Chrome OS now has a built-in screen recorder

Plus, new screen-reader features and tools for parents
Chrome OS now has a built-in screen recorder
Chrome OS now has a built-in screen recorder

Google has introduced {that a} built-in screen recorder is coming to Chrome OS in March. Google hopes the tool will make it simpler for students and lecturers to file virtual classes. “Lecturers have lengthy recorded classes to assist students do homework and research for checks, however prior to now yr it’s turn into downright crucial for virtual studying,” reads Google’s weblog put up.

It looks fairly easy. When you’ve pressed the suitable button in your Chromebook, you’ll see a countdown In the middle of your screen. While your Chromebook is recording, a purple circle will seem on the precise facet of the shelf.

Just a few other instruments for Chromebook learners are In the works as effectively, and a few have already arrived. Chrome OS’s screen reader, ChromeVox, has some new options: The voice now adjustments primarily based on the language of the textual content it’s studying, and now you can search its menus.

Additionally, parents can now use Family Link (Google’s parental-control app) to handle their youngsters’s college accounts along with their private accounts. This implies screen-time limits, bedtimes, and other restrictions parents place on their youngsters’s private accounts can apply to their college accounts as effectively.

On the {hardware} facet, Google has introduced that it’s launching over 40 new Chromebooks this yr. It claims each model is “outfitted to ship distinctive Google Meet and Zoom experiences”.

To assist faculties navigate the brand new releases, the corporate has put out an inventory of obtainable Chromebooks, which incorporates configurations from Samsung, Lenovo, HP, Dell, Asus, and Acer, and suggestions for choosing the precise one. The corporate recommends a lot of basic fashions, resembling Acer’s Chromebook Spin 511 and Lenovo’s 300e, in addition to fancier gadgets just like the Chromebook Spin 713 (Tech by Android high Chromebook decide) and Samsung’s $1,000 Galaxy Chromebook.

Quite a few these items embrace LTE connectivity — Google is referring to those as “Always Connected” gadgets, and emphasizes their importance for students with restricted web entry (although shopping for a tool with LTE can bump the worth up).

Chromebooks are massive sellers In the schooling market, due partly to their affordability and districts’ widespread use of Google Classroom, Google’s on-line schooling portal. 2020 was the Chromebook’s finest yr ever, due largely to elevated demand from faculties offering at-home instruction for the basic time.

Google has been constructing out its services for distant college and conferences because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the early months of distant education, Google made Meet conferences with as much as 100 contributors out there to anybody with a Google account. It’s added a lot of options to Meet as effectively, in an effort to maintain up with giant opponents Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The corporate has rolled out customized backgrounds, blur results, real-time captioning, low-light mode, and hand-raising in latest months.