Quick and Free Screen Captures
As students become increasingly reliant on the web as a source of information, it becomes more and more important for them to have the tools to evaluate, filter, and then retain the information they need for future use.
You can purchase applications that allow you to capture and annotate a portion of your screen. However, if you are looking for a free app that is simple to use and can be accessed with a single click, you're in luck; the boom in apps and browser plug-ins offers several free options.
Below are two screen-capture apps to help you get started.
- If you are using a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you can download Skitch from the Skitch website and use it to take screenshots and then annotate, draw on, resize, and rotate those screenshots.
- Once you finish editing your screenshot, you can simply drag the resulting picture into any application.
- If you are using Windows, no problem. Just create an account on the Skitch website.
- To see Skitch in action, watch one of the videos on their website.
2. The Screen Capture Plug-in for Google Chrome
A browser plug-in is a piece of software that you add to your browser. It lets your browser perform specialized operations that might normally require separate software.
- If you use Google Chrome, you may want to take a look at Screen Capture by Google.
- With the Screen Capture plug-in, you can capture a page region, visible content, or a whole page.
- My favorite option is the redact button. This provides an easy way to mask portions of a screen, just in case you need to blur sensitive information displayed on the screen.