Basics - Part II

Technology Skills

Part II: Basic Technology Skills   basic technology

This is a wonderful opportunity to build some important technology skills and basic knowledge that will help you succeed in this 21things4teachers learning program. Some of the skills involve taking screenshots and using shortcuts.

You will be expected to create a Digital Portfolio to demonstrate your skills, showcase your creative work, and to share your reflections as you complete the different 21things. In Thing 2, Face of Your Classroom, you will be creating an additional online presence where the target audience relates to your educational role and setting. Examples of a target audience would be your classroom students, parents, and/or colleagues.


1. Screenshots

To document some of your work for your Digital Portfolio, it is important to know how to take a picture of things on your computer screen, such as a browser window, image you are editing, or application. Are there times you wished you could capture your computer screen to show others how to do something or provide more personalized feedback? Show me videos can be extremely helpful for learners, especially in this age of digital medium. A screenshot will be saved as an image which you can then add (copy and paste or insert the image) to your Digital Portfolio. 

  • You can click and download these screenshot  directions for the Mac, PC and iPad in this pdf document
  • Screenshots with a Chromebook (at the same time press and hold chromescreenshottakes the entire screen, and for just part of the screen you select chromebookpartialscreenshot)
  • Another handy resource is from the site which covers several different operating systems.
  • An alternate option is to download a free program called "Jing" by Techsmith for the Mac or Windows PC described below.

Video tutorial on using a Windows computer to take a screenshot (direct link to the video)

Video tutorial on using a Macintosh computer to take a screenshot (direct link to the video).

Video tutorial on using a Chromebook computer to take a screenshot (direct link to the video).

Jing Another Tool for Screenshots


You can capture your screen, capture a photo of something you want to annotate, or create a video of the steps your students need to follow easily with free Jing software, and make it available for them to see online. The maximum length of video you can make with this FREE program is 5 minutes. Jing does require that you download the software, which is why we provide directions as well as additional options in the thing titled, Blended or Flipped Classrooms. We suggest you go through the Overview video and short tutorials on their site.

2. Basic Shortcuts

There are many keyboard shortcuts that you can employ when you are using your device. Many of the devices have identical shortcuts which makes it easy to transfer back and forth between devices. Each device though has some unique keys which do different things.

Here are three interactive quizzes which will teach you the shortcuts as you take the quiz. Take the quiz that matches your device.

a. Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

b. Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

c. PC Keyboard Shortcuts


  Assignment: Take a screenshot of a favorite shortcut you used (e.g. copy and paste an image) and insert it into  your Basics document

Next Step is to move on to Implementation