Songhai Concepts

Media Literacy/Digital Archiving Instructor

Friday, October 19, 2007

Desktop Photography

One of Window's best kept secrets is the Print Screen (PrtScn) key. Did you know that the Print Screen key is a high powered copy command. Pressing the Print Screen key takes a screenshot of your desktop and copies that information to your clipboard. From there, you simply paste the copied information into your favorite image editing program - Paint, Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc., then save the image as a JPEG file. Next you can insert that image into a slideshow app like Google Presentation, Zoho Show, Slideshare or PowerPoint.

For this assignment, you will need to take screenshots of the following tabs inside of your Personal Start Pages:

News Tab: (Netvibes, Pageflakes, iGoogle - take three screenshots)
Home Tab: (Netvibes, Pageflakes, iGoogle - take three screenshots)
Google Tools: (iGoogle only - take one screenshot)
Web 2.0/Blogs: (Netvibes, Pageflakes - take two screenshots)

Remember, your tabbed pages should contain specific content as per my 10/16/07 post, Information Islands on Your Desktop.

Take a total of nine separate screenshots of your Personal Start Pages in iGoogle, Netvibes and Pageflakes. (Mac users Press Shift+Apple +4)

Screenshot of NEWS TAB from Pageflakes

You must paste each of the nine images in Microsoft's Paint, Photoshop, or Corel Draw, then name the image and save it as a JPEG file.

Finally, create nine slides in Google Presentation and insert one screenshot image on each slide. Write a three to four sentence description for each screenshot. In your three to four sentences, talk about the information on each screenshot and the usefulness of that information in a paperless classroom.

H. Songhai


  • At August 31, 2008 7:11 PM, Blogger ebujak said…

    Hitting the "Prnt Scrn" button captures the entire screen to the clipboard.

    You may want to also explore using the "Alt+Prnt Scrn" button chord; that's hitting both keys at the same time, like the "Shift" key with a letter. "Alt-Prnt Scrn" only captures the current active Window; that's the window with the active focus, the one with the highlighted title bar.

    Another concern should be the resolution of your current video setting. Your captured image will be based on that. For example running 1024x768 True Color will produce large images. So you may want to reduce the number of colors or the size or other photo features before blindly incorporating the large raw images in emails, Web pages, slide shows, etc.


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