Join Oliver Schinkten for an in-depth discussion in this video Using screen capture for images, part of Teacher Tech Tips Weekly.
- Hi, and welcome to teacher tips, I'm Oliver Shankton. This series focuses on ways to improve education and the learning that takes place in your classroom. One of the most powerful instructional tools in doing this, is screen capturing. Screen capturing allows for us to create flipped classes, guiding students through presentations, websites, or tutorials, while creating a valuable bank of customized, on-demand learning resources for our students. It allows us to give more personalized feedback, and it can empower students to take their learning to another level.
On the screen right now, I have some directions for my students on when their 20 time project reflections are due, how it needs to be formatted, and how they should submit it. Now for someone who is a visual learner, or for someone unfamiliar with Google Documents, this may be very overwhelming. I'm showing them how to create a new document, set the create font type and size, insert an image, and share it with their group and teacher. Now check out this other example I created by inserting some very simple screen captures. Although the wording is exactly the same, the second example does a much better job of showing the students what to do, by providing some visual representations.
I wanna introduce you to a few tools that will allow you to begin screen capturing immediately. In the first video, I'll go over a couple ways to use screen capturing for still shots. In the second video, I wanna go over a couple ways to use screen capturing for recording a screen capture video. The first tool I wanna point out is the snipping tool, which is for PCs with Windows. This program is pre-loaded as an accessory on your computer, and can be accessed by clicking on All Programs, Accessories, and Snipping Tools, or by typing in Snipping Tool in the Search Programs text box.
On Windows 8, I can go on the left hand corner, on the Windows icon, this brings me my Start page, where I can click on the magnifying glass, type in snipping tool, and as you can see, it brings up a popup that says "Snipping Tool." Now, I wanna capture something from my Google Drive. So, bring my Snipping Tool back up. This tool allows you to choose an area of your screen, and take a snapshot of it.
Which can then be saved to your computer, or directly inserted into a document. In order to do this, I wanna make sure that I'm using a rectangular snip. I'm gonna click on the dropdown under New, and I do have it on Rectangular Snip. And when I now click on New, you'll notice that the screen gets slightly dimmer. This means that it's ready to be snipped. My cursor, which is now a + icon, I want to select that in the upper corner of where I wanna snip. I'm gonna hold down the left clicker, drag it so the box covers the whole area that I want to capture the image of.
And release. And as you can see, the image is immediately captured. I can save it by clicking on File, Save As, and then naming it and saving it to wherever I want on my computer. There also are a couple tools you can use. One of them is the pen tool, in which I can draw on here. I don't use this very often though, as you have to draw with the mouse, and it's kind of hard to make it look good, and to have straight lines. I'll use the eraser and get rid of that. Once I snip an image, it's automatically copied to my clipboard, so if I wanna insert this into a document, I'd go to that document, and make sure that my cursor is in the spot where I want the image to be placed.
I can then press ctrl V, which is the same as right click and paste, and there it is. If I click on it, I can resize it, I can move it if I want to, I can wrap the text so that it goes around the text, and there are some other things that I can do. Now you can also do this with a Mac computer, in order to select a certain area of the screen, you need to hold down the cmd + shift + 4 key. And in order to capture the whole screen, you'd hold down the cmd + shift + 3 key.
The Snipping Tool is extremely convenient, almost too convenient. One disclaimer I have is that you must be careful not to abuse this tool. I've talked to a lot of people who insert images into articles or videos, that they get by going to Google Images, using the Snipping Tool, saving the picture, and then inserting it. This is not acceptable, as you can't simply copy and paste images, without giving the proper attribution. I address this issue in another teacher tips video, when I discuss http://www.graphicstock.com, which is a site where you can get royalty-free images, that you do have the right use.
Another tool for getting still shot screen captures is Snagit, by TechSmith. Recently, TechSmith released a Snagit extension for the Chrome browser, the extension is free to use, but it's limited within the Chrome browser. In order to get this extension, let's navigate to Google Apps, to the web store. Type in snag it. And as you can see, you can download this App, as well as the extension. Now, in the upper right corner, you'll notice a blue square with an S in it.
This is the icon for the Snagit extension. I'll click on this, opening up Snagit. You will notice a sidebar that appears on the right-hand side. I can choose to select a specific region that I wanna capture, or I can capture the entire screen. You can even record screen capture video with this extension, but we'll take a look at that in the next video. In this case, I wanna navigate to my Google Documents, which I am on, and select a specific part of the screen. So I'm going to click on Region. A giant yellow cross will appear, and much like the snipping tool, I need to click and drag the center point to create the rectangle which I want to capture, while holding down the left clicker.
So, I'll hold that down, drag it, and when I have the area I want, I'll release it. Once I release the clicker, Snagit will show me the screen capture and its size. I have the option to delete it, or click on the camera icon to continue. This is the image I want, so I'm going to click on the camera. And now I can add in several high quality effects. I could add in an arrow in any color, I'm going to choose red. And have that pointing to NEW.
I could also, if I wanted to, I could click on rectangle. I'll make a red rectangle. Put that around certain text to highlight that, and do the same thing with the circle. You can even add in text, and when you click on text, It'll allow you to change the font size, and the color. Keep that red, and on top, I'll click there and say, "This is where to click." Now, when I'm done, I can save my image. So I'll title it Creating a New Google Document.
And when I'm done, I'll click on the blue icon in the bottom right corner. I have the option to select a link that will direct people to my screen capture, or I can Download the image. I'm going to Grab the Link. The link has now been copied to my clipboard, and I can share that with whoever I want. In my opinion, the Snagit extension is the better option between the two we just discussed, although it does have its limitations. We just took a look at how to capture some still shot screen captures, but you do not have to limit yourself to this.
There are other tools that give you many more features, including the ability to capture a video as you navigate your screen. This can be a real game changer. Let's check these out in the next video.
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