Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Snip; a free screenshot tool from Microsoft

Making tutorials for my students and other colleagues is a daily activity as a teacher. I already use Snagit program that helps me to capture my screen, add my annotations, and then save it as an image file. For many years, it works well with me. However, one needs more. That's why I share with you a free screenshot tool from Microsoft called Snip with many other fabulous features. 

Why Snip?
  1. It is completely free.
  2. It is easy to use. 
  3. It suits students' multiple intelligences as it involves audio, visual, and drawing features. 
  4. Once you download it, you don't need an internet access as you can use it offline.
  5.  You can add annotations and draw using the pen with a variety of colors and sizes.
  6. You can narrate or record your voice on the snipped shot.
  7. When you finish, you can copy and past it to your documents, share it via e-mail, embed  it into websites and blogs, and save it as an MP4 video.
    How to get started?
    • Download the tool from this website: https://mix.office.com/Snip
    • To get started, you have 3 easy steps to do. Please, see the video below:

      What is used for?
      1. Teachers can use it to create easy-to-follow tutorials for their students, especially who are sick or absent. 
      2. Teachers can use it to create video announcements for students and embed them into the class blog, wiki, or website.
      3. Teachers can use it to flip their classrooms by creating video-based lessons for students to watch at home spending the class time in practice and asking questions.
      4. Teachers can use it to help their colleagues when learning new tools. 
      5. Shy students can use it to get their voices heard either by asking or answering questions.
      6. Students can use it to help each other.
      7. Students can use it  to present and showcase their projects.
      8. Students can use it to introduce themselves by using the webcam snip, then saving it as an MP4 video. 
      9. Students can use it to create a summary reflecting on what they have learned during lessons. 
      These are some of what it can be done using Snip.
      If you have any other ideas, please share! 

      For a detailed visual description, please read the resource below: 
                Happy snipping!

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