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Whiteboard (beta)

Whiteboard (beta) | technologies | Scoop.it
Draw on any webpage (pretty much) or on a background color of your choosing.
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This Chrome app enables users to draw on top of webpages using things such as a
● stylus,
● trackpad,
● mouse…etc.
It's particularly useful for annotating and illustrating content on a webpage.
NOTE: Whiteboard, at the time of posting this, is still in beta phase and as such several useful features are still in development stages. These include the ability to save your work in image file, add different shapes and lines to your annotations etc.
Currently, users can
● change the background settings of a webpage,
● change its colour and
● customize its opacity,
● add lines and
● draw using different colours,
● add and customize layers.
To start using Whiteboard...
● install the app onto Chrome,
● click on the icon of the app on the menu bar and select ‘Do it’.
A menu will be displayed on the leftside of the page that enable users to work on the background, line and layer settings.
To delete anything already drawn, on the webpage, just click erase or better click on the Whiteboard icon on the menu bar and select ‘Quit it’.
Well worth giveing it a try to see what you think of it.
Ideal for live on-line courses. MOOCs etc.

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Screencastify

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A simple video screen recorder for Chrome,
Chromebooks and Chromeboxes
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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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Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations

Mail Markup: Inline annotations and markup in Gmail, Email markup, Email annotations | technologies | Scoop.it
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Mail Markup in Gmail is a Chrome extension which enables practitioners to preview an attachment from their learners without downloading it.
They can...
   - annotate the attachment,
   - add comments,
   - add those comments directly into the email, and
   - then send it back.
Potentially, a huge time saver.

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Typing Speed Monitor

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Gives you statistics on how fast you type, what you type, and how often you type.
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Typing Speed Monitor Shows Your Typing Speed During Routine Web Tasks
Typing Speed Monitor is a Google Chrome extension that evaluates a user's typing skills while they're going about their daily web browsing or word processing activities. Ideal for Google Drive users.
If learners do a lot of writing on-line and/or are engaged with on-line courses, Typing Speed Monitor is one way for them to get accurate feedback on their typing proficiency in real-world settings.

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Explain and Send Screenshots

Explain and Send Screenshots | technologies | Scoop.it
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.

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handy tool Thx
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WatchDoc

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Notifies you if your Google Docs change
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If practitioners and/or learners have shared some documents with others on Google Docs, this Chrome extension will list their shared documents that have been updated since the last time they viewed them.
An essential extension for those engaged in collaborative work andor for practitioners who are using Google Drive with learners.

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8 Chromebook Tricks Users Need to Know

8 Chromebook Tricks Users Need to Know | technologies | Scoop.it
Chromebooks aren’t like traditional laptops. While they’re much simpler, they still have various useful features you may not know about. These tricks will help you take advantage of your Chromebook’s true potential.
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A number of learning providers are turning to Chromebooks.
They are not like traditional laptops. While they’re much simpler, this post looks at some useful features users may not know about.
These will help users to take advantage of their Chromebook’s true potential.
- Control Who Can Log In
- Access Remote Windows, Mac, and Linux Desktops
- Print via Google Cloud Print
- Use Powerwash to Wipe Personal Data
- Create Keyboard Shortcuts
- View Local Files
- Recover Chrome OS From a USB Drive
- Use Developer Mode to Run Desktop Linux

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Black Menu - Chrome Extension

Black Menu - Chrome Extension | technologies | Scoop.it
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It’s time to face it – Google provides some awesome tools. Practitioners, and learners, are beginning to use it for everything – emailing, scheduling, file storage, navigation, apps, their browser (Chrome), etc.
This post looks at the one major problem – how do you easily access those apps and services?
If you are anything like me, you’re going to love what Black Menu has to offer.

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Webpage & WebCam Screenshot

Webpage & WebCam Screenshot | technologies | Scoop.it

A Fast & Simple solution to Save screenshots of any webpage. 


Webpage & Webcam Screenshot is a free to use browser extension for Google Chrome.

 

This browser extension lets practitioners and/or learners take screenshots of the webpages they visit.

 

They can capture screenshots of only the visible webpage area or the entire webpage.

 

Users have the option to save the screenshots in either PNG or JPG file formats.

 

The extension lets users modify the text on the webpage too; the text fields are detected and made editable before users take the screenshot.

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Chrome Extensions For Designers & Developers

Chrome Extensions For Designers & Developers | technologies | Scoop.it

This post targets Google Chrome's extensions for web designers, web developers as well as bloggers.

 

Checkout these Google chrome extensions for designers and developers; they include...

- Live CSS Editor;

- Screen Capture;

- Stylish (has accessibility uses);

- Speed Tracer;

- Window Resizer;

- Check My Links;

- Eye Dropper;

- Comps;

- The Grids;

- Neo Vision;

- SEO site tools and

- Pendule.

