Recording lessons and doing homework will soon be a lot easier for teachers and students using Chromebooks (opens in new tab) as Google is bringing a built-in screen recorder to ChromeOS (opens in new tab) in March.
As parents around the world made the transition to working from home (opens in new tab) during the pandemic, students and teachers switched to distance learning and this required them to to learn how to use a variety of new tools including screen recorders (opens in new tab) to create video lessons.
While Windows 10 has a screen recorder built into the operating system's Game Bar (opens in new tab)and macOS allows users to record their screens using QuickTime Player (opens in new tab), doing so in ChromeOS previously required users to download a third-party app to accomplish the same thing.
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Once ChromeOS' screen recorder arrives in a new update, users will be able to capture the contents of the screen and a red circle will appear on the right side of the shelf to let them know they're recording.
Chromebooks for education
In addition to the new built-in screen recorder, Google has also updated its screen reader (opens in new tab) ChromeVox with new features. These include improved tutorials, the ability to search ChromeVox menus and smooth voice switching that automatically changes the screen reader's voice based on the language of the text.
At the same time, Google is also making audio, video and reliability improvements to Meet (opens in new tab) on Chromebooks so that students and teachers can have the best experience possible when using the search giant's video conferencing software (opens in new tab).
To help parents manage screen-time limits and other restrictions on their children's Chromebooks, the company has made it possible for them to use its parental control app (opens in new tab) Family Link to manage both their children's school accounts as well as their personal accounts.
Finally, Google has released a list of Chromebooks to help schools better understand all of the devices available.
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