Blended learning and flipped learning just got a whole lot easier.
Thus, almost anything that I would normally write on paper to explain to a student I now do on my computer (a pen-based Windows tablet — in my case a Surface Pro 3). The time overhead is minimal, and students can replay the explanation whenever and wherever is needed, as many times as is needed.
It makes blended and flipped learning much easier, as these types of learning resources are now easy for anyone to make.
A Microsoft Garage project called Snip (not to be confused with the Snipping Tool) has been released. While still in the “preview” stage, it is stable and works well. It is quick and simple, and is effective for a large percentage of learning and teaching situations.
The simplicity of the tool is one of its major attractions. The functions provided make it easy for even a technology-wary teacher to understand and use effectively, and its capabilities are enough for a large percentage of teaching scenarios. (There are many more complex tools available that provide greater functionality and editing capabilities. This is not meant to compete with these tools.)
Once complete, you can share the recording in a number of ways.
This combination of this Snip app and a digital ink-capable tablet with a fine-grained pressure sensitive digital pen has the potential to make the lives of teachers and students much better.
With Snip you can annotate and narrate your screenshots, Whiteboards and webcam snips.
Download and Install Snip
- 1.) Download the Snip from http://mix.office.com/snip, run the installer
- 2.) Accept the license terms, click Install:
- 3.) You can pin Snip to Taskbar and / or Start for a quick access:
- 4.) When Snip is installed its toolbar is by default located on top of your main display.
The toolbar is floating, you can move it anywhere on the display:
- 5.) You can annotate your snip with the Pen tool:
- 6.) Eraser tool erases a single object, Erase all erases all annotations you have made:
- 7.) Use the buttons top right to copy the current snip to Windows clipboard to be pasted to any document, share the image snip by email, save the snip on local computer. However, with the Record button you can add narration to your snip and save it as an MP4 video file:
- 7.) The MP4 file has more sharing options than the default image file.