Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 8 - Jing

Welcome to Day 8 of the 30 - Day Challenge!


Today we will take a look at "Jing"!

Jing incorporates tools that enable content sharing and collaboration through screencasts and screenshots of all or part of your computer desktop. While using Jing you can easily annotate your screenshots and save them or upload them to flickr, twitter, or facebook with a simple click!



Screencasting is very simple with the on screen capture tools. Specifying exactly what you want to show (full screen or any part thereof) can be controlled easily. With a 5 minute limit on Jing screencasts, all the videos remain short and concise. Screencasts can also be saved to the computer or uploaded to screencast.com. Jing will also give you an embed code so that the video can be placed directly into other webpages or sites like this blog.

Take a look at this overview video and see for yourself how easy using Jing can be.

"Jing Pro" does offer a few more useful features, but lets take a look at the free version and get acquainted. The great part here of course is that Jing (free version) is already preloaded on all the student netbooks!

There are many quick tutorials on the Jing website that may be helpful to you as well!

Here is some more information on educator testimonials on the uses of Jing at their school.

Your Assignment:

Click on the following link: www.techsmith.com/jing/

1. Download the free version of Jing.
2. Create a screencast.com account, you will be prompted for this after you download Jing. (This is required so that you can store your screenshots/screencasts on the cloud and create links to them.)
3. Capture a screenshot and test out the annotation tools or try making a short screencast.
4. Copy the screenshot/screencast to your computer or upload to screencast.com.
5. Share how you feel Jing could best be used in the classroom and around school.

Optional... If you would like,...paste a link to your screenshot/screencast as a comment to this blog post

In addition to Jing, there are other great screencasting tools available such as screencastomatic.com and Camtasia for example. You may substitute a Jing screencast with that of another program if you wish, but please provide a link to your screencast as well as information about the program you used.

Enjoy!

44 comments:

  1. I recorded a quick screencast using Camtasia and a Bamboo pen tablet made by a company called Wacom. You can see the different tablets here:

    http://wacom.com/en/Products/Bamboo.aspx

    Tablets aren't necessary to do a screen recording, its just something I use. Below is the link to the screencast if you want to see it:

    http://www.screencast.com/t/3X1xmxGBYZU

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  2. I've never heard of Jing before but it's definitely something I could see myself using.

    I could see using Jing to help teach students a new tool on a computer they might not be familiar with. This way, students could watch my tutorial before class so we don't spend class time on something they can learn at home from a video. For instance, if there is an online simulation, I can do a sample exercise myself so the students have an idea of what I'm looking for.

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  3. One more thought this morning: If you're a Mac user, QuickTime versions 9 and above have screen recording built-in...you don't need to download Jing to do the same. I mean, you still can, but its something you already have on your machine.

    @Molly - That is a great idea. I've done screencasts this year to show learners how to save documents to the GoogleDocs folders so they can use them anywhere. It helped answer a lot of questions all at the same time.

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  4. I have played with Jing before after one of my co-teachers showed it to us. It was really cool and had a lot of applications. The problem that I encountered was the limitations placed upon you because it was a free version. Camtasia works well as does QuickTime on my Mac.

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  5. I was actually introduced to Jing earlier this year by my husband. My husband's e-learning coach showed it to him. We were working on our son's school project. We used Jing to capture the Wordle he had made. This made it easier for him to share his Wordle with the class rather than scrolling through the saved projects on the Wordle site. I've also experienced Jing's screenshots when colleagues from other school disctricts were sharing tips from the Wireless Generation site.

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  6. I was just introduced to Jing by Brooke Wilke. It is such a neat tool and I immediately put it on my work and home computer. I am interested in John Wells remarks saying there are other tools that work equally well on the Mac. I am in the process of switching over! :) I can't wait to learn more about Bamboo pen as well.

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  7. I like the idea of screen capture for a variety of uses. We will have fun showing this to my computer classes!

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  8. Man, I wish that this blog had a "like" button! Molly you were right on my lines of thinking once I read today's challenge. I've been wanting to make some screen casts. I knew how to make a screenshot, but I had always wondered "how'd they do that" when watching a screen cast.

