How to save things:

Many of these free services don't provide a built in way to save images for later presentation or assessment without creating an account - something that would put you on shaky legal ground if you had students under 13 creating them! Here's a few ways to save what you see on the screen without having to sign up for anything:

Screen Capture on a Mac:
  • Press Command-Shift-3 to capture the entire screen as a .png file.
  • Press Command-Shift-4 to capture a select portion of the screen.
  • .png files can be cropped/edited in "Preview," the default program for opening images on a Mac.
  • Also compatible with any reliable image editor/viewer.
Screen Capture on a PC:
  • Press the "Print Screen" key on your keyboard.
  • Open any image editor. (I prefer GIMP, but MS Paint, PowerPoint, and even Word will work in a pinch.)
  • In GIMP, go to "File," then "Create," then "From Clipboard." Crop, edit, and save as you see fit.
  • In any other editor, go to "Edit," then "Paste." Crop, edit, and save as you see fit.
Video Capture on a Mac (Snow Leopard only!)
  • Open QuickTime Player
  • Go to "File" and select "New Screen Recording."
  • Click the little triangle to set your default microphone preference if you want to record sound.
  • Push the shiny red button!
  • Look in your menu bar for a spot to click when you're done recording.
  • File is saved in your "Movies" folder.
Video Capture on a pre-Snow Leopard Mac
  • Download and run CamTwist.
  • CamTwist does not record anything, but allows you to turn your screen (and a few other things) into a "Camera" that is recognizable by iMovie, UStream, and a few other services.
  • Double-Click on "Desktop" or "Desktop+," modify your settings as you see fit.
  • Open iMovie and tell it to record using the "CamTwist" camera.
Video Capture on Windows