the video is safe and sound and ready to play!

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Resources

Unfortunately, there are no online resources for this app. See your ITRT if you need assistance!

 

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Fluco Toolbox: PrintFriendly

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever found a great article online that you wanted to share with your students, but when you tried to print it, it was hard to read? Worry no more because there’s a tool to fix that!

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: PrintFriendly

First, the basics:

Name: PrintFriendly
URL: http://www.printfriendly.com
Cost: Free
Problem this tool solves: Makes web articles easy to read and print friendly. Provides users with the ability to modify the look of the article, as well as save it as a .PDF, email, or print it directly from the page.

PrintFriendly is a handy little website that you’ll wonder how you did without! It allows you to take an article from a web page and make it print friendly, as the name of the website suggests. I’m sure we’ve all run across the articles that take up too many pages when printed, don’t fit nicely or a page, or copy/paste creates a nightmare of a mess.

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PrintFriendly’s homepage. Simply paste the URL of the article into the search box to begin.

All one has to do is find an article from a website. If you simply want to see how PrintFriendly works, then use the “Try it” feature below the search box on the main page. PrintFriendly will pull up an article from one of the sites listed, and allow you to test out their features.

Once you have an article, then the fun begins. PrintFriendly lets you play with the text size, the image size (or remove images completely), and allows you to delete sections of the article that you don’t need. You’ll find that PrintFriendly already gets rid of those pesky ads within the article for you. At any time, you can click

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Check out those editing tools. If you wish to delete text from the article, just hover over the text, and you’ll get an option to delete it.

When the article is modified to your liking, then you may print directly from the page, create a PDF that can be saved, or email a copy of the article to someone. That’s it!

PrintFriendly is a very simply and easy to use tool, and will definitely change how you use articles within your classroom. Give it a try and see what a difference it makes!

Resources

If you need a visual tutorial, check out this video:

 

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Fluco Toolbox: G Suite Training

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever been working within the G Suite tools, and suddenly realized you didn’t know how to do something or find a particular tool? Google has put together a Google Chrome extension that solves just that!

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: G Suite Training

First, the basics:

Name: G Suite Training
URL: http://tinyurl.com/j87jnjo
Cost: FREE
Problem this tool solves: This Google extension provides training and interactive walk-throughs while you work within G Suite. At any time while in the G Suite tools, there will be a button with a question mark and Google colors around the outside. Users can search the database for answers to any question they may have about using G Suite.

Sometimes it’s good to have a tutorial or database full of answers to our questions right within our grasp. Google has created the G Suite Training extension to assist new and old users with the G Suite programs. Once the extension is installed, a simple refresh of any Google apps currently open will activate the extension. You’ll now see a button that looks like this in the upper right corner of all apps:

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Clicking on this button will pull up a new box. The content in this box will vary, depending on the G Suite app you are using, but it will show a search bar and suggestions to help guide you. The image below shows suggestions for using Gmail:

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Within the current suggestions, I can watch a video on an overview of Gmail, or I can select “Composing, Editing, and Sending Email” to see further help topics in that category. The best part is that there are interactive lessons in each section. If I was new to the G Suite world and needed to go through an overview of Gmail, I can press the red play button on that topic. A lesson will begin. It will show me the text and read it to me, and then use my screen to guide me through Gmail. As it guides me, I am asked to click and interact with the screen. I can choose to end the lesson at any time by clicking anywhere on the screen.

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Resources

Video – G Suite Training: This video is a quick look at the G Suite Training extension.

 

 

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