posted Mar 23, 2010, 9:01 AM by ccarpent%iwu.edu@gtempaccount.com   [ updated May 31, 2017, 12:14 PM by Dilyetna Gebru ]

screen capture software that allows anyone-student and teacher alike-to add visuals to online conversations. Jing can be used as a formal tool for evaluation as well as a more informal way of carrying on an ongoing conversation or collaborating on a project.

Download: Free Version

Instructional Uses 

General Uses: Jing appears, when open, as a small sun in the upper corner of the computer screen. To activate, simply place the cursor over the sun and three rays will appear, giving different options for use. Jing has two main functions: to capture an image of the screen and to take a video of the activity on the screen. After the image or video has been captured, there is also the option to annotate with word boxes, arrows, and verbal commentary (on the video capture), making Jing useful both in and out of the classroom. The captures can be saved to screencast.com, can be shared in email, im, or on a blog, and can be saved as a file on a computer. This makes Jing a fun, useful technology that students are able to relate to and feel engaged with as it permeates the boundary between home and school. 

             Example: screen capture of a paper with annotations

             Example: verbal explanation/video capture used to edit a paper

English/Language Arts: can be used by teachers to add a visual/verbal element to the editing and evaluation of student papers and homework. Also, Jing can be used by students working on group projects - screen captures of different parts of a project can be taken and shared with the rest of the group and teacher to show progress. A different kind of project for students in an English/language arts classroom would be to use Jing to narrate pictures and create a story to be shared either on a blog or in front of the class. 

            Example: first hand account of how Jing has helped with research/library skills

Foreign Languages and Cultures: can be used, once again, to help students make an easier connection to the corrections being marked on homework through verbal/visual corrections. Similar to the previously mentioned English/language arts project, foreign language students could narrate pictures taken either from traveling abroad or from research on a foreign country. Students who are traveling abroad could also use Jing as a travel diary of sorts, posting visuals on a blog page or through email conversation.

Mathematics: can be used to record teacher demonstrations of how problems should be done. Also, Jing can be used to record students completing problems on the board, which may be useful for the student to go back and watch in order to see where he/she ran into trouble with his or her work. Jing also presents an alternative to traditional homework assignments. Instead of students simply turning in a completed worksheet to be graded, Jing presents an alternative that allows a student to record himself/herself completing the worksheet and then is able to email it to his/her teacher. This alternative would also allow the teacher to see if his/her students understand how to do the necessary work to get the final answers.

            Example: first hand account of how Jing has helped a 7th grade math classroom (scroll down page and anecdote is listed as "Jing transforms 7th grade classroom") 

Science: can be used by teachers to record himself/herself giving a demonstration of a particular concept on the board for students who are absent or who need to see the lesson again. Also, Jing's annotation feature allows teachers to create concept maps to show students. This can become a collaborative project as students can add their own input and share with the rest of the class.          

Social Studies: once again, Jing can be used to give verbal/visual comments on student writing. Also, Jing presents the opportunity for collaborative assignments, which can be shared with group members via email.

Useful Websites:

Jing Project - the actual site to download Jing. Also provides video demonstrations and first hand accounts of how useful the screen capture software can be. Free to download the basic version.

Jing Help Center - provides video tutorials on a number of topics that may prove troublesome for beginning users of screen capture software. Very helpful.

Screencast - the site used most often to share captures taken with Jing. Basic account is free and uses the same account information as Jing. Easy to use.

Snagit - a similar product produced by the same company as Jing, but is only free on a trial basis. Has more advanced features, but is generally somewhat the same. From preliminary observations, Snag It seems more complex and less user friendly.

Tips for using Jing in a classroom - from a blog archive giving some advice/tips on how to use Jing in a classroom at all levels K-12. Also gives some troubleshooting advice.

Comparison of Screen Capture software - compares 12 different free screen capture softwares, giving pros and cons of each. This link takes you to the article which specifically mentions Jing, and gives an overview of the findings.