ViewedIt is a powerful Chrome Extension that allows you to quickly and easily capture screen capture videos to use as tutorials or flipped class videos. You can also capture audio and video, as well as share and track videos.
- [Instructor] Welcome to this week's episode of Teacher Tech Tips. I'm Oliver Schinkten and this week I'm going to share a new tool that I'm really excited about. It's called Viewedit and you can find it at viewedit.com. Now I work with a lot of educators who tell me that they really believe in the concept of creating digital tutorials for their students or in sharing some of their content through a flipped class model. But the problem is that they're not sure what tools to use in order to do this. Well there are a ton of tools out there that I talk about quite often including Camtasia, Microsoft Sway, Office Mix, among others.
This week though I want to share another one that seems very promising. It's one that's incredibly easy to access, easy to use and best of all it's free. Viewedit is a Chrome extension that allows you to quickly and conveniently record what you're doing on your computer screen with the ability to record audio and video as well. Let's check out how to access it. So right now I'm inside of my Chrome browser. So the first thing I need to do is install the Chrome extension. I can do that by clicking on Get It Now For Chrome and then clicking Add Extension.
Once I've done that in the upper right corner, you'll notice that the Viewedit icon appears here and it opens up another screen letting you know that it is installed. Now you can sign in with a Google account or create an account. I'm going to sign in here with my Google account. So it says Login Successful, I'm ready to record and start making videos. So it really is that easy to access it and to get it installed on your computer ready to go. I'm going to close this out.
Now the other thing you have to do is to click on Allow Permissions to make sure that you allow your camera and microphone to be used when you're recording this if you want to add that. So I did that and it says Permissions Granted. Next let's take a look at how to use it. So my students need to complete a genetics assignment inside of a Google Document and then share it with me. So in order to explain this to them, I want to create a quick tutorial that I can then share with them. Now I could type out the words or explain it in class, but I found that creating quick video tutorials is an extremely effective way to get a point across or to help show students how to do something.
So I'm going to click on the Viewedit icon on the upper right corner and we'll take a look at the different options we have available. So right now I have the tab open with a Google document and I just titled it Genetics Assignment, Sample Genetics Assignment. I'll click on the Viewedit icon and this screen pops up. First of all I can hit Record and start recording, but below this I can decide what it is that I want to record. Now in this case I want to record the Tab because I want to record this specific window right here to show the students.
I also have the option of sharing my whole screen. I can share my camera which means my webcam and they would see me. And then down below you can choose whether or not you want to share or record your mic as well as your webcam. Now in this case I do want to record my microphone because I want to record the audio that will go over the top of the video. If I wanted to have a video inside of the video, I could click on the Cam and it will record me as well and put that smaller video of my face inside of this video.
I'm going to turn that off for now though. So I'm ready to start recording. What you'll do is go up to the top right and click on the Share button once you're completed with your assignment. After that you can copy the link to share it with people, but you can share it with specific people down below. So down there you can type in my email address which is OSchinkten@orangevalleyschool.com. And one other important thing is to click here to say whether or not the person can edit it, comment it or view on it. You're going to want to make that edit it.
I'll click there and then click Send. And if I have this checked it will notify me that you have shared this document with me. I'll click Yes. And just like that I've shared the assignment with the instructor. So okay I have that recorded. Now I clicked the icon in the upper right corner because I was done and as soon as I did that, it stopped recording, and this popped up. So here it is, my Genetics Assignment Google Docs. Now I'm going to actually go up here and click on the title because I want to change the name.
How to share your Google Docs Assignment. I'll title it that and then down below I have the ability to play the video. So right here I'm playing it, I can fast forward ahead. And right now I'm not recording my system audio so you can't hear it but it is the video with my audio recorded over it. Now I'll pause that because let's take a look down below at some of the options we have. First of all I can send this as a Gmail. So I'll click on Gmail and right away it'll open this up inside of my email account ready to send.
And check this out, it says I recorded a video for you using Viewedit. It has the link but it also embeds the video right inside of the email. So I could go in here and type in the address for the group or students that I want to send it to and they will receive this video. Now I'm going to go ahead and close this out actually because I'm not going to send this video. Down below I have the option to send this out via social media. And when I click it I can share it on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Another way is that I can copy the link.
So if I click here, it says copied. I now have that link copied. And I'll sow you that it is copied by opening up a new window, paste in that URL, hitting enter, and just like that, it's going to bring up this video. So I could copy that URL, put it on a website, put it in a learning management system, send it to students and they will have access to this. So I'm going to close this out and then I'm going to go back up to the Viewedit icon and when I click here again, notice that here is where I can determine what I want to record and start recording.
But if I go down to the bottom right, I can also click on Videos. And when I do that it says How to share your Google Docs Assignment. So this is the video I have here. As you continue to add videos, your videos will appear down here. Also once you share them, you'll be able to see who has viewed them and you'll get stats related to them. So this will keep any of the videos that you record so you can very easily access them later by clicking on it, opening up that video, you can copy that link and send it to students.
So I think this is a really simple way and creates a sharp looking product, but it's an easy way to quickly record what's on your screen and add in audio and even video if you want to. Now you could use this tool to provide quick tutorials like this for your students or to create flipped class videos that teach them the content related to your class. It's also a great way for you to give feedback on student work. For instance, bring up a paper that a student has submitted, and record a video in which you speak over the top and give feedback. You could even use it as a way for students to create and then submit work by showing that they can explain and justify an assignment or concept.
I highly recommend checking out the Viewedit Chrome extension. I think it's a great solution to creating and sharing educational videos.
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