I frequently invite readers of Free Know-how for Lecturers 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 infrequently I get some which might be slightly totally different. Here is a smattering of questions that I’ve acquired this summer time and the solutions that I’ve given. I hope you discover the questions and my solutions useful.

#1 – My college 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 cause to maintain Screencastify?

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

#2 – My new college district is all-Google Workspace and so they don’t desire us utilizing Flipgrid as a result of they’ve some privateness considerations. I used it lots at my old-fashioned and beloved it. Do you will have any strategies for alternate options that I might use? 

That is a bummer about your college not wanting you to make use of Flip (the brand new title for Flipgrid). I am undecided I perceive their stance on Flip privateness. Nonetheless, here is what I would do. I’d use Padlet to create a Flip-like setting. You and your college students can use the digital camera operate within the notes on a Padlet to document movies. As a instructor you possibly can reasonable video submissions and you’ll disable feedback in case you like. Here is a tutorial on recording movies in Padlet. 

#3 – I would prefer to have my college students create “about me” movies to start out the yr. Do you will have any suggestions on the perfect device for doing one thing like that?

I am not completely certain what you keep in mind for the completed product, however I am guessing you need the vides to be comparatively brief. I would 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.