How to Capture and Annotate a Screenshot

You may sometimes need to share certain things on your screen with students or colleagues. Taking a screenshot has never been easier. You can even edit it in a variety of ways. Here are a few methods:

For instance,

  • iDevice: If you use an iPad/iPhone and you would like to capture an image on the screen, hold the power button, and then press the home button once, and you will hear a click indicating a photo has been taken. This photo will be stored in your photostream (look for the camera icon). You can use the edit function to edit the photo, for instance, to crop it to the area you will need.

  • Mac: If you use a Mac, hit the keys “Shift”, “Command” and “4” at the same time, and then release it, you will be able to see the cursor turn into a cross/target icon, and then you can use your mouse or trackpad to drag this cursor over the area you would like to capture. Release your finger from the mouse or trackpad when ready. A file will be saved on your desktop with a file name starting with  the word “screenshot”.

  • Jing: If you use the Windows operating system which does not come with a screen capture application already, you can use “Jing” to capture what is in your screen and highlight, point or annotate. You can then save it on your computer to use in another application. Jing is an application you will need to download to your computer (Mac or Windows). You can even use to capture a screen video (up to five minutes).

  • Phraseit: If you have a photo you use and you would like to add some “speech/thought bubbles”, use “phrase it”, a web-based photo annotation tool. Upload the photo (it has to be 640 px x480 px in resolution”) and then you can add speech or thought bubbles as you would see in a comic strip. Keynote and PowerPoint may also help you to accomplish the same if you insert the photo in a slide.