Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Screenshots made Simple

I cannot tell you how many times a day I used a screen shots to make my life easier. For math, you need to be creative in how you can input equations into Google Forms, Kahoot, and even our data system called OARS. So to help keep my sane and to not have students have to figure out if 3 1/3 is three and one-third or thirty-one thirds screen shots of equations I write in Google Docs is a godsend! 
Is this more clear? I think so!

Now it wasn't until recently that I found out there are different kinds of screen shots!!! Some are saved as a file on your computer, some are just saved to your clipboard. Either way, its is good to know that you, and your students, have options!

Here is how you can take screenshots or screen captures on your personal device.

Apple/Mac
  • Whole screen - 
    • command + shift + 3 
      • This saves the image to your desktop (or downloads if you changed your settings). to put in document select insert image. 
  • Partial screen (saved to desktop) = use 4 instead of 3
    • command + shift + 4 
      • This saves the image to your desktop (or downloads if you changed your settings). to put in document select insert image. 
  • Partial screen (saved to clipboard) = add alt
    • alt+ command + shift + 4
      • This saves the image to your clipboard. When you get to a document just use the shortcut command⌘ or insert paste. Note this does not work for everything (including blogger ;-P)
Chromebook
  • Whole screen - 
    • ctrl + switch window  or ctrl + F5
      • This saves the image to your downloads folder. To put in a document select insert image and find the file. 
  • Partial screen (saved to desktop) = use 4 instead of 3
    • ctrl + shift + switch window or ctrl + shift + F5
      • This saves the image to your downloads folder. To put in a document select insert image and find the file.
PC
  • Whole screen -  (saved as a file) 
    • Press PrtScn  or  fn + PrtScrn (if your print screen is another color you may need to click the function button "fn" to access it)
      • This saves the image to your screenshot folder under your pictures folder. To put in document select insert image.
  • Whole screen (saved to clipboard) 
    • windows logo key Windows logo key + PrtScn or windows logo key Windows logo key + fn + PrtScrn
      • This saves the image to your clipboard. When you get to a document paste where you would like.
  • Partial screen (saved to clipboard) 
    • alt + PrtScn  or alt + fn + PrtScrn
      • This saves the image to your clipboard. When you get to a document paste where you would like.


Now I also create flipped videos on my tablet it is also good to know how to screenshot what is on your tablet screen.

Apple iPad/iPhone - Press the power button and home key at the same time. You'll here a shutter sounds (like taking a picture) and the screen will flash white. Your screen shot is saved in your cameral roll in your photos.


Chromebook - Press the power button and volume down button at the same time. The image is in your Gallery App and in a screenshot folder. 


There are are also some amazing Chrome extensions that will allow you to take screen shots and even edit them. These are great so that no matter what device you may be using (if you use different types of devices at home/work) you can take a screen shots of what you need.


The one I've started using is Snagit. You can take a screen shot, even while scrolling, and there is also an ability to screen capture for a quick video. The biggest perk of this extension is that you can immediately edit the image and then it saves directly to your DRIVE! That way you don't need to clutter your desktop or forget about if you saved it properly. Everything is saved and no matter what device you are on you can access your images. What a deal!

I hope that helps you become a screenshot expert!!!!

~Mrs. Kondrick