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Split Screen

Split Screen | technologies | Scoop.it

Another add-on for Google Chrome that can facilitate learning!

 

Research is integral to many learning activities, and this Chrome browser extension is a powerful research tool.

 

Split Screen splits the browser into multiple re-sizable windows.

 

By default there are two windows...

- the window on the left opening as a simple notepad for taking notes; and

- whatever website users choose to open on the right side of the screen.

 

Alternatively, Split Screen can be set so that only web sites open, perhaps to make comparisons or to research from multiple sources.

 

Splitting the screen horizontally, this is also an option. A single verticle window may even be split horizontally.

 

Options can be selected and set in the normal way, via a right-click on the icon and selecting “Options”.

 

Another excellent reason for using Google Chrome! 

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SpeakIt! - Chrome Web Store

SpeakIt! - Chrome Web Store | technologies | Scoop.it

Speak It, not a perfect text to speech app, but it is adequate for having webpages read to learners and it's FREE.

 

For learners that need to hear a word pronounced or needs a sentence read to him or her for clarification, Speak It could be a handy extension to have installed in Google Chrome.


Speak It, a Google Chrome extension, enables the text on most webpages to be read to users.

 

Highlight the text - right-click to activate Speak It - click the play button.

 

The voice is very digitized, but it is clear.

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Kindle Cloud Reader

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Kindle Cloud Reader is a great tool for practitioners and learners alike, who don’t even own a Kindle.

The Kindle Cloud Reader syncs previously read pages to all devices, so users don’t need to start at the beginning every time they pick up the book on a different device.

It also...
- automagically updates itself; and
- even has an offline mode that lets users read their books when not connected to the Internet. Perfect for when users are out of wi-fi range.

Note: at the time of curating this, Kindle Cloud only works with Chrome or Safari Browsers.

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Google Tone

Google Tone | technologies | Scoop.it
Broadcast any URL to computers within earshot.
John Dalziel's insight:

Early Days as yet but, Google has launched a new experimental Chrome extension that lets users (e.g.practitioners) transmit the URL of a website to other nearby computers (Used within the learning environment) using nothing but sound.
To try the feature...
   - all computers must first have the Google Tone Chrome extension installed and
   - all computers must be within reasonable earshot of each other.
Then when the practitioner is on a webpage they’d like to share...
   - they hit the little Google Tone tab in their browser and they’ll hear a little succession of beeps — not too dissimilar to an old ZX Spectrum computer loading a game.
   - nearby machines receive a notification with the sender’s Google profile and picture embedded within the message, and
   - the learners can open the URL on their own PC.

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Voice Recognition

Voice Recognition | technologies | Scoop.it
Type with your voice. Dictation turns your Google Chrome into a speech recognition app.
John Dalziel's insight:

Voice Recognition (former Dictation) is one of the most popular speech recognition apps in the Chrome store.
The Voice Recognition app works right from a Chrome browser, making use of Google’s integrated API speech’ software to transcribe the users voice into textual words.
It can be used to type...
   - long documents,
   - emails and
   - essays
...without touching the keyboard.
Voice Recognition is integrated with the popular cloud storage tools: Google Drive and Dropbox.
This means users can easily save and export their transcribed text to their accounts on these platforms. They can also use email to share their text with others.
Voice Recognition uses Chrome's Local Storage to save the transcriptions and thus users will never lose their work.

Video overview at https://www.youtube.com/embed/fDX-RVCmfWU ;

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Evernote Clearly | Evernote

Evernote Clearly | Evernote | technologies | Scoop.it
Clearly makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read them anywhere.
John Dalziel's insight:

Evernote Clearly is one of my favourite tools that I also feel will enhance any learner's on-line reading experience.
Evernote Clearly provides a distraction free environment where users can...
   - enjoy their reading
   - customize their reading experience by changing the text fonts
   - choose a theme for the background of their page
   - highlight passages and save the whole page with highlights to their Evernote account (If they have one) and
   - Premium users can also benefit from the text to speech functionality
An ideal extension for learners to use when reading online.

Evernote Clearly is available for free download for Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

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Torch Web Browser - Your All in One Internet Browser

Torch Web Browser - Your All in One Internet Browser | technologies | Scoop.it
Torch - the ultimate all in one web browser – combines the awesomeness of powerful browsing with media downloading and sharing. Think it, reach it. Now. Torch!
John Dalziel's insight:

Torch Browser is built aroundChromium - the same engine used by Google Chrome.
One plus is, it comes with an integrated Media Grabber that can download video (and audio) files from most websites.
It's also easy to use.
When users go to a site containing media files,the Media Grabber button changes to show the types of file available and, becomes animated to attract the users attention.
Simply click the button to save the file directly to a default download folder.
Also take a look at the Drag & Drop and Torrent features.

