Process of learning about the tool
I had downloaded Jing about a year ago on the advice of a consultant. And that was that. They told me I needed it, so I had it, but never used it. (How often does our staff do this?) One day, I was explaining a computer process (for the third time) to a colleague. I remembered Jing. I took a picture of the screen, saved it and sent it to her. Now, she just checks against her picture to see if she has it correct. Then, for my blog post on Diigo, I thought of using Jing video to describe the steps. It was surprisingly easy. Have microphone, can talk (lots). 🙂
Jing is a free download and install. Once done, you will have a little half-sun at the top of your screen, like this:
Scroll up to the sun, and it will present you with three rays, Capture, History, and More. More is the ability to change settings and preferences. History is the record of all of your captures on Jing. Capture is the focus of Jing! Click on capture, set the corner square to the edge of what you want a picture or video of, click, and then a box comes up with your options: Image, Video, Redo, or Cancel.
Image allows you to take a static shot of your screen:
As you can see, you are able to highlight sections, add arrows, boxes, and text. You can then save it to your computer as a png, copy a link to it, or share it to Screencast.com (a free signup), edit it in Snagit (a paid program) or cancel it. Once you have chosen to share or save it, a link pops up, ready to be pasted.
The free version of Jing allows you to record up to five minutes of video. Select video from the options after you have captured your piece. If you don’t have a microphone, you can still record a silent video. With a microphone, you are able to walk others through what you are doing on the screen. You can also use a webcam. I don’t have a webcam, so have not tried it. Again, when you are done, you can save it to your computer, share it via Screencast.com, edit it in Camtasia studio (paid program) or cancel. I set up a Screencast account and saved my images and videos there. From there, I can share them or embed them. If you can’t remember where you saved it, the history button shows you all of your images and videos you have created, and allows you to view or share them.
Personal use of the tool
Jing is a great tool for me to use with my 76 year old mother. She often forgets how to use her computer. I have created a folder for her on her desktop of Jing tutorials. She just has to open the folder, and she can watch the video showing her what she needs to do. You could also use Jing during Skype or IM chats, post to Facebook, or even use it to narrate pictures from special events.
Professional use of the tool
The Jing I created was a short tutorial on how to get the banner page off of our photocopier when sending report cards. Unfortunately, I did not save it to my Screencast account, but to a computer that I don’t currently have access to, so I used my Diigo screencast for this post. (Note to self: ALWAYS save to the cloud!!!). I then realized that I did share it via email, checked and found the link, so you can view my other Jing here. I have created a few of these for my staff, as with .27 library time, I cannot help others with technology as much as I would like. I am going to create a folder on our shared ‘P’ drive with Jing screencasts of common problems that crop up over and over again. I am also using it to show how to search for and check out books using Follet and how to use the Online Reference Center from LearnAlberta. I can put the videos up on the library website, and give teachers, students and parents 24/7 access to tutorials. I would like to use it to create tutorials on Web 2.0 tools we are using in our school and on how to use different search engines. Shelly Blake-Plock, in his quest to go paperless, is using Jing to mark his students’ blog assignments. Check out his example here. Leah A. Nillas, on her blog T&L with Technology suggests many uses for Jing in addition to the marking idea. Students can narrate pictures, record images showing work in progress, or (my favourite) students can record themselves completing a math problem and then submit it by email. What a great way to see students’ work behind the scenes and so get a vision of their thinking. Jing is a great tool to help assess those higher level thinking skills which are often hidden. Teachers can use Jing to record demonstrations, allowing students to revisit them more than once. Over all, a great site for narrating voiceovers of anything that can be done on a computer and sharing it with others.
Blake-Plock, S. (2010)Using Jing to assess online. In Teach Paperless. Retrieved from http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/2010/03/using-jing-to-assess-online-student.html
Nillas, L. (2010) Technology of the week: Jing. In T&L with Technology Retieved from http://sites.google.com/site/learnteachtech/technology-of-the-week/jing