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One of the most useful tools in the teacher’s toolbox is the “Snipping Tool”. The snipping tool was released with Windows 7 and allows you to take a “snip” of anything on your computer. You can access the snipping tool by using the search bar in the start menu or by following the pathway Start Menu>All Programs>Accessories>Snipping Tool
The snipping tool works great to capture all or part of your screen. In fact, almost all of the pictures used in this blog were captured using the snipping tool. The ideal time to use the snipping tool is when right click (to save an image) is disabled or you only want a specific part of an image.
For example, here’s a picture of the water cycle, taken from the web by the traditional right click>save as route:
Now, we have focused on a specific part of the larger image. As part of an interactive (SMART Board) activity, you could take “snips” of each section of a poster like this, mix them up, and then have your students arrange the “snips” in the correct positions.