With the news released this morning by TechSmith that they will no longer be supporting the versatile SnagIt Chrome extension, educators (especially those teaching with Chromebooks) are scrambling to find a suitable replacement. Here are a few that can fill the void:
SCREENSHOT ONLY TOOLS
Awesome Screenshot is a tool that does what it does very well. It’s incredibly simple to use too. After taking your screenshot (delayed capture, selected area or entire page) users are presented with some simple editing tools. Users can markup the image, blur sensitive information or add text. When finished editing, clicking Done presents you with several saving options, including saving to your connected Google Drive account.
Lightshot has become my go to screenshot tool. Lightshot touts itself as the “fastest way to take a customizable screenshot.” It’s incredibly easy to use, click on the extension, select your area, quickly annotate and share or save. Users can save the customized screenshots directly to their computer or to a connected Google Drive account. What I really like about Lightshot is how easy it is to share my customized screenshots to social networks. Built into the tool is the ability to share directly to Twitter, Facebook, VK and Pinterest. Again, the name of the game here is simplicity and it doesn’t get any simpler than Lightshot.
If you’re looking for that one tool that can do it all like SnagIt could, Nimbus may be your solution. Screenshots and screen-casts are very easy to create using the free Chrome extension. Screenshots can easily be edited then shared to Google Drive, the Nimbus site or downloaded to the local computer. Screen-casts, however, cannot be uploaded automatically uploaded to Google Drive or YouTube. The only save options for screen-casts is to the local computer or to the Nimbus site, which is free. Nimbus just might be that replacement we’re hoping for.
SCREENCASTING ONLY TOOL
Screencastify has been around for a while. It is an excellent Chrome extension to easily create screen-casts in your Chrome browser on PC, Mac, Linux or a Chromebook. Users can record a single Chrome tab or the entire Desktop along with audio from either a microphone or sound from a Chrome tab. My favorite feature of ScreenCastify? Once the video is finished, it is immediately uploaded to your connected Google Drive account where it can easily be shared to the world.
Those of us that have been in the EdTech world for a while know that the best tools sometimes do not last forever. As educators, it’s important to never rely on a single tool too much because it may not be around tomorrow. Be sure to have multiple tools in your toolbox. If you have any other Chrome extensions or apps that you use for taking screenshots and/or creating screen-casts, let us know in the comments.