Screencastify is the #1 screen recorder for Google Chrome. Capture, edit and share videos in seconds.



Screencastify is a Google Chrome extension that is available from the Chrome web store. It enables you to create screencasts and videos on a Windows, Mac, or Chromebook. In addition to recording your screen, it combines annotation tools, record from your microphone for voice over, and you can record yourself with a picture-in-picture overlay of your webcam. Everything you record is saved to Google Drive so you can easily share the video with students, embed it on a Google Site, or upload to YouTube.

You can use Screencastify to create recorded lessons, tutorials, or giving feedback. It is often quicker and easier to convey how to do something in a video, rather than writing a long list of steps. To see an example of Screencastify in action view my video below.

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Mote lets you record a quick comment in Google Docs. It’s tagline is; the faster, friendlier way to comment on docs.


The mote Chrome extension makes it easy to add voice note feedback for students within Google Docs, Google Classroom, Slides and Sheets. You can quickly add a comment in simple terms without having to worry about how it may come across in the written word.

mote’s mission is to make document collaboration faster, friendlier and more powerful.

Online Courses

CourseTime to completeBenefitsWhat you’ll learn
Mote Certified Educator20 minutesBadge and certificateBecome familiar with all of Mote’s features. You just need to get at least 12 out of 15 questions right and there is video help too.

Keybr is another app to help you learn how to touch type or to just improve your typing speed. Learning this now will help you in later life, it improves your efficiency when taking notes or completing normal work tasks.

The great thing about Keybr is that once you’ve started typing and gone through a game or two, it will pull all this information about how you type into a report for you to understand. It can tell you where you stand in the average typing speed of everyone who uses the app, what letters you miss the most and more.

On the reports after a couple of minutes of typing, I learned that I am in the top 3% of all users on the site, am slowest going to the I key and hit the E key wrong the most times. It’s easy to also keep track of how many days and how long you’ve been practising too with stats just for that one day and a comparison across your all time statistics.

To get started you need to create an account so it can save your progress. Once you’ve done that, head to the Settings and change the Keyboard Layout to English UK as the default is US.

You can even play a little multiplayer game against others around the world. It gives you a paragraph to type out and the fastest wins!

Get Revising is filled with smart revision tools and tips to help boost your grades. As part of The Student Room, you can be sure it’s got a good team behind it and a trusted name.

It’s filled with past papers and quick quizzes to help you learn more about whatever subject you need, all in all there are over 300,000 different learning resources with 192,564 resources just for A Level subjects (At the time of writing). Just over 140,000 of those resources are for GCSE subjects so if you’re retaking any of your GCSE subjects or want to help your friend or family member taking theirs, there’s enough resources to help everyone.

You can even search by exam board to make sure the information you use is relevant to your exact subject and exam.

It’s free for everyone, and teachers are regularly adding more and more quizzes and mindmaps all the time. Just a quick example, there are over 1,000 Spanish resources, 6,000 Law resources, and over 20,000 Biology resources.

If you want to be confident in the information you’re looking at, each resource has a rating system and some have Teacher Recommendations. Take a look at the example below, Art in Roman Britain has a 5 star rating meaning it is useful for A Level Classical Civilization, it also has a Teacher Recommendation which means a teacher has looked through the resource and found that it is of high quality. 

A great feature of Get Revising is their revision resource creation tool! These tools have been designed to make it easy for you to create something to test your knowledge, re-use it so you learn it best and share with others to help them too. Just look at all the tools available to you below:

If your computer is too old or too slow to use effectively, you might want to consider installing Neverware CloudReady to it. This free software turns your computer into a Chrome OS computer, just like the college Chromebooks you’re used to. Before you get started, take a read through this whole page to familiarize yourself with CloudReady.

Minimum Hardware Requirements

  • RAM: 2GB or greater
  • Storage space: 16GB or more
  • BIOS: Full administrative access, in order to boot from the CloudReady USB installer
  • Processor and Graphics: Components made prior to 2007 will likely result in a poor experience. Additionally, the following graphics hardware does not meet performance standards on CloudReady: Intel GMA 500, 600, 3600, 3650

What do I need to get started?

  • A computer running the latest version of the Chrome browser.
  • An 8GB or greater USB stick
    • Note – Sandisk USB sticks can sometimes cause problems.
  • Time, we can’t say how much as it depends on a variety of factors.

Ready?

If your computer meets the hardware requirements, you have the necessary equipment and are happy with the ‘Important Information’ at the bottom of this page then we’re ready to create a USB Installer and install CloudReady to your computer.

Let’s get started!

Build your CloudReady Installer

  • If you have a Windows 7 or greater computer, download and run the USB Maker Tool to easily set up the USB with minimal fuss. This is the easiest method. Once that tool is finished, you can head straight to Step 2.
  • If you don’t have access to a Windows 7 or greater machine, it will take longer to create a USB stick and a bit more effort but it is possible.
    • Head to this link, look for the ‘Create a USB Installer Manually’ and click ‘Download 64-bit image’.
    • Once downloaded, click the relevant link based on what device you are using to create the installer. This is the guide on how to install the image to the USB stick.
  • If you have a Linux machine, follow these instructions.

