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I had a lot of fun making these flyers using Powerpoint. It was the first time I’d ever used Powerpoint to create flyers, believe it or not!
Note: These were published as a series of blog entries at TCEA.org Technotes Blog! TCEA.org is a non-profit education organization. Check it out at http://www.tcea.org/blog. In the interests of full disclosure, Miguel Guhlin serves as a Director of Professional Development; find out more about his work at http://ly.tcea.org/connect.
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Best Practice #1 – Establish procedures before issuing Chromebooks.
Best Practice #2 – Teach Chromebook basics along with digital citizenship.
Best Practice #3 – Promote collaboration.
|Google’s announcement that the Google Play Store with its Android apps will be available to some models of Chromebooks may be a game changer for education.|
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Ever had to do any audio editing on a Chromebook? I have, and the only client out there that worked well (like Audacity) costs TOO MUCH money. I won’t even mention the client since it is darn expensive and I have no doubt that many folks paid a lot for it…just a twisted pricing model!
Ok, that aside, what if you could edit audio files on a Chromebook at low-cost, or even better, no cost if you’re a school district or educational institution? What about if that solution could save straight to GoogleDrive? Interested?
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If you’re looking for something like that, then be sure to check out the Beautiful Audio Editor–which allows you to export MP3 audio for one-time fee of $3.18 (pay attention, ONE time fee). Earlier today, I recorded audio from a presentation at TCEA TECSIG–with the presenters’ support and permission–on my iPhone using Voice Record Pro, but didn’t have an easy way to make some edits to the file (ok, Voice Record Pro has built-in audio editing but I didn’t want to try to do it on my iPhone with Voice Record Pro or Hokusai).
Problem: How to edit pre-recorded audio on my Chromebook?
Note: This process ultimately failed with a 51 minute file but I retain high hopes for Beautiful Audio Editor. Step 3 is where it all went wrong!! Again, I think it’s the SIZE of the audio file. I was successful with smaller audio files.
STEP 1 – ACCESS MY AUDIO FILE VIA WIFI DRIVE
The first step was to flip Voice Record Pro into a WiFi drive–which is a way to transfer files over wireless connection–so I could access the audio off my phone via my Chromebook:
STEP 2 – IMPORT AUDIO INTO BEAUTIFUL AUDIO EDITOR
Here’s what it looks like at the IMPORT audio stage:
Once that was done, I was able to listen to the audio and make adjustments (edit/cut) content, not unlike Audacity on a desktop/laptop computer.
Note that I did pay $3.18 to get the MP3 export feature, but it looks like WAV export format is available at no cost…and you could just convert that WAV file with web-based tools like Media.io or Online-Convert.com.
STEP 3 – SAVE EDITED AUDIO FILE
As you might imagine, I had high hopes that I would be able to save my 51 minute audio recording of collegial coaching presentation, but alas, it was not meant to be. This process DID work with smaller files, though.
Problems Encountered While Saving
Of course, I had hoped this solution would work perfectly. It did not FOR LARGE AUDIO files, but it did for short stuff (which may make it appropriate for Chromebook Education users!). As you can see, I was instructed to download the audioproject file but was unable to do so successfully, receiving the error Failed-No File.
|CollegialCoaching_edited_mguhlin.audioprojectThe server could not find the file.|
I next tried to save the edited audio file using WAV, MP3 or SAVE TO GOOGLEDRIVE options…notice what happens:
One second, the .WAV button appears, but the next (after clicking it), the button disappears!
Hmm…the same thing happened with the MP3 file, too.
So, SAVE to Google Drive failed as well. This left me with 51 minute audio-edited file with no way to save it!! As you can see, file generated is zero bytes long…so, no data.
I’m looking forward to the Beautiful Audio Editor folks fixing this!
“You know,” shared a colleague going to Gabon, “I love Chromebook! I probably would have gotten a Chromebook if I could Skype on it! But I did get a good deal on my under $700 Lenovo laptop!” Ah, what a difference a few months makes.
Now, Skype works on Chromebooks! Using an Acer C720 Chromebook, I was able to easily follow the instructions outlined in this MakeUseOf.com article entitled, How to Install Skype on a Chromebook. (lots of screenshots there!).
The steps are fairly straightforward, but, of course, what follows are my notes:
1) Check to see if you’re running a 32bit or 64bit. To do that, just go to your Chrome settings and click About. You’ll be able to see fairly quickly…
2) Download and unzip the following two files:
Leave the unzipped files in your Downloads folder.
2) Turn on Developer Mode by going to the 3 horizontal bars in the top right corner of the screen then choosing MoreTools–>Extensions.
3) While still in Developer Mode, click on Load unpacked extension, choosing both the ARChon unzipped file (which will have a funky folder name unzipped), and the Skype unzipped file.
