Tools: Jing

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What is Jing?

Jing is the "always-ready" program that instantly captures and shares images and video... from your computer to anywhere. And it's free.

  • Snap a picture of your screen. Record video of onscreen action. Share instantly over the web or email.
  • Elegant and simple, Jing's minimal feature set keeps the focus on instant sharing.

Why do instructors use Jing?

  • They use Jing to create a screen shot or a picture of what is displayed on your computer screen:
    • Show a picture of a diagram or process and add it to Word, PowerPoint or Sakai
    • Provide a roadmap to a part of your course for your students
    • Show your students how to make screen shots, so they can show instead of tell you about a problem
  • They use Jing to create a screencast or a video recording of actions that occur on your computer screen:
    • Highlight important or commonly misunderstood aspects of an assignment
    • Answer frequently asked questions
    • Give group or whole class feedback
    • Demonstrate the strengths of a sample work or project
    • Provide feedback for papers, projects, and assignments
    • Explain concepts and demonstrate how to perform math, science or computer lab assignments

How can I learn more about Jing?

Check out an intro video and/or screen shots/written instructions:

What do I need to get started with Jing?

  • Visit the Jing web site to download the product at home; contact IT to download on your work computer. Or try it out in Tech Center 952.
  • After you install Jing, you create a id, where you can store your video and share the link.

What do I need to create Jing videos?

  • Adobe Flash player installed on your computer
  • A headset, microphone, or webcam for recording audio (headset is best)
  • Computer speakers or headset to listen to audio
  • A script is recommended, so you know what you are going to say!

Check your Adobe Flash Player: Flash Player Help

What do students need to view Jing videos?

  • Adobe Flash player (free web browser plug-in)
  • Computer speakers or headset to listen to audio

How do you use Jing to create a screenshot or video?

Note: You can't upload Jing videos directly to YouTube. If you want to load videos to YouTube, use Snagit.

How do you add Jing screenshots and screencasts to Sakai?

Ideas and Examples for Using Jing

  • Here are Step-by-Step instructions provided by a science instructor who used Jing to answer student's "How do I.." questions Show Me! On Demand: Budget Friendly Instructional Videos
  • This instructor provides an example of student feedback he provides on a writing assignment using Jing: Student Assessment using Video Feedback
  • Teachers, trainers, business people and librarians provide examples of how they are using Jing
    • In the link above, in Solving the Brain Flush Problem, an Algebra instructor records short videos of problems she's gone over in class, so students can review the solution methods as often as they like.
    • In Making the Grade, from the link above, an English teacher describes how she uses Jing to grade her students' papers.
    • In the link above, in Stop repeating yourself. Say it again with video a librarian used Jing to record everything she did at the library web site, to help students and instructors with their research skills.
  • Here's a video about how an online instructor uses Jing
  • A Web Design instructor describes how she used Jing to give feedback on assignments and semester projects: Five Minute Feedback: Teaching with Jing
  • Here's a presentation/pdf about Jing with lots of ideas on how to use Jing with students: Using Jing in Your Teaching

Where can I get more information about how to use Jing?