    I could most definitely use this in my class. I use a lot of tech tools and my students occasionally don't know how to use them. One in particular being Japanese IME. Once they learn it they know it, but those baby steps on installing and typing are always a bear! I'm going to try my first screen cast on how to install and use Japanese IME.

    I tried several times to upload the screen cast I made, but got an error message everytime stating that Jing wasn't sure of the error but try again. I even tried to upload directly to screencast.com. Still got an error message. If I can get it working, I'll post it for you to see. The joys of technology!

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  9. @Sarah - I got an error trying to upload right to Screencast today, so its not on your end. It might actually be the network, and not us OR the company. I would suggest trying it again at home tonight and seeing if you get a different result.

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  10. This would be a great tool to use not only with students but also with other teachers. Teachers are always asking me how to do something in a certain program and with this tool, I could create screen shots or screen casts and share them. Just as our students are often visual learners, a lot of adults are also the same way and actually seeing a screen instead of just reading about it could make a big difference. I've been using the "old school" method of doing a "print screen" in Windows, copying and pasting into Paint, and then editing/cropping it from there. Jing is so much easier!

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  12. WOW this is easy to use! I had it downloaded and created my screencast in less than 5 minutes. It is exactly what I need to make Aviary tutorials for my class. I wanted to have my students create screencasts Aviary tutorials last grading period as an assessment, but I couldn't find anything that was simple enough to use (everything I found would take too much class time, not something that works in a 9 week course).

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  13. I was actually introduced to Jing a few weeks ago by one of my students. He was able to show me what it was and how to use it. I liked it so much, I have it on my computer and have experimented with it some. It is easy to use. This tool can be used for a student that has missed a few days of school and needs to be caught up. You could also have the students use this to show their understanding of a concept that was recently taught. Even though you can only record short amounts of time, you can plan for that when teaching or reteaching a lesson. A problem that I have had on my computer is getting the sounds to work. I am sure I will be able get all the issues worked out eventually.

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  14. All of the comments and suggestions make me want to really try this! I can be a little impatient when it comes to tech "stuff", but it is worth the try!

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  15. Gertrude, Welcome to the Blog!

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  16. This is a great tool. I was introduced to it this year at the summer technology institute. I use this all the time to capture images for my Biology and Anatomy classes. I used it the other day to create a tutorial for my class to create a livebider. (Livebinder is a great tool to organize websites and files. check out Livebinders.com)

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  17. This would be a great tool for the students to use when they are working on projects. Those kids who need that extra push on projects could really use this to excel. I had fun playing around with this and can't wait to spend more time on it. Jennifer thanks for the tip on livebinder. I'm going to check it out too!

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  18. If I did this correctly you should see a picture of the love of my life, my grandson! Awesome tool. The students will love it.
    http://screencast.com/t/DJbtCf6d

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  19. Brian, thanks for the note on OmniDazzle from your screencast.

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  20. I like that you can take screenshots! I do my class notes on my document camera and can use this to share my notes with students that are absent or just to save to use a reference for next year.

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  21. @Plaswell - You did it right! Very handsome grandson.

    @Kris - Thanks...it's probably another one of the best functionality tools I've ever used...very versatile. I do have some other tools to annotate other files (PDF, pictures, etc) that are permanent, so you can print them out as hard copies. I can send you more info if you're interested.

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  22. What a neat tool! I have had students use the camera feature on ActivInspire to capture an image of a math puzzle or vocab crossword they have completed online, but this is much easier. I have also seen where a few of my students have the yellow sun at the top of their screen...evidently they have been using this, too.

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  23. I have always wondered how to capture a screen image! This tool should be helpful in the future when I am preparing a power point presentation. http://screencast.com/t/lWuhI91YwvPI

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  24. Wow. I really like this tool and the possibilities are endless. I can see myself using this to teach my students how to go through the editing process with the use of screenshots. I could even grade a rough draft and show the students a video of screenshots that shows them the process of reviewing and editing their own work. This would also be a great way to introduce students to knew programs that I would like to use in class, especially some of the tools that have appeared in the challenge.

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  25. Seems easier than using a document camera or camera shot on SMART or Promethean. I can see my students using this next week when we do our research projects on Ben Franklin and they have to research one of his inventions.

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  26. Thank you so much for this post. Jing is a tool that I had forgotten about. I heard about it at one point but did not jump in and use it right away and now I'm not really sure why I didn't. It is very easy to use and great that you can share the url for a screenshot. The annotation tools are are very helpful and easy to use.

