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Apps to Try

These technologies and apps look interesting and may be worth a try. If you try and like it, share your thoughts in the comment section.

Curricular Spotlight: Chris Hafner and Wolfram Alpha

Tech on Tap Poster

How to conduct a Screen Capture with Audio

Here at the Help Desk we’re occasionally asked “How do I record my screen and include the computer’s audio.” Actually, it’s usually phrased “I need to download this YouTube video”.

If you’ve followed our guidelines on how to record your screen using QuickTime from this YouTube video (also on Brewster Academy’s ITD YouTube Channel) you may realize that this method for capturing a video WILL NOT capture the AUDIO “directly” from the computer. Rather, it can only record the microphone input (for copyright protection). Some users simply turn up the sound and have QuickTime record that input along with the screen to give a full audio/visual recording. It requires a very quiet space in which to record.

In circumstances where audio quality is really important to you, you may need to purchase a third party application to record video AND audio together, directly from the computer. These products can become quite expensive ($60-$100), so after review, we have chosen to recommend a product from the Mac App Store called Voila. ($19.99). NOTE: An additional Component must be installed to record computer audio. Faculty and staff can install this on their own after you purchase Voila. Students must come down to the Tech Office so that we may help them install the audio component.

  1. To record your screen using Voila. First open the application (after installing as per the above note) and select “Record” from the top of the application window.
    Voila Main Scrren
  2. Choose whether you want to record a specific portion of your screen, or the whole darned thing!
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  3. You will notice that ALL of the Voila windows disappear! This is so it isn’t in your way while you record! In order to stop or pause the recording click back on the Voila icon in your dock.
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  4. The main Voila window will appear again, however, the “Record” button you used to start the recording is red! Click on this to either pause or stop and save the video.
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  5. There are many ways to save the video out to iMovie, Final Cut, etc. Or, if you prefer, you can automatically upload the video to YouTube, Google Drive and more.
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    Note:  Voila also has a number of other useful features such as
  • PDF/Screenshot/Image Annotation
  • Web Page Capture
  • Screen Capture
  • Webcam Capture
  • Simple Video/Photo markup and editing
  • much much more…


Curricular Technology Faculty Posters

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 TechonTap-Poster Mosaic

Online Course – Foreign Language Department

Google Earth Tours – Bruce Gorrill

Safe Exam Browser – Mike Jacobs

Google Classroom – Doug Kiley

Doceri for iPad – Rob O’Blenis

Wolfram Alpha – Chris Hafner

Google Forms- Tom Owen

Edpuzzle – Doug Kiley

Faculty Spotlight: Doug Kiley and EdPuzzle

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Faculty Spotlight: Bruce Gorrill and Google Earth Tours

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Twitter for Teachers

Twitter can be used in two primary ways in education – to communicate with and engage your students in new ways AND to connect with other educators around the world to share ideas and resources.  Here are a few articles to pique your interest.  If you are new to Twitter and would like some assistance in setting up an account and exploring, don’t hesitate to stop down at the Tech Office to get some assistance.

How to use Twitter in the classroom without compromising your professional relationship with your students
In this article there are lots of links to guide you towards using Twitter as a tool to keep up with subject specific trends, ideas and resources.  Written by Mike Reading who is a Google-certified teacher and has taught in a range of school environments including K-12, high school and a senior college.

Teaching with Twitter: Extending the conversation beyond the classroom walls
Although this article is written by a college professor, I think his ideas could definitely resonate with high school teachers.  David R. Wessner, professor of biology, Davidson College writes “While several studies like this one have demonstrated increased learning gains associated with the use of Twitter, I argue that instructors have not capitalized fully on the most powerful benefit of this social networking platform – the ability to include outside discussants. With Twitter, we can include various people with different areas of expertise in our discussions. We no longer need to be limited by the expertise of the people in our class. We no longer need to limited by the viewpoints or personal experiences of the people in our class. To this end, I have used Twitter in the classroom specifically to engage a larger audience in our class discussions.”

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
Here are a few of the tips from the article:

Provide the class with a running news feed
Subscribe to different mainstream and independent news feeds with different biases as a way to compare and contrast how different perspectives interpret current events and issues.

At the conclusion of a class, ask students to type a 140-character or less summary of what they have learned and perhaps pose any questions to be considered in the next class.

Follow the issues
Bring a little technology into debates by asking the class which issues they would like to follow. Subscribe to relevant hash tags and accounts from all perspectives and compile an updated resource cobbling together as much research as possible.

Set up a foreign language news stream
Keep foreign language students informed of current events from relevant nations while simultaneously challenging them to use their translation skills by keeping a specific news feed.

Chat with industry professionals
Older high school students who need to explore their career options before spiriting away to college benefit from real-world discussions with professionals in paths they’re considering. Twitter helps them connect with primary sources and facilitates educational communication.

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