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Techsmith Snagit: Easy Screenshots in Chrome

Let’s face it, using a computer can be hard, and it can be even harder to explain how to do something on the computer. Techsmith Snagit for Chrome is a free-to-use tool that makes it easy to take and annotate screenshots of webpages. It’s easy to install from the Chrome Web Store. Once it’s installed, it’s easy to use. Just click on the S icon, then choose the type of screenshot. You can drag and select a section of the page, take a picture of the entire page, or even use the Scrolling mode, which will capture the entire webpage, even if it doesn’t fit on a single screen. Once a picture is taken, you can name it and use the easy tools to draw annotations. Once saved, the files are placed in the Techsmith folder in Google Drive. You can alternatively download the snapshot directly or copy a link to it for easy incorporation in a website. In the example below, I take a picture of the AHS website and highlight the link to iParent. To view any of these images in more detail, click on the thumbnail to see the full-size version.

Opening the Snagit menu
Opening the Snagit menu
The editor after taking the screenshot
The editor after taking the screenshot
Annotating the screenshot
Annotating the screenshot
The final, annotated screenshot
The final, annotated screenshot

For more information about Snagit for Chrome, please visit the Techsmith website at https://www.techsmith.com/snagit-google-chrome.html.

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Chrome Web Apps

The Google Chrome Web Store is full of many tools to help teachers teach their subjects and students understand their classes. One of the many tools on the chrome web store that can vastly enhance the student and teachers experience in the classroom is HUMAN 3.0. HUMAN 3.0 allows teachers and students alike to view the human body under different situations. The tool can also let the user search for and see certain parts of the human body under different situations. This tool allows students to view the human body doing things in a way that would be impossible with out the use of chrome. Another tool offered on chrome for free is GeoGebra. GeoGebra allows the user to graph in and explore other geometry ideas in a 2d or 3d plane. GeoGebra now lets a teacher graph clearly and in way that can help the student understand.

For more information on GeoGebra  Follow the link below

chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/geogebra/bnbaboaihhkjoaolfnfoablhllahjnee?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

For more information on HUMAN 3.0 follow the link below

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/human-30/meefjekipolcgabfgaclcpdkbghhmoah?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

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Computers in the Classroom

Computers add a lot to a modern class. They have many utilities that can be used for any number of different activities.  Applications on tablets can also enrich the experience of a class.  Being able to do something virtually that could otherwise not be done allows new activities to be part of a class. For example, if someone is disgusted by a dissection, a virtual dissection app may exist and can allow this person to experience the same dissection. Also, if there is any information that is not found in sources in a classroom or the library, a computer or tablet allows a student to find answers via the internet. The language department in Ashland High School also utilizes the computers’ recording functionality to let many people have a speaking test at once..

However, computer usage should be limited to necessity. If information can be found in sources within the classroom, those sources should be used instead of the internet. Otherwise, students will not know how to find information alone, but instead they will only know how to find information on the internet. Also, when finding information on a computer is needed, a student should know what websites are trustworthy, and which have potentially incorrect information. Also, if apps are used instead of class activities, people will not gain the full knowledge of the experience. A person is more likely to make their own discoveries doing a real dissection than a virtual one, for example. Using computers does not promote discovery and curiosity nearly as much as actual activity.

Computers, while useful in many cases, should not be a part of everyday classes. Students must learn to manage finding information without computers. Also, in order to promote people’s individuality and curiosity,  normal class activities should be continued separate from computers, including computers only when absolutely necessary. From a young age, people should be learning to complete tasks without assistance from computers.  Otherwise they will become computer dependent.

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Computers and Classes

Computers have had a positive effect on students in my opinion. I now many students with poor hand writing are now able to clearly type what they want. It can also be used as a resource to help people learn at there own rate. There are cons to computer use along with the positives. Computers cost a lot and can be underused which is why it might be better if computers where in computer labs as apposed to every student having one on them at all times. When deciding if the effects of computers are positive or negative we have to look at every aspect not just the ones I briefly went over.

There are a lot of pros and cons of computer use in the classroom. Computers are extremely helpful for communicating between students. This can be good for working on a project but not good when it is in the middle of class. Students also can get distracted online but online they can find resources that they would not have found other wise. If students are focused on the task and are willing to stay away from distracting sites then I do think that computers are a valuable asset to education. With a computer students are able to move faster in a course and learn and explore more of the subject which might make them want to pursue it later in college. Students are able to start on working with programs like chrome that are used after school in various settings.

Overall I think that the pros out way the  cons when it comes to computers in the classroom. Students are able to work on projects with others when ever they need (not just at school). They are able to move faster in the subject on their own which helps them to decide on a possible future career. Students are able to access things they never where able to before. Teachers are able to find resources that explain what they have been having trouble with. In short, computers and other technologies, that are controlled, help teachers and students more then they hurt them.

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