Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Show and tell with Microsoft Snip

Microsoft has recently released Snip, a simple, yet powerful tool for adding annotations and voice-overs to images. Use Snip to take a screenshot or capture an image from your webcam, then use the drawing and voice recording tools to explain the content of the image. You can then share the end result as an image file or mp4. If you don’t require a base image, Snip also includes a whiteboard feature that can be used for drawing. Snip’s a quick and easy way to create videos for rich feedback or to help students or colleagues understand tricky concepts. You could also get your students to use Snip to explain their understanding of a topic or showcase their work.

How do I get it?

Snip is available for free for the Windows platform.  Download it here.

How do I use it?

Once Snip is open, it hovers at the top of the desktop.



The first icon lets you take a screenshot, the second opens a blank whiteboard and the third icon captures an image from your webcam.

Once you’ve captured an image or opened the whiteboard, you can access the annotation and recording tools.



When you’ve finished working with your image, you can save it locally to your computer or share it online.



Snip is still brand new, so expect a few bugs and missing features. However, it’s a promising start and I’m looking forward to seeing how this tool develops.




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