4) Go to Apps and select Skype to start it up.
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Note: This blog entry has been updated to reflect new information from the WhiteOut.io creators! All good stuff!
Earlier today, I received an email from Oliver at Whiteout:
We’re just launching Whiteout Mail, an integrated solution for adding end-to-end encryption to your existing email address. Think of it as Thunderbird+Enigmail+GPGTools, all integrated, easy to use, and running in the browser and on your mobile devices. Installed in six minutes or less. Open source and free. So that more people can start encrypting their important messages.
Oliver wasn’t kidding! I’ve covered how you can encrypt your email/SMS/Evernote notes using free, open source tools like ParanoiaWorks, as well as file attachments, and/or use Mozilla Thunderbird with ENIGMAil or Mailvelope.
This integrated encrypted email solution makes encryption your email communications fairly easy. It currently works on some popular platforms and more are coming:
As you can see from the image above, iOS, Windows and Firefox OS are not yet supported…and it doesn’t seem to work in Firefox browser. Still, if you’re a Google Chrome browser user, this will work fine both as an app or in your Google Chrome web browser!
You can use an existing PGP private key, or create a new one. In the future, you will be able to load PGP keys from your computer’s clipboard (coming soon in a future release!)!
The problem I ran into using a text file was that my PGP key lacked a “asc” filename extension.
UPDATE: As of 02/03/2015, the “.asc” filename extension requirement has been removed! Yay!
However, you can take your text file your PGP private keys and then change the filename extension (e.g. mykeys.asc). Or, once you create a new set of PGP keys, you can export your keypair via Whiteout.io
If you export your keypair–which you’ll want to save in a safe place, probably encrypted in a Veracrypt drive or at least protected by ParanoiaWorks SSE encryption tool–you can share the public key with others so they can send you encrypted email:
—–BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–
Version: OpenPGP.js v0.9.0
Comment: Whiteout Mail – https://whiteout.io
—–END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–
One of the caveats of this service worth mentioning:
As we are based on the OpenPGP standard we protect your message content but not its metadata and we do not provide anonymity. Sender, recipient, subject and date are transmitted via standard SMTP in the clear. You may want to keep that in mind when deciding if and when to use our app.
So, this presents a problem. That’s why other solutions like Tutanota.de and ProtonMail.ch are worthwhile alternatives, providing encryption. You can see email below:
|Here’s an encrypted email in Gmail…but if you look at it in Whiteout, the message simply appears after you login:|
Some of their features:
- Whiteout Mail can be used with your existing email provider over IMAP. Also, coming soon, with an encrypted mailbox hosted by us, offering seamless integration with the app.
- End-to-end encryption and private/public key management is implemented via the OpenPGP protocol. Our source code is published and open for inspection.
- Your message is encrypted on the client and will never be transmitted or stored in the clear.
Is Mailvelope easier to use? Not surprisingly, I was able to import–copy-n-paste or exported keypair file–my Whiteout generated PGP public/private keys into Mailvelope, and decrypt Oliver’s encrypted email to me from within Gmail. So, yes, this is quite easy and less trouble. Benefit of Whiteoutio is that I didn’t have to consciously worry about it…I just did it by sending a secure email.
This is why we, as a service provider for encrypted email, believe that one major way we can provide value to users is key management. Not only does Whiteout Mail automate public key discovery when typing in a recipient’s email address, we also want to make private key management so easy that it becomes basically invisible to users (unless users explicitly want to dig deeper, of course).
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Whew, thanks to all of you who wrote in yesterday about my Istation and Chromebooks post yesterday! This is quite a big thing for Texas school districts relying on TexasSuccess.org, which includes Istation as a reading intervention and diagnostic tool, as well as Think Through Math.
A colleague in Texas shared the following ideas and problem:
We’ve been testing it out. The deployment works from the dashboard, but the first time the app runs it asks for the domain and the peering groups. Support told us there is no way to preconfigure this as part of the deployment, and that the peering groups don’t work on the chromebooks yet.
So we are making some materials to help teachers know how to select the correct domain. The other question I’m waiting on an answer from support is how to change the domain if they accidentally input the wrong one. Once you enter it, that prompt goes away on future logins. But I think every user will have to input that domain info the very first time they launch the app.
In terms of the use of the app – it seems to have all the components of the client and looks just like it. We are noticing that it takes longer to open than it does on the desktop clients. It does seem to individually cache content as you open each book or resource for the first time. But we are curious how the bandwidth hit is going to look when we get whole schools online. We are going to start with a couple of classrooms and monitor their bandwidth usage and the scale up from there.
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Update – Thanks to Bryan Doyle for sharing his tutorial:
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