Using Jing Screen Capture

Have you ever wanted to have the ability to easily capture an image of your screen, create a video, and share it with others?  Jing, a free downloadable computer service, allows you to take a screenshot or create a video of what is happening on your screen and share the product with others on the web.

You might wonder why you would need to download software to capture screenshots when your computer is already capable of it.  Jing gives you the ability to do more with your screenshots and easily share them.  Often, it is difficult to share images and screenshots through email, as some images cannot always be opened or viewed on different computer softwares.  With Jing, your screenshot creations can be easily shared to and from any computer.  Jing also allows you to edit your screenshots and video screencasts by inserting arrows or adding captions.  These are capabilities not offered by other softwares and allow you to further personalize your product.

Edjudo.com, a blog dedicated to discussing ideas about technology and education, covers the Jing software.  In his post, Jing “an easy screen capture tool”, Jeremy Alger rates and reviews the program from personal experience.

Jeremy Alger explains that Jing allows you to capture a screenshot, a still image of your computer screen, create a screencast, and share your creations with others on the web.   The screencast that Jing allows you to create is like a video.  The screencast records what is occurring on your computer screen at the time.  You can then add your voice to the screen recording to make it more like a video.

Alger goes on to mention other things you can do using Jing, such as adding text over your screenshot.  Jeremy also details all the features available with Jing and reviews its value.  Based upon its ease of use and wide variety of features, Jeremy rated the program 5 stars, the first perfect rating he had given for a software tool!

Links to math problem screencast

This screenshot will link to a screencast explaining how to solve a math problem.

In my opinion, Jing is a useful tool that is very easy to work with.  I was first introduced to the program a year ago when I used it to explain problems for my math class.  I had no trouble at all creating a screencast and adding my voice to narrate my explanation of how to solve a problem.  I then simply saved my video online and emailed the link to my professor.  I have since learned that the product I created is known as a mathcast, a narrated video screen recording of the explanation of a mathematical concept.  Later, as I enjoyed working with Jing, I lused it to create a screencast by recording myself speaking while playing a PowerPoint presentation onscreen.

Links to a Spanish project screencast

This screenshot links to a screencast created for a Spanish project

What I appreciate the most about Jing is the ease in which you can share your creations.  Instead of emailing an entire image or photo, you can easily save your screenshot to Screencast.com, from which you can share the link through IM, email, or social media. However, I also like that Jing can be used for multiple purposes.   Teachers can use the software to create video presentations to teach a lesson or further explain an idea, diagram, or picture.  The presentation can then be easily shared through email or on a teacher webpage for students who were absent from class or who need to review the material.  Or, like I did, students can use the tool to create their own presentations to show their knowledge or to teach a concept to the class, themselves.  They could then share the link to the teacher or other students through email.

Have you ever used Jing?  If not, does it seem like a tool you would want to use in your classroom?  How would you rate its versatility, value, and ease of use?

For further information on how to use Jing, watch the free tutorials to learn how to get the most out of program.

  • www.techsmith.com/jing.html– website from which you can download the Jing software to take and edit screenshots and screen casts
  • www.screencast.com– website where your Jing creations can be stored and viewed by others
  • Edjudo.com– website dedicated to discussing cool technology tools and how they can be used by educators
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16 Responses to Using Jing Screen Capture

  1. Chelsea R. says:

    Your examples were really useful to see how Jing would work. you made everything very clear and concise and I think that it would be very useful, especially when sending videos or pictures to others. thanks for sharing!

  2. Sara R. says:

    I agree that this is a very useful tool! I just recently was trying to add images such as arrows, like you mentioned, to a screen shot and found that I was unable to do so. So, I wound up having to search on the internet and use a site that came up in order to make such additions to my image. With Jing, that entire middleman could be cut out. Additionally, like Chelsea mentioned, I like how easy it is to share your work with others and through so many different forms of communication (e-mail, social media, etc.). Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tabitha C. says:

    I also used Jing last year for Math 208. I, like you, enjoy that you can upload and share the files to screencast.com because I prefer not to have files cluttering up my computer. However, it would be cool if Jing partnered up with Google to make it easily uploadable to Google Drive instead, since I think that is a more frequently used drive. I think Jing is pretty straightforward and easy to use. Thanks Victoria!

  4. Laura H. says:

    Jing seems great! It makes it so easy to share screenshots, as well as creating things that you want to share directly from your computer, like the powerpoint in the example given. This is a great post Victoria!

  5. Steph G. says:

    Jing seems really useful and easy to use! Screenshots on Macs can sometimes be tricky to work with, but Jing really seems to simplify the process. Your examples were so helpful, I really feel like I understand how to use Jing. Also, that’s awesome that you have already used it in a class setting and that it has been successful. Great post!

  6. Maria H. says:

    Victoria, I recently downloaded Jing onto my laptop and use it all of the time. Specifically for these recent blog posts, it is super easy to use and to figure out. This post gives me some helpful ideas on how to use Jing in a classroom setting as well. Great job and thank you!

  7. Sydney R. says:

    I too was first introduced to Jing in Math 208 last year to make “mathcasts” and found it super neat! It’s a really cool way for students to record their own voices and create screencasts to demonstrate their knowledge. Since I’m only used to using it for math purposes, I liked how you gave ideas of other way it can be used in the classroom. I will definitely have to keep them in mind for use in the future. Great post!

  8. Winna P. says:

    Victoria, this blog post was great! It was well written and truly explained to me all the benefits of Jing. I have never heard of or used Jing before but really like the concept of it. I will be thinking of different ways to use this resource in my future classroom. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Mary F. says:

    Like previous people have mentioned, I also used Jing last year in Math 208. I thought it was such a great way to be able to show our teacher that we understood what was going on and we were able to do our own little lesson and send it in to her. It’s great that you can add audio with visuals. I can definitely see myself using this in the classroom. Thanks!!

  10. Katie H. says:

    Great post Victoria! As other people have mentioned, I have used Jing for Math 208. I am somewhat torn on if I like this tool or not. Being able to take pictures of your screen as well as videos of your screen is very beneficial. Videos or images of what the teacher is doing can be sent to parents to help their children with homework. I don’t like the fact that it is somewhat difficult to share the materials created on Jing to other sources, such as embedding videos in blogs. I agree with Tabitha and think they should partner with Google to make sharing information easier. Thanks for sharing about this cool tool!

    • B. Taylor says:

      Hey Katie/all, When you post a screencast video to screencast.com, you can get embed code and embed it on many websites – pbworks for example that we use for our wiki and other blogging platforms (though not the free wordpress.com). Remember that Jing is free, and there are other products including some not free ones from same company (Techsmith) that allow uploading screencast videos to YouTube. As I mentioned in another comment, I used to have students create screencasts in Jing. See them embedded in our pre-lynda.com Fall 2009 Screencast wiki.

  11. Chelsea S. says:

    Great post, Victoria! I really enjoyed learning about Jing seeing as I never heard of it before! To be honest, though, I’m not sure if I would use it unless I was required to for a class. I can take screenshots with my computer and I usually use GoogleDraw to share math help with others. I think it’s an awesome idea though and I’m glad that I have knowledge that it exists in case I ever do need to use it in the future!

  12. B. Taylor says:

    I have two favorite ways to use Jing – both to help people understand something they are struggling with on their computers. Sometimes a simple screenshot is enough to send a confused person – to show what the screen looks like – but the best part is the annotation tools – highlighting, rectangles, text boxes, arrows – because I can direct the person’s attention to the appropriate part of the screen. The other way I have used it is to record tutorials – just like the ones we’ve watched in lynda.com. In fact, that used to be a project in my class – each student recorded a screencast in Jing explaining/demonstrating how to do something in MS Office – just like our narrators do in lynda.com. Once Elon subscribed to lynda.com, I dropped that as an assignment in class, but you will find many online examples of screencasts – many of the tutorials you all are embedding in your blog are examples of screencasts – recording screen actions and voice – even webcam all at the same time and posting the resulting video for others to learn from. Think about how you could record a short tutorial for your students to learn to do something – this would be great for elementary teachers using centers – you don’t have to be present for students to learn what to do.

  13. Angie E. says:

    Great post Victoria! I haven’t used Jing before, but I love Dr. Taylor’s idea of using it for centers in the classroom, as well as your idea to use it as an assessment tool. I know my kindergarteners rarely remember what they are supposed to do at centers without an adult. I can definitely see myself using this for my classes now and in my future classroom.

  14. Alexia M. says:

    Victoria, we were in the same Math 208 class last year, so you already know that I have become familiar with Jing as well! I, too, think it is a great tool to use, whether it be as a student or a teacher. I’m not sure if you can take screen casts that are more than 5 minutes, though, which could be a downfall if you are wanting to share a whole lesson with a child that missed class. I definitely plan to use jing in the future! Thanks for sharing!

    • B. Taylor says:

      It’s true that the free/fast/easy Jing limits you to 5 minutes. I have still used it at times and just done more than one installment if I needed to go longer than 5 minutes. There are other limitations to Jing – you can’t edit recording (perfectionists start over multiple times!), and you are limited in file formats (can’t upload to YouTube for example). There are other options from same company (Techsmith) that overcome those limitations, but cost money. See my Diigo list on screencasting for links to those and to other FREE alternatives to Jing for screencasting.

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