This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers.

With Chromebooks being adopted as the 1:1 tool of choice in schools throughout the country, it is helpful to note that there a number of options that allow for student creation that go beyond the suite of Google tools. One example of this creative potential takes advantage of a staple in the Google Apps library, Slides, and works in combination with Thinglink as well as the Chromebook screencasting option from TechSmith, Snagit.

In the image below, the process is outlined where a student could create an image or poster in Google Slides, export the image as a PNG or JPEG file, and then upload that file to Thinglink.

Once in Thinglink, the hotspot tags can be added to include text, links, or even YouTube videos. While typically the final product of this sort of creation would be the URL or embed code to the final creation in Thinglink, by layering the capacity of Chromebook screencasting with Snagit, the final product can instead be a video where the creator can explain the hotspot tags in Thinglink. This sort of layering of tools facilitates a level of creation with Chromebooks that allows student thinking to be archived, shared and made visible.

Below is a final screencast that demonstrates the entire creation process and what a final Thinglink screencast created with Snagit could look like.

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