The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures

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January 22, 2015
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.

1- MonoSnop

Monosnop is a wonderful tool  that you can use to :
  • Capture full screen, just part of the screen, or a selected window
  • Highlight important details with pen, text, arrows and shapes
  • Hide private information with our blur tool
  • Open snapshots in your favorite external editor
  • Drop images on the Monosnap icon to upload them to the cloud
  • Upload your snapshot to our storage in one click
  • Or save it to your local folder and copy it to clipboard

Snagit is a Chrome extension that you can use to capture screenshots within your browser.The app allows you to annotate and customize your screenshots the way you want. Snagit is also integrated with Google Drive so you can save your screenshots directly to your Drive.

3- Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot allows you to capture visible parts of the screen, focus on a specific part of it, or capture the whole page. You can then crop your screenshot and annotate it using rectangles, circles, arrows,lines and text.

4- Lightshot

This is another great web tool for taking screenshots. Lightshot  works right from your browser. Some of the features it offers to its users include: cropping any part of the page, editing and annotating screenshots using arrows, boxes, circles, and text, saving your screenshots on your hard drive or uploading them to the cloud