Use the USB to install CloudReady to your computer

  1. Turn off the computer you want to install it to.
    1. Remember, this cannot be undone once it’s finished.
  2. Plug in the USB Installer. Remove all other USB sticks.
  3. Boot to your computers Custom Boot menu.
    1. Below is a list of the most common models and their corresponding keystroke:
      1. Dell – Tap F12 when the Dell logo is displayed.
      2. HP – Tap F9 when the HP logo is displayed.
      3. Lenovo – Tap F12 when the Lenovo logo is displayed.
      4. Apple – Hold Option (next to the ⌘ key) when the computer first turns on.
      5. Toshiba – Tap F12 or F2 when the Toshiba logo appears.
      6. Acer – Tap F12 as the Acer logo appears.
      7. Other – Try tapping Esc, F1-12, or Enter during bootup.
      8. If you can’t find your model, try looking online for the manual for your device.
  4. Use the arrow keys to highlight the relevant option. Hit Enter once you’ve picked the right one.
    1. You will need to look for either the brand name of the USB or something along the lines of ‘USB Device or ‘USB Storage’.
  5. If you’ve done everything correct so far, before long you’ll see a white splash screen with the CloudReady logo.
  6. Once you see the Welcome screen, click the time in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  7. Click Install OS.
  8. Read through the disclaimer and if you agree, click INSTALL CLOUDREADY…
  9. You will now get your absolutely final warning, if you’re still happy, click ERASE HARD DRIVE & INSTALL CLOUDREADY
  10. Depending on the speed of the USB device and the target hard drive, this process should take between 5 and 20 minutes. When the installation has finished, your machine will shut itself down completely.
  11. When you’re sure your machine is powered down, unplug your CloudReady USB Installer and power the device back on.
    1. Note: During the install process, your machine may become idle or dim it’s display. Be sure to use the keyboard or touchpad to check if the machine is fully powered off before removing the USB.

Setup

  1. When you turn the device on for the first time, you’ll see the same Welcome screen as before. Click Let’s Go to begin.
  2. If you are using a laptop, this is where you will need to connect it to your wifi.
    1. If you are using a network cable, it should automatically connect to the internet.
  3. Choose whether or not to participate in Anonymous Data Collection Policy then click Continue.
  4. All Done! You can now log in and use your Chrome OS device! Congratulations.

In the Settings menu of the device, you may want to look for the ‘Media Plugins’ menu and install extra components to allow you to get the best experience.

Important Information – MUST READ

  • Although we recommend CloudReady, Barton Peveril cannot support it if you have issues. We also accept no responsibility or liability for anything that may occur in your use of CloudReady.
    • As this is a free application, Neverware do not give access to technical support.
    • You can find some helpful information on their Knowledgebase.
    • You can ask a question for help on their forum.
  • Neverware has a list of over 350 devices they have certified CloudReady to work on. You can find this here – Certified List.
    • If your computer isn’t on that list, it may still work with CloudReady, head to this link to find out more information.
  • You MUST back up your data. CloudReady will completely wipe everything from your computer.
    • We recommend backing up to Google Drive as it will be easy to access this from the CloudReady computer once it’s created.
  • You CANNOT go back once installed. When we say it wipes everything we mean everything.
    • Windows, Mac OS, Linux or whatever operating system you have will be completely removed.

Google Voice is a cloud-based phone service allowing you to make calls using any device from any location.



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 voicemail transcriptions that you can read in the app and/or have sent to your email;
  • Supports ring groups for shared team and departmental numbers;
  • Easy to configure auto-attendant.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the college migrating to Google Voice?
We are planning to migrate to Google Voice on Tuesday 1st June 2021.

Will I still have the same phone number?
If you currently have a direct dial number this will be ported to Google Voice so you can continue to use the same number.

What will happen to internal extensions?
Internal extension numbers such as 2224 will no longer exist. Each Google Voice user or room phone will have a full UK number.

How will I make calls?
If you currently have a personal extension number you will be assigned a Google Voice license enabling you to make calls using your Chromebook, Windows 10 PC, or mobile phone. You can request a headset if you don’t already have one.
Alternatively, if you currently share a phone extension with other members of staff you will continue to share a phone and make calls using a new handset.

How will I receive calls?
To receive a call you must have Google Voice opened in Chrome. You will then receive a notification in Chrome and your computer will ring when for incoming calls.
If you have the Google Voice app installed on your mobile phone or have a shared deskphone then your phone will ring as normal.

What happens if I miss a call?
Google Voice will automatically email you if you miss a call. If the caller leaves a voice mail this will be transcribed and emailed to you along with a link to play back the message.

Can I keep my current phone handset?
Existing Toshiba handsets will no longer function and will be removed. Shared phones such as department workrooms and some support staff areas will have a new handset installed.

How can I lookup a phone number?
Numbers can be searched for in Google Voice or Google Contacts.

Where can I find more help with Google Voice?
Browse the Google Voice online help for more support and guidance or contact the IT Services team.

Can I use Google Voice on my mobile device?
Google Voice works great on mobile devices. It enables you to make calls from a college number whether at home or on campus. Download Google Voice the Android and iOS apps.

Teachers can set their own exams using the ChromEx platform for their students to access on a Chromebook.

There are some great benefits to using ChromEx:

  • You can set it up yourself to be run in your lesson, no need to ask MIS to set anything up
  • Chromebooks are ‘locked’ so students can’t access the internet
  • Students can log in with their normal details so no need to remember an extra login
  • At the end of the exam, the work is instantly saved in to the Google Drive of the teacher who set up the exam

Setting up an exam

Teachers can just head to this link and log in with their college Google account to get started – https://app.chromex.io/#/exams

How does a student take the exam?

A student just needs to select ChromEx in the bottom left of the Chromebook BEFORE logging in.

Then when they are asked to log in to the ChromEx platform, the just need to use their normal college Google credentials.

Google Jamboard is a digital whiteboard app that allows you to collaborate with others and join together your ideas.



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

It is connected to G Suite so you can log in with your College credentials as normal giving you the ability to present, edit and share files with Google services like Drive, Sheets, and Slides.

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The Google Classroom Android App is the best companion app for the Google Classroom system.



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