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ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks

ViewedIt - Screen, Voice and Webcam Recorder for Practitioners who use Google Chrome and/or Chromebooks | technologies |
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John Dalziel's insight:
ViewedIt is a free Chrome extension that makes it quick and easy to create and share screencast videos. 
ViewedIt could be a good screencasting tool for teachers who use Chromebooks and want to share tutorial videos with their learners. 
Being able to track when learners watch their videos is an added bonus. 
With the extension installed users can record their entire screen or just one window tab. 
ViewedIt will let users record themselves with their webcam as well. 
To record on ViewedIt users simply have to... 
  - click the extension icon  
  - choose what they want to record. 
...when they're done recording (max time of 1 hour per video), their video is automatically stored on ViewedIt. 
From ViewedIt users can share their video via email and social media. 
If they choose to share via email, they will be able to track who watched their video and the percentage of the video they watched. 
There is no limit to the number of videos users can record. 
NOTE : To be honest, ViewedIt has the following shortcomings... 
  - it doesn't let users download their videos and 
  - it doesn't let users upload their videos to YouTube or other platforms. 
Still worth a closer look, especially if practitioners are engaging with "Flipped Learning" and/or only have Chromebooks. 
My first effort can be viewed at
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Edusight - Notes

Edusight - Notes | technologies |

Edusight Notes is a mobile app that helps practitioners capture evidence of student learning as it happens throughout the year.

John Dalziel's insight:

Although developed for younger learners, EduSight Notes provides a means, for practitioners/assessors etc., to quickly capture anecdotal evidence about student learning, of all ages, in their learning environments.
EduSight Notes enables them to...
   ● take note of important behavior or character development for all their learners, and
   ● store examples of learner work to guide their assessment practice.
All notes and observations are organized by learner in a handy timeline view.
All this provides the means to reflect on learners’ progress by reviewing evidence of their learning, and application of skills etc.

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Doodlecast Pro

Get Doodlecast Pro on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
John Dalziel's insight:

Doodlecast Pro provides an easy way to create presentations on an iPad.
The app records a users voice as they draw to create quick presentations.
Doodlecast Pro saves videos to the camera roll making it easy to import them into popular video editors or presentation tools such as iMovie, Keynote, or iBooks Author.
Ideal for practitioners, learners and anyone needing an elegant way to share ideas.
Doodlecast Pro could help practitioners create and share videos for a
range of purposes:
• Prepare content to share with their learners; within flipped teaching models.
• Create video reports on specific topics.
• Provide feedback on visual designs, layouts, or charts.
• Annotate charts and graphs to present 'business cases' for projects and more.
• Capture mind maps and notes during brainstorming sessions.
• Create animated messages to send to learners, colleagues and other stakeholders.
NOTE: What many would consider a big plus, with Doodlecast Pro a users work stays in their hands. No account signup required and no ominous terms of service.
Doodlecast Pro also saves videos and images in standard formats making it easy to share or import into a variety of editing and presentation tools.

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Snaplr App

Snaplr App | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Vessenger, producers of a group messaging system, offers this free program for capturing and annotating images on your computer screen.


Snaplr, is available for Windows and Mac.


With Snaplr installed practitioners and/orlearners can capture all or part of their screen.


It's Snaplr's annotation tools that I like most of all.

They include...
- text boxes,
- highlighting, and
- free-hand drawing tools.


When users have finished creating their annotated screen capture they can save it as a PNG file or attach it to an email message in Outlook etc.


A big step forward from Windows Snipping Tool with lots of potential in producing evidence for assessment, and/or producing feedback to learners and/or enhancing collaborative work.

john Larmour's curator insight, September 24, 2013 4:10 PM

a great tool to speed up taking screen captures

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Screencast-O-Matic - Address Frequently Asked Questions with Screencasting

Screencast-O-Matic - Address Frequently Asked Questions with Screencasting | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
Every learning environment has learners who... 
► need a little extra help, 
► have frequently asked questions, and/or 
► need the ability to rewind and listen to content again. Screencasting offers a great solution to address these questions or offer brief tutorials for learners. Screencastomatic... 
► allows users to create such videos; 
► offers the option to publish to YouTube or Screencastomatic; 
► places a yellow halo around the users cursor to make it easier to track.
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Screencastify | technologies |
A simple video screen recorder for Chrome,
Chromebooks and Chromeboxes
John Dalziel's insight:

Screencastify is a video screen capture software for Chrome.
Just press record and the content of your tab, webcam or desktop is recorded.
Users can easily create screencasts for video tutorials, record presentations etc.
Screencastify does not depend on any plugins (like Java, Flash or others), so runs on all platforms that run Chrome...
   - Linux,
   - Windows,
   - OS X or
   - ChromeOS (Chromebooks and Chromeboxes).
Screencastify can store their recordings on Google Drive, so they can access them from anywhere. This also helps to save local storage, especially on Chromebooks.
All Versions include:
   - Desktop capturing
   - Chrome tab capturing
   - Embed webcam videos
   - Direct upload to Google Drive and Youtube
   - Maximal privacy - videos are recorded locally
   - Automatic updates
Note: Free Version - Recording length limited to 10 minutes.

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Explain and Send Screenshots

Explain and Send Screenshots | technologies |
Capture a webpage, write text, arrows and circles on it and share it with a direct link to the screenshot without a frame!
John Dalziel's insight:

Explain and Send is a free Chrome extension that, because I've got synchronization enabled, I have installed on all my browsers.


The extension allows me to quickly select all or a portion of my screen, draw on it, type on it, and share it.

After a screen capture has been created, users can share it via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

john Larmour's comment, September 15, 2013 5:15 PM
handy tool Thx
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Video Grabber

Video Grabber | technologies |

Video Grabber is the free online application to help users grab videos from online video sites like vimeo,, YouTube etc, you only need to copy and paste video URL address, the video will be grabbed automatically in FLV, MP4, WMV format.

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