So one of the best features for Chromebooks was the Webcam Capture tool in YouTube. Using the Webcam Capture tool students could film themselves with their Chromebooks and have it uploaded to YouTube. Unfortunately though Google is pulling the plug on this great service on January 16th! So the question is, what do we do now?
Well you don't have to worry, because I found a pretty good alternative. ClipChamp allows students to record up-to five minutes of webcam footage for free. This doesn't seem long, but normally it is more than enough for student projects. If the video needs to be longer, students can film multiple clips and put them together using several different methods, the YouTube video editor, they could put them together in a playlist, or have links to each video in a Google Doc or a ThingLink.
Watch the video above to see how easy it can be to do a ClipChamp webcam capture.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, an animated picture with text must be worth like, um, 2,750 words!PowToon makes creating animated videos unbelievably easy and makes them look good. We are talking like high quality designer good.
PowToon can help you or your students create videos that allow them to share their ideas with their classmates and peers. Getting students into PowToon is made easy by its integration into Google Drive. Students can manage their PowToons and log into the website using the Google Apps accounts. Oh, did I mention it is also free!
Check out the video below for an example I made describing the Greek Gods. PowToon can also be used as a great creative writing assignment. In the end this is a great tool to add to your presentation arsenal and can allow students to show off some amazing ingenuity!
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