Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 29 - Zoom It

Today's post is on the screen zoom and annotation tool, Zoom It.

Zoom It is a free utility from Microsoft that's easy to use.  It allows users to zoom in on portions of the desktop screen, pan/move the zoomed area, and even draw (annotate) on the screen.  Zooming can be done with the wheel on the mouse or with the up and down arrow keys on the keyboard.  This is a great utility for focusing students' attention to a particular area of your computer screen.

Zoom It is always ready to use.  It runs in the background and activates with hotkeys.  Just select the keyboard shortcut, control + 1, to activate a zoom.  Press ESC or the right mouse button to return the screen to its normal size. 

Annotations can be started by the keyboard shortcut, control + 2.  This allows you to write on your desktop in any application.  Annotations are a virtual layer so when you close Zoom It, all the marks disappear off the screen.

This utility also has a countdown clock that is enabled with hotkeys, control + 3.  

To download Zoom It select the link below:   
Zoom ItSorry MAC users, this handy tool is made by Microsoft and is available for PCs only.Your Challenge:How could you use this tool in your classroom?  


21 comments:

  1. I don't know that I would use this regularly but I do use the concept of it using the document camera or just zoom itself within Activ, WOrd, etc. I see the need in classes to bring their focus to one particular area at times. I think this works well in prezi too when I program it to zoom in and focus on what I want them to see and remember.

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  2. I could see students using this to annotate and mark evidence in text on their netbooks, whether it be identifying context clues or locating support for a particular answer. It reminds me of what a teacher can do on an Activboard.

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  3. I agree with Kati; Zoom It looks similar to the annotation options on ActivInspire. It may be easier for students to use on their netbooks, though. I think I'll stick to ActivInspire on my Promethean Board, but will share Zoom It with my students and try it on my own laptop. I wonder if students will be able to download it on their netbooks. Sometimes, new downloads are blocked while students are on the schools WiFi.

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  4. I cannot use this particular zoom tool with my Mac but could have students use this on their netbooks. This would come in particularly handy when we are focusing on a cultural story or graphic. I am also interested in seeing if it would allow them to annotate their online textbook effectively. The online text has an annotation feature but it is not user friendly. Perhaps this would be a better option if students are able to download it to their netbooks.

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  5. This could be useful in science or art history when examining a picture. Zoom in on parts as you discuss them in class so everyone knows what to look at. I do use zoom features when I make my videos for my algebra 2 class, when I want to spotlight what I'm doing.

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  6. I am a MAC girl--so this is a bummer! What a great thing to pass on to my students, though!

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  7. I have a PC personally and I think it would be great to give the kids as an option on their netbooks! I will definitely use this for annotation and I think it will be a simple tool for the students when they are working on stories, graphics, etc.

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  8. I love this. I mess with my windows' zoom level all the time, and this is a lot easier. Sometimes I want to zoom in on a paragraph on a website, for example. I also love that I can write directly on the screen. Sometimes it is a pain to annotate on website with activ inspire - I'm not good at selecting the right options and it often freezes up on me. I see myself using this frequently.

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  9. I agree with Michelle; annotating with ActivInspire can be really frustrating at times! I will probably use the annotation on Zoom It more so than the zooming feature. Whenever I'm sharing an article on the board with the class, I just hit ctrl + to make the text bigger and then ctrl - to turn it back to the normal size. I do really like using the keyboard short-cuts!

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  10. Neat tool, being a mac person, I cannot use it. Fortunately, macs have the ability to zoom built in. By using control and the mouse wheel or track pad to zoom in and out. You can also use the track pad on a macbook like an iPad, use two fingers to "open and pinch" to zoom in and out.

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    1. I tried your "Mac" zoom with ctrl and mouse wheel, and it worked on my PC :)
      Thanks!

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  11. When I first started reading today I thought we were talking about Macs since I have used that tool for a couple of years now on the Macs in the building. Then I got to annotations and figured out that it was different. The annotations is a really cool idea. I would like to know if the annotation stay when you zoom out and come back in or do they just disappear forever? I could definitely see this being used for the students as well as for that video software we saw earlier where students could capture sections of their screens to show how to do work. Now they could not only do it, but zoom in and type on the screen possibly while capturing the video. That would be really cool. Sorry if I rambled.

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  12. I just turned my laptop into and "Airliner"Tablet! I can now use this just like I do my airliner tablet. Showed this to students who instantly started marking up the text they were reading online. Cool tool!

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  13. Teaching science I can see using this for zooming in on a picture or specific part of an article. We are teaching the students to read nonfiction and highlight the important parts and then answer questions about it. I can see using this to help mark up online text. I started as a SmartNotebook software person and that software was very user friendly. As I have move to the ProBoard and Active software I do find it a bit more challenging at times. This sounds like it might be a little easier. I will give it a try.

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  14. I can not do this on my computer, but will pass along to my students. This could be helpful when looking at detail in a fashion design assignment, being able to zoom in on certain parts. I also like that they can annotate text and possibly work on making notes to go along with their readings. Maybe write questions as they read of things they do not understand?

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  15. I think this would be a great program to use with the small netbooks. Sometimes the writing on these computers are so small and this program could help those who struggle with reading it.

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  16. I can see teaching my students to use it on their netbooks. We are always telling them to mark text and go back to their text for answers. This looks useful for that.

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  17. I agree with Kathy. The netbooks are so small that my kids couldn't scroll down in MBC to check the box they needed to check to continue! Very good tool, though to use for zooming and getting to the point!

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  18. I'm often putting up on the ActivBoard a worksheet I've created in Word and want to zoom in on a particular problem. While I can go to desktop view in ActivInspire and annotate, there are several steps and buttons to push. This seems a bit easer. I love the quickness and ease or marking on websites, docs, and pics.

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  19. Since I'm a Mac nerd all the way, I can't use this tool; however, my students could use this in our computer lab. I will pass this on to our technology teacher. It looks cool, or as cool as a Microsoft tool could be. :-)

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  20. I have been looking for this! I do screen captures all the time, but didn't know how to make notes on my screen. I will use this for technology how-to's.

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