After a second death of a teenager this year due to cyberbullying, there was a discussion on Twitter amongst teachers about screengrabbing. Screengrabbing allows a person using a computer to “grab” whatever is on the screen and save it as an image. It’s also known as a screenshot. This is especially useful if someone wants to save evidence of something as things can be deleted after damage is done. @magsamond coined the Twitter hashtag #screengrabThatBully and I decided I would make a simple animation to show people how to screengrab whatever is on their screen on a PC or Apple machine. Click on the screenshot below to see it in action.
For those of you who don’t want to watch the animation, you need to know the following:
- On a PC, press the PrtScn button on your keyboard, then open up MS Paint or some other graphics program and Paste the screengrab/screenshot by going to Edit –> Paste or simply holding down the Ctrl button and pressing V. You can then save the image.
- On an Apple, it’s easier, simply hold down Cmd and Shift then press the number 3. The screenshot should be saved on your desktop.
For those of you learning Scratch, this animation uses the Broadcasting tool extensively. For example, when you click on the cat at the start, it sends out a broadcast message to start the next screenshot – i.e. change the background image and get the cat to ask which Operating system you are using. Similarly, clicking on either the Windows or Apple Logo will broadcast another message which in turn will start another sequence of events.
Last Update: August 8, 2017