Chromebooks are gaining ground. Amazon reported that Chromebooks were two of the top three best sellers this past Christmas. The good news is that you don’t have to have a Chromebook to use the powerful Chrome web browser. Chrome offers extensions and apps that are added right into the browser. There are many wonderful apps and extensions that will help you be more organized and make online life easier. But, let’s focus on 4 apps that you can use with students to create products.
1. WeVideo – I have used iMovie for years. I love iMovie. But I have run into problems when students want to work on their movies from home and don’t have a Mac. WeVideo solves this problem. Students can create movies right inside the Chrome browser. Students can upload movies as well as photos to add to their projects. They can shot the video with their phone, upload it to Google Drive via the Google Drive app and edit it inside WeVideo on the computer. WeVideo connects with their Google Drive account and creates a folder inside their Drive for their movies.
2. PicMonkey – PicMonkey is a photo editing site. Students can do some basic editing like cropping. But they can also airbrush a photo and add text to it with PicMonkey. Students can create collages with PicMonkey. They can also use PicMonkey to create graphics with the design option. When they finish creating students can download their masterpieces. PicMonkey is free to use but they do offer a paid upgrade that opens even more editing options like zombie effects. Yes, you can make someone a zombie with PicMonkey!
3. MindMeister – MindMeister is a mind mapping app that also connects to Google Drive. MindMeister has a gallery of templates to choose from or your can start a blank map. Brainstorming, project plan, and to do list templates show first but MindMeister’s depth is shown in the gallery. There are 8 categories of templates in a variety of areas like business, education, technology and reference. I like the How to Write a Blog Post template. Students can work collaboratively on map by sharing the map just the same way they share a Google Doc.
4. Scoot & Doodle – Scoot & Doodle allows up to 10 students to collaborate through Google Hangouts. (Note from Scoot & Doodle – Schools need to be a registered users of Google Apps for Education and have both G+ and Hangouts enabled.) Once the Scoot & Doodle Hangout is launched, students can talk, draw and brainstorm together. What I really love about Scoot & Doodle are the starters. They can write collaboratively about the starters. There are also some fun clip art doodles students can add to the hangout. Students can share their Scoot & Doodle sessions to their portfolio. Scoot & Doodle also provides them a URL they can share or email.
What are your favorite Chrome apps for student creation?