What is Jing?Jing is a tool that makes communicating with [clients, students, teachers, colleagues, friends] a lot easier and more efficient.Maybe you’ve tried to help someone using just words over the phone. Maybe you’ve been involved in endless chains of wordy emails where it became clear people didn’t really understand what each other were getting at. Jing introduces a visual aspect to your online conversation – by allowing you to ‘take what’s on your screen and easily show it to someone else’. Let’s take a closer look at how Jing works and why you might use it?
What is Jing?Jing is a tool that makes communicating with [clients, students, teachers, colleagues, friends] a lot easier and more efficient.It introduces a visual aspect to your online conversation – by allowing you to ‘take what’s on your screen and easily show it to someone else’. Why would you use Jing? –Let’s take a closer look at how Jing works.
The truth of the matter is that for most of what educators want to do with Jing—the free version suffices nicely.--record videos--annotate images--share videos and images
As long as you don’t care about the Jing branding or want to put videos on YouTube, you’re in good shape. It’s important to note that even Jing Pro is limited to 5-minute recordings. Two popular Pro features for some educators include the webcam integration and if you plan on editing video, MP4 is much more widely accepted than the SWF video created with the free version of Jing.(Note: One reason MP4 video isn’t in the free version of Jing is because unlike SWF, MP4 is not royalty-free .)
1. With Jing, you can take an image snapshot of your entire screen, or of a region of your screen.2. You can further explain the image with arrows and text.
Here is an example of an image capture. Notice how the teacher added arrows and text to explain the graph? You might wish to show an example from your collection instead.
If an image is not enough, you can show a series of steps by creating a video of what is happening on your screen. The videos can be up to 5 minutes in length. This is true for both the free and Pro versions of Jing.You can record audio with a microphone so you can explain the steps as you are completing them.
Here is a short example of a video created with Jing. In this case, the professor is showing one part of a multiple-part instructional series helping students learn to create better tables in Word. A little background: This is from Professor Mark Joyce from the Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. This video was part of a Word document that contained text and images to help his college students create better tables, primarily used for math education. Various Jing links spread among the instructional material added extreme clarity for particular operations. It might be nice to show a video you made instead of our example.
After you create the content, you still have to get it to your coworkers, colleagues, students or clients. Jing allows you to save your file to your computer, but there are much better ways to share your content with others. The fastest & easiest way is to use Screencast.com.
So… how does this work?There are two parts to it. The first part is to capture what you want to show. Once that is done, you click the “Share via Screencast.com” button. Jing uploads the video/image and returns a link. You can then paste that URL into an email, message board or IM. All the other person has to do is to click the link and they will see the content. The other parts happens behind the scenes. When you click the “Share via screencast.com” button, your capture is uploaded to your account on screencast.com. When the viewer clicks on the link, they are taken to a special page where your content is displayed. This account is free and private, so you don’t have to worry about others seeing your content (unless you want them to).
What makes Screencast better than sharing it in other ways?You get a link to your content you can put just about anywhere (message board, email, IM, forum, blog – you name it)You can configure Jing to give you Embed Code – so you can embed your content on your own pages, like blackboard, a ning-site or a blogYou’re in control of your Screencast.com account—and it’s very private (student feedback stays confidential)Emailing videos and images as attachments can clog up people’s email
In the past, creating videos often took a lot of knowledge, expense and time. With Jing and its ability to quickly create and share screencasts and images, you have quite the powerful communication tool. You can provide more engaging, fun and informative videos. This ability to communicate visually helps to provide clearer instructions, better feedback, and just plain enrich your conversations.
® JingA visual communication tool Joe and Jane Presenter JingTown College June 18th, 2010
Been There?You’ve tried to explain something to someone and they’re just not getting it?“Click by the orange-ish ball thing…oh, well what screen are you on? What do you see in the bottom left corner?”
What is Jing?Jing is software that makes communicating so much easier• Share images and videos• Use Jing on a Mac or PC• It’s easy, and even fun to use• Made by TechSmith (same people who make Camtasia and Snagit)
Free and Pro VersionsMost educators (and students) use the free version of JingThe free version is extremely functional and never expires• Same video recording length (5 min)• Same image annotation tools• Same sharing options (except for YouTube)• Same storage and bandwidth limits
Jing Pro HighlightsThere is a Pro version for $14.95/year that:• Creates videos in a more standard format (MP4) – Better at capturing motion – Smaller file size – Can edit in many 3rd-party software apps• Removes the Jing branding• Sends videos to YouTube• Webcam integration
Jing Video Example• Play included sample video called Mark Joyce.swf included in the Presenter Materials or create your own video!• Note that if the SWF doesn’t open on your computer, drag it into a web browser.
Some ways you could use Jing• Show off a website or software feature• Help students learn to perform specific tasks – Find assignments on Blackboard – How to turn in Homework – Lab instructions• Provide feedback on assignments• Have students create their own content Easily show & explain ANYTHING that happens on your computer screen
How to Get Your Content to Others• Save to your computer• Copy an image into an email• Upload to Twitter or Facebook• More… But maybe the best way to share is to use Screencast.com
How does Jing work?Graphic: Maria Andersenhttp://teachingcollegemath.com/?cat=20
Why Use Screencast.com?• You get a link to your content you can put just about anywhere• You can configure Jing to give you Embed Code – so you can embed your content on your own pages, like blackboard• You’re in control of your Screencast.com account—and it’s very private• People can easily review the content a second time (they just have to click on the link again)• Emailing videos and images as attachments can clog up people’s email
Screencasts and Image Captures…Powerful communication toolsUse them to give better instructionsMore engaging for audienceEasy to create & share
And that’s Jing! Visit http://www.jingproject.com to download Jing, learn how to use it and more.Presented by Joe and Jane Presenter on May 18th 2010 at JingTown College.