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Fluco Toolbox: Taking Screenshots on a Chromebook

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever needed students to capture an image on their screen? Needed students to capture their whole screen? Or have students found that they can’t save an image and need to capture it?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: the keyboard shortcut to do just that!

First, the basics:

Name: Take a screenshot on a Chromebook
URL: N/A
Cost: N/A
Problem this tool solves: Allows you to capture all or part of the screen on a Chromebook

If you’ve ever needed to capture part of a screen on a Chromebook, or even the entire screen, there’s a special keyboard shortcut that accomplishes this. I use this shortcut often, and it’s how I get any training images I take while using my Chromebook. There’s no extra program to open, just 3 keys to press and hold at the same time.

First, you need to press the CTRL + Shift + Switch Windows buttons and hold them all down at the same time. Unsure of what the “Switch Windows” button is? Never fear! Check out this keyboard below. The key is circled, and can be found just above the “6” key.

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When the keys are pressed, the screen will darken. I have tried to capture this in the two images below, but it is still hard to notice. The image on the left is a darkened screen, ready to be highlighted, and the image on the right is the regular view. If you decide that you no longer need to take a screenshot, just press ESC to exit the screenshot process.

To take a screenshot on the now darkened screen, all you need to do is click in the spot where you’d like to begin, and then drag out until you have captured whatever you need. Make sure you hold down on the mouse button the entire time. Here you can see the difference between the darkened part of the screen and the part being selected for a screenshot:

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When finished, simply release the button, and a window will pop up in the lower right stating that the screenshot has been taken. It has been saved to the Chromebook’s storage area.

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Students will need to immediately access the device’s storage and move the image to their Google Drive. Files saved to the school Chromebooks are not permanent, and are deleted whenever the Chromebook is logged out of an account or is shut down.

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Need a visual? Check out this quick YouTube video:

(Do note that this video features a Chromebook that keeps work on it as long as needed. This is not the case with our student Chromebooks!)

 

Fluco Toolbox image created by Stephanie King (Fan) for this series. Please do not use without permission.

Fluco Toolbox: Extract Pages from a PDF

Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.

Have you ever opened a PDF document and needed to extra just a few pages from it into a separate file? Tried to upload a large PDF as a resource, when you only needed one page and had the site tell you the file is too large?

Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: Extract a Page from a PDF

First, the basics:

Name: Extract a Page from a PDF
URL: n/a
Cost: n/a
Problem this tool solves: Easily use this trick to extract one page from a PDF and save as its own file instead.

Today’s Fluco Toolbox is more of a trick than a tool, but it is a handy one at that. One weekend, my wife was trying to upload documentation from her recent Army Reserves drill. She had a copy of the sign in roster. The file was a PDF, and included 26 pages of soldiers who had signed in during the 4 day drill. She really only needed page 16, the one that showed her own attendance each day. When she tried to upload the entire file, the website told her the file was too large. I stepped in and began researching, thinking there had to be a way, and turns out, there is!

When you think of working with PDFs, you might think you would certainly need the paid version of Adobe Acrobat to extract a page. It would certainly seem like it, especially since this can’t be done with the free version. However, all you really need is your Google Chrome browser.

First, open Google Chrome. Open a new tab if you wish; it doesn’t matter. Then press CTRL + O on the keyboard. This shortcut will open the Open File window. Locate the PDF you wish to use and open it.

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Next, locate the printer icon in the upper right. Chrome sometimes hides this bar, but as long as you hover your mouse on the screen, it will appear.

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Once the printer dialog box is open, change the destination to print to. Typically, the default printer for your device appears, but when you change the destination, the option you are looking for is “Save as PDF”. Next, type in the page/s you would like to extract. Make sure you have looked at your PDF in advance to make this easier.

Finally, click “Save” and choose a new location for your PDF file on your computer. Once you’ve done that, confirm the save, and then you are set.

Save this trick for a rainy day. Life becomes a lot easier when you can create a separate PDF of only the pages you need from a large one!

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G Suite Teacher Resource: Graphbook

There’s no easy template available for online graph paper that suited my needs for Minecraft designing and pixel art, so I created my own. Presenting Graphbook, a 15 pg workbook in Google Sheets for those who want to design on the go without paper or pencil.

Name: Graphbook
Creator: Rachel Moravec
Description: Graphbooks are online graphing pages created in Google Sheets. Graphbooks allow students to use for any assignment requiring graphing, without the need for physical paper. It was originally designed for use with Minecraft. Graphbook comes in 2 download options- Portrait and Landscape. Portrait books are set up to print nicely in a portrait layout, and landscape in a landscape layout. Each book has 15 pages. Duplicate and rename workbook tabs to add more pages. Each page has numbers running across the top and side for easier design. Pages are 28 x 36 and 36 x 28.

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