Sunday, November 29, 2009

SimplyBox




SimplyBox is an image/text capturing software for your Internet browser.  When you visit the website it has SimplyBox for education, but that is for district purchases.  You want to sign up.  When you sign up it will request email verification.  Once you have verified your email you will then be directed in your email to a loaction for downloading the toolbar.  The tool bar looks like the following:




Once you have installed the toolbar you will see your login name, a link to the simplybox homepage, the "Box It" image capture, as well as search bar and help link.  The Search bar can be used to type in the tags that you have given to the images that you have boxed.

When you click on "Box It," it will open up the software and you will see "Folders" and "Containers" that will appear at the bottom of the screen.  The "Folders" and "Containers" look like the following:








You can add or change the names of the folders and containers to meet your needs.  It stores them on the website in your account.  I used the website to box these images.  It is really user friendly.

So how could you use this in your classroom?
- It would be a great way to capture Wordles that you made or found in the gallery.
- It would be a great way to capture text from a story, poem, or website to use in your classroom.  Much easier then remembering and saving the URL for something small you want to keep
- Keep track of maps, graphs, charts, and/or data that you find on a website.
- Keep track of current events
- Save images for classroom use that you might want to discuss in your class.
- Integrate the images into your Twitter Account
Those are just some of my ideas.  What ideas do you have?  Let me know how you use it.  Here is a video to help explain it a little further and show how it is used.


If you are looking for a screen capturing software for your computer you can try Gadwin Systems.  It is really user friendly and uses the familiar Print Scrn Key to use. 

If you are wanting to create a vidoe of your screen for tutorial video purposes you can try Screencast-O-Matic
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