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Download to Dropbox

Download to Dropbox | technologies | Scoop.it
Conveniently download straight into your Dropbox account
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This extension allows users to Skip the downloading step completely.
How? – just upload files, images etc., directly to their Dropbox from within Chrome.
With Download to Dropbox installed all users need to do is right-click any download link, then click “Upload to Dropbox” – and they’re done.
File are sent directly to Dropbox, meaning it will quickly sync to all of the user's computers and other devices.
Even better if users are downloading a file on one computer that they intend to use on another one.
Note: Users will find all files they upload to Dropbox in a specific folder: /Dropbox/Apps/Downloads From Chrome/

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Docs Quickly

Docs Quickly | technologies | Scoop.it
Quickly create a new Google Doc. It's just a single click from your menu bar.
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This Chrome extension allows users,practitioners and learners alike, to create a Google Doc, Spreadsheet, Presentation, or Drawing directly from their Chrome bar. 

There is noneed to launch docs.google.com; just a single click, and they have a new document.

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Video Resumer

Video Resumer | technologies | Scoop.it
Automatically resumes YouTube videos from where you played them last.
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If learners are watching an educational video on YouTube, for a flipped learning environment task perhaps, there will times when they need to leave their computer to do something else.
When they turn the computer back on, they locate the YouTube clip, and then try to find where they'd stopped watching. This can be difficult, in particular for long videos.
In steps Video Resumer.
Video Resumer is a free to use browser extension made for the Google Chrome web browser.
This extension is an absolute must for learners accessing course video clips hosted on YouTube; it improves their experience on the video streaming website.
Video Resumer remembers where users stop watching a YouTube video.
Whether learners close the tab or browser window, revisiting the same YouTube video they were watching earlier will begin its playing from the same point that they left off.

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Google Apps for Blind and Low-Vision Users - Google Apps Help

Google Apps for Blind and Low-Vision Users - Google Apps Help | technologies | Scoop.it

About this guide and Google Apps
Welcome to Google Apps! This guide is to help our blind and low-vision users get up and running on Google Apps.

John Dalziel's insight:

 I was directed to this via the Official Google Blog who had a post about the accessibility features of Chrome, Google Apps, and the Android OS. Included in that post was this link to the Google Apps accessibility guides for blind and low-vision users. The guides cover Gmail, Drive (including Doc, Sheets, and Slides), and calendar.

A post I'm sure colleagues will find useful.

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Chrome Remote Desktop app

The Chrome Remote Desktop app has the potential to aid assessers and on-line practitioners engage with their learners when they need support when trying to accomplish tasks on their computers; I've no doubt there are many other uses.

 

Using the Chrome Remote Desktop App (still in beta) Learners can grant access to their computer to practitioners, who also has the Chrome Remote Desktop App installed.

 

If individuals want to share their desktop,they just click "share now" and Chrome Remote Desktop will generate an access code to give to the person who will access their computer.

 

Obviously all parties will need Google Chrome and the app.

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https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gbchcmhmhahfdphkhkmpfmihenigjmpp

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Typing Speed Monitor

Typing Speed Monitor | technologies | Scoop.it

There are plenty of online programs that learners can use to practice typing skills, test their typing speed, and test their typing accuracy.

 

They don't however evaluate typing skills while users are going about their daily web browsing or word processing activities.

 

Typing Speed Monitor is a Google Chrome extension that will track how fast users type and what keys they use most frequently.

 

If users do a lot of writing online, Typing Speed Monitor is one way to get accurate feedback on their typing proficiency in real-world settings.

 

Typing Speed Monitor could be a good way to find out how well learners actually type in realistic scenarios - as part of their ICT functional skills.

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The 101 Best Chrome Extensions

The 101 Best Chrome Extensions | technologies | Scoop.it

There are so many extensions in the Chrome Web Store that it can be quite overwhelming to pick the right ones.

 

On this page, 101 Best Chrome extensions, you will find the best 101 Chrome extensions for all your browsing needs.

 

Makeuseof have taken the effort to categorize the extensions and picked only those they believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you.

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280 Slides - Create & Share Presentations Online

280 Slides - Create & Share Presentations Online | technologies | Scoop.it

Having purchased a Chrome Book, I've been test-driving a few of the newest web applications to see if they’re going to help my everyday life.

While looking for an elegant web-based way to create and present slides, where there are no downloads needed, I came across 280Slides, an excellent site that has an intuitive interface.

 

Users can...
-import presentations from Keynote and PowerPoint,

 

-select a variety of themes, and

 

-use it anywhere because it’s cloud-based.

 

If you’ve used either PowerPoint or Keynote or Google Docs then you can use this application. Users can download the presentations and even publish them right to the web.

 

Ideal for learners who can't afford commercial software.

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