Free Know-how for Academics: Mailbag


I usually invite readers of Free Know-how for Academics and subscribers to my e-newsletter to ship me questions. Lots of the questions that I obtain are pretty comparable and in my lane, however each on occasion I get some which are a little bit completely different. Here is a smattering of questions that I’ve obtained this summer season and the solutions that I’ve given. I hope you discover the questions and my solutions useful.

#1 – My faculty has Chromebooks and we have at all times used Screencastify for making movies. Now that Chromebooks have a built-in screencast device is there any motive to maintain Screencastify?

As I write this, I do not assume the screencasting device that’s constructed into Chromebooks is sort of as much as the extent of Screencastify (or Loom for that matter). I wrote about this in additional depth in June, however in brief, the Chrome screencast device simply does not have sufficient enhancing choices for my liking. 

#2 – My new faculty district is all-Google Workspace they usually don’t desire us utilizing Flipgrid as a result of they’ve some privateness considerations. I used it so much at my old style and cherished it. Do you may have any recommendations for alternate options that I may use? 

That is a bummer about your faculty not wanting you to make use of Flip (the brand new identify for Flipgrid). I am undecided I perceive their stance on Flip privateness. Nonetheless, this is what I might do. I’d use Padlet to create a Flip-like atmosphere. You and your college students can use the digital camera operate within the notes on a Padlet to report movies. As a instructor you’ll be able to reasonable video submissions and you’ll disable feedback in the event you like. Here is a tutorial on recording movies in Padlet

#3 – I might wish to have my college students create “about me” movies to start out the yr. Do you may have any suggestions on the most effective device for doing one thing like that?

I am not fully certain what you keep in mind for the completed product, however I am guessing you need the vides to be comparatively brief. I might use Canva to have college students create a couple of slides about themselves then flip these slides right into a video. Here is a brief demo of how that works. 

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