Screencastify – Chrome Add On

Looking for an easy to use video screencast WEB2oOL that is built right into your Chrome web browser?  Screencastify is your 2oOL (make sure you open this link in Chrome)!   Once you add this to Chrome, just click the “film strip” icon in the upper right hand corner to open the menu shown below.  If you choose Desktop, you will be recording everything that is view-able on your desktop.  Notice, you can add your “face”/webcam video to the screencast.  When you are done recording, you will get the option to copy the link (if you are saving to Google Drive and not locally).  This is the link you will use to share with others.  It is open to anyone with a link, so BV students will be able to see BV teacher videos, and vice-versa.  With the FREE (Lite) version, you get up to 10 minutes per video and up to 50 recordings per month.


o365: How to Find Synced OneDrive Files on a Mac

Now that you have synced your OneDrive files on your MAC, you may be wondering how to find them.  Once it is fully synced, you will find the OneDrive icon in the upper right part of your screen, just as you see in this image.


I have a large OneDrive Library, so mine took quite a bit of time to fully sync.  Additionally, this icon did not show up immediately.  I shut my MAC down after giving it several hours to sync and the next morning, it was there.  Now it syncs brilliantly on my many devices (phone, surface pro, iPad and my PC laptop).  #DeviceHarmony

If you have not synced it yet, here are those directions: sync-onedrive-for-business-as-local-drive-on-a-mac

Happy OneDriving!

Safe Image Search and Proper Attribution

Have you ever heard the phrase, “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”?  This is ever so true on the Internet.  It is so easy to take an image and use it as if you created it.  We must take time to teach proper and safe image search tips as well as proper and legally correct attribution.  I explain this in 3 simple steps!

Image Search TitleStep1FIND IT!  Here are some great sites:


Be sure that you are searching “creative commons” and “not for commercial use”.

1.  Creative Commons Help – enter your search, uncheck “use for commercial purposes” and you decide whether you want images that you can modify.  Then click the search engine button (Flickr, ccMixter, Pixabay for ex).

CreativeCommons Help2.  Compfight Help – put your search in and then it takes you to the page where you can filter down to Creative commons only.

CompFight Help

3. Photo Pin Help – similar to compfight, you enter your search. Then check “Non-Commercial” as your license type.

4. Photos For Class – this one is already set to safely search for images.  In addition, the images are licensed by Creative Commons so you can easily obtain proper attribution information.  This one keeps it very simple!

Step2Check the Copyright Information

In 2 easy steps!

1.  Once you find your picture, find the “rights reserved” link.   Most will look something like this:SomeRightsReservedIf you are using Photopin – Click “Get Photo” and then the photo should link you to the page that has the copyright information on it.  Or, you can copy paste it from the License or HTML attribution box— look for the link.

Also, several of these sites have “sponsored stock” images at the top.  Those are NOT free.  Scroll past them.

2. When you click on the “Some rights reserved” link as shown in the box above, it will take you to an attribution page that was created by creative commons. Click the box above or this link: to see an example.  Notice, it starts with what you CAN do and follows with the terms (which are often to simply give the author/creator proper credit/attribution).

CreativeCommonsRightsReserved PageStep3Give Credit (Attribution) to the Creator!



Give Credit to the creator of the image that you are using! An example of this is to detail that the you did not create the image/work and to give credit to whomever did. You should provide a link back to their page as well.  You also do not want to give the impression that they endorse you or your work.

Some pages will provide the HTML code that you can copy/paste onto your website as attribution.


I popped the code above onto my site so you can see what it looks like!  It is the attribution associated with this beautiful picture.  I read that I can do this but must provide attribution.  Notice, there are 3 links in the photo credit below.  One to the creators’ Flickr website, one to CompFight and one to the Copyright information.  Super Easy!  I also gave credit to my fun fonts that I used to make my banners on this site.


Photo Credit: PeterThoeny via Compfight cc
Font Credit:  Fun Fonts Free from:


Scan your book or journal barcodes to easily acquire and generate references in seconds using your phone’s camera.  You can reference any source: books, articles, webpages, videos, newspaper, legislation, artwork and more!  It includes over 7,500 reference styles (who knew there were that many to begin with), including APA and MLA.   BV folks, you can sign in with your Google email so you won’t have yet another username and password to remember.   See my instructional video to see just how easy this is.

MAC Snipping Tool

The MAC OS has a couple of shortcuts that mimic the Windows Snipping Tool, but not completely.  Watch this tutorial to learn how to add a Snipping Tool that is super easy to use and has the same flexibility that you see in the Windows environment.  You can copy/paste directly into your into Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and more.  It offers some simplistic annotative features as well that are better than the Windows Snipping tool!  AGAIN: they say a picture is worth a thousand words… so snip it and send it! Another option:  command + control + shift + 4 (if you have long enough fingers, do not want to annotate your image and can remember all of those keys).