Entries by Peter Horner

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Screencast on Chromebooks

Record, trim, share, and viewtranscribed screencasts with the new Screencast app on Chrome OS. Make video creation capabilities available to everyone in your class with the Screencast app built into Chrome OS. Educators can record, trim, transcribe and share lessons or demos to build a custom library of recordings. Students can create their own screencasts […]

Mote for Google Forms – Add audio and voice notes to forms & quizzes

Mote has recently had an update! Many staff are already using Mote, which is a Chrome extension we invested in last year. It empowers staff and students to provide verbal feedback and add voice notes to Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. The latest update for Mote now enables you to add audio to Google Forms and students can […]


Google Voice

Google Voice is a cloud-based voice over IP (VoIP) phone service that is available as part of Google Workspace and includes: Close integration with Gmail and Google Calendar; Make calls from any device whether it’s a Chromebook, PC, or mobile phone; Manage your calls with personalised settings for forwarding calls, text messages and voicemail; Advanced […]

Google Workspace Skills – Learn by exploring

This term we are focusing on digital skills to support your learning and develop employability skills for the future. Over the next couple of months you will be asked to complete interactive tutorials to learn about different Google Workspace apps. As each skill is completed successfully, you can earn digital badges with increasing levels of […]

Getting started with Google Voice

We’re excited to announce Google Voice, our new college telephony solution. Voice is a new telephony service from Google. It lets you take your number with you and make calls from your smartphone, Chromebook, or computer. There are lots of features to explore such as voicemail transcripts and smart spam filtering. To help you get […]


Distance Learning Apps Update

Firstly, thank you to everyone who has provided feedback about the apps that are making a difference. It’s been great to hear so many successful and innovative uses of technology to facilitate distance learning. In this post, I wanted to share some of the apps that have proved to be the most popular.  Screencastify – […]

Google Workspace Skills Training – Learn by exploring

Google Workspace Skills training enable students and staff to learn by doing, interacting with apps like Google Docs, Slides, and Jamboard to complete tasks. As each skill is completed successfully, you can earn digital badges – bronze for beginner, silver for intermediate and gold for advanced! Over the next couple of weeks we’re asking students […]

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Google Jamboard

Jamboard is Google’s answer to an Interactive Whiteboard, originally designed and marketed with a portable 55-inch, 4k display. Google have since released Android and iOS apps for it, perfect for touchscreen Chromebooks here at Barton! Even if you don’t have a touchscreen device you can still connect to a Jam on your web browser at jamboard.google.com […]


Moving Forward with Distance Learning | 1st June INSET

Firstly, I wanted to congratulate you all on what a smooth transition it has been moving to distance learning. In the training I delivered the week before campus closed, Google Meet and Screencastify were new to many. Since then, it really has been amazing to see how everyone has taken these technologies, explored new Apps, […]