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Using Shortcuts with Screencastify

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Screencastify has been a 'go to' tool for our school, especially since it works so nicely with chromebooks. For those of you who have not used Screencastify, I highly recommend that you check it out.






There are many uses of the tool:
Create a screencast demonstrating a taskCreate a screencast highlighting informationRecord conversation between peopleRecord an audio recording (by using the camera feature but blocking the camera so that it only records a black screen and picks up audio only)Film scenes for a project What I am most excited about is the fact that you can create your own shortcuts when using Screencastify. Sometimes, I do find it a bit clunky trying to start and stop the screencast without seeing the curser go off the screen. This can help with that. You can create (or use the existing) shortcuts for

Starting Screencastify
Pause/Resume Recording
Start/Stop Recording
Change Recording to Current Tab

Watch the gif below to see how easy this is.



For those of you who have…

Adobe Spark: Taking Design to the Next Level

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Over the past month, I have been exploring around with a tool called Adobe Spark. Adobe Spark is a relatively new tool that provides a user an opportunity to create:

Visual Post, Video, Web Page

Adobe Spark works on the web (works great on Chromebooks) as well as through mobile apps (Adobe Spark Post, Adobe Spark Video, Adobe Spark Page). The user is able to log into Adobe Spark with their Google Account - it will ask for a birth date. (If you are planning on using this with students below 13, you should talk with your tech integrator to see if this is in fact a tool you should use with your students.) Below is an example of what you can do with Adobe Voice. This video speaks to the three components of Adobe Spark.



Examples of the Tool
This is an example of a Spark Post that I have created.


Clicking on this link will bring you to a Spark Page that I am currently working on for Hour of Code.

Using this Tool in Your Classroom

You could easily use Spark Post to highlight a song, quote, or …