    I can definitely see applications for the teacher trying to demonstrate a new program or even explain something that is not a tech related task.

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  27. I haven't figured out how i would use Jing yet at work, but as far as my community commitments (boards, committees, etc.), someone is always asking me how to do various things (use Dropbox/GoogleDocs/Excel charts, etc) and I can see using this tool to more easily share that type of info without having to set up a meeting or appointment with them to walk them through it. That way they have it to go back to as a reference if needed.

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  28. I have seen screencasts before and I too have wondered how it worked. I am still playing with Jing but I think it would really be helpful to explain things, send directions etc.

    Now that it is on my desktop I will be reminded to try it and learn more about it.

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  29. Jing looks like it will be a great tool to save examples from lessons from class. They could be worked out and saved so that students could access them from ANGEL later. I still need to experiment with Jing a lot more before I will feel comfortable with trying it with the students. I would also like to use it to show students to log on to certain parts of Angel or to a new website. I often have to explain the process again and again. I think Jing could help me out.

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  30. I saw this used at the E-Learning conference this past July. It looks very cool, I will definitely be playing around with it to use in my class.

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  31. I record myself working the homework problems out using a microphone and writing tablet. Then I post the screen capture to angel so students can check their assignments outside of class time. I also keep track when the file is accessed in angel so I know if they check their assignments.

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  32. I can definitely see this being used for absences. Or those time when your lesson doesn't go as planned and you need more time :) Just have a screenshot for the next day and you're ready to go! Pretty cool thing. I'll need to get this on my computer at school too, but I like it for home as well!

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  33. Interesting! I think I could use this to show examples and link them to Angel. Must have for showing math examples easily!

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  34. I can see this tool being used to create a "how to” for students to review as needed. This might be instructions for projects /assignments or how to do things on the net book. These could be posted in Angel. This would allow the teacher to do it once, but the kids could watch it as many times as they needed.

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  35. I have been wanting to use screencasting to introduce new parents to our school. Kindergarten parents have many questions about what to expect. If I could get them this information before school starts, maybe the transition would be easier. Maybe I will get around to doing this next year.

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  36. I learned about screencastomatic at the e-learning conference this summer and have used it several times in my classroom. I have had students view lessons at home for homework and then return to work on the assignment the next day. I was out last week due to a death in my family and left videos created in screencastomatic for the sub to show in class. I also post the videos in angel for students review if necessary. I have also used it as a tutorial to show students how to create a scatterplot with a trendline in openoffice when they were working on their best fit line research projects. Students say they are very helpful. I love screencastomatic!! Very easy to use.

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  37. This is a great tool to with presentations of new material for teachers. I am working on a presentation now of new strategies and plan to use Jing to help me with screenshots.

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  38. I was able to use this today to capture a live clip from Good Morning America. The official trailer for the upcoming Hunger Games movie was released. Our librarian also used a tool in Media Cast and it is on the site. Search Good Morning America and scroll down to November 14.
    The kids loved seeing the trailer. We are reading the book and it was perfect timing. I would not have been able to show it to all of my classes without this tool.

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  39. I was able to upload a picture of my youngest son but did not have video to share. I wasn't sure how to capture the screenshot off the internet.

    http://www.screencast.com/t/u0a85E6BF

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  40. Jing is a great tool so that students can give a tutorial of how to do a task on their netbooks. Many students do not know how to use all of the tools offered on their netbooks, this would be a great way to show the students how to navigate around ActivInspire, for example, or any of the web tools we are learning in this challenge.

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  41. Sometimes I feel like I am on the payroll for Jing- It is my absolute go to tool.
    2 things- we have used this in our class to create tutorials for use on projects throughout the year so we don't have to reexplain things 50 times. And I know there are many online tutorials for things, but there is something about being able to create your own and for students to hear you on the tutorial.
    My students are using Jing for all kinds of projects. They are creating the tutorials for content and easily transfering files by grabbing an image of it. Also, I use Jing images of their online textbook for reading comprehension strategies. It is great for annotations of text as well.

    http://mrsjankowski.weebly.com/how-to-videos.html

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  42. I can see using Jing for labs. