Honestly, where do I begin?
First of all, we are a Google Apps district; therefore, our email, calendar, drive, Google+, etc. all work seamlessly together to create a rich Internet experience customized for the individual user. With Chrome, this experience gets even better. Because users log into Chrome with email addresses, all bookmarks, themes, settings, and apps travel with users no matter what computer they use to sign into Chrome. Additionally, Chrome allows multiple users, so individuals who use the same computer have their own personalized versions of Chrome. Keep in mind that all of these functions are accessible to you right now through the Chrome browser on your laptop or home computer.
Secondly, Google Chrome offers web-based apps through the Chrome Web Store.
Third, Google Chrome offers web extensions that personalize Google Chrome with extra features and functionality.
Here are a couple of my favorite apps and extensions. Please add any of your favorites in the comments section!
INFORMATIVE............INTERESTING..............EASY TO NAVIGATE
These are all qualities of an effective website!
One way to address all three of these qualities is to include players for audio and video directly in your site instead of just including links to these files. Viewers can then play the audio or video without having to leave your page to access an external player. This improves navigation, and it allows you to add pertinent information in interesting formats!
Google Sites permits you to embed these players with a few, simple steps. I must warn you...the directions I have included here look much more difficult than they are in reality. Don't give up before trying it!
For Google Sites, audio files in .mp3 format and video files in .mov format work best. Your files can be easily converted into these formats using Zamzar at http://www.zamzar.com/. This is a free site, and there is no need to download any software or sign up to use their services. I have included directions for use of the site, but the site itself is very self-explanatory: (This resource is also available on "Help Resources" page under "Tech Resources")
Direct Link: How to Use Zamzar to Convert Files to Other Formats
Once your files have been converted to these formats, you can embed them directly on pages within your site.
Please use the following document to help you embed video or audio in your site. (You may also be interested in how to download a YouTube video for use in your website. To access directions for how to download a YouTube video, using Zamzar, click here.)
The following resource is also available on the "Google Sites" page under "Tech Resources."
Direct Link: How to Embed Audio and Video Players in a Google Site
What are some ways you use or plan to use video or audio to enhance your site?
Please share in the comment section below!
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