Many of us know how to use the Ctrl Alt PrtScn keys (or on some computers, just the Alt and PrtScn together are enough) to take a “picture” of our computer screen so we can paste it into a Word document or e-mail to share the information with someone. I am sure most times you did not want your WHOLE screen in the shot, but just a segment of it. There were probably times you wished to edit some of the features you found, but were unable to with the simple paste version. Here is a way for you to accomplish both tasks.
Snagit allows you to click and drag an icon across the computer screen highlighting the exact information you want to copy and save. In addition, you can add text bubbles, arrows, pop up features for when a student or viewer rolls their mouse over parts of the screen, etc. You can place the image directly into a Word document, a PowerPoint presentation or save it to your computer for later use.
A really nice feature is that you can change the background color of the image. So say you wish to highlight something on a Website for a parent to view, for students to analyze, etc., but you feel the important features are not easy to read – you can change the background color to make the information easier to see and read.
You can also upload a video to Snagit. This will allow you to have a URL created for students, parents, co-workers, etc. to view information you would like to share in one easy place.
The good thing about Snagit is that they give you a free 30 day trial to play around and see if you like it. It works very well for the creation of worksheets and homework assignments. If you decide to purchase Snagit, it is currently $50; but that is for lifetime usage.
In conclusion, if you find just taking a picture of your computer screen is not fulfilling your needs, Snagit maybe be just the tool you are looking for.