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!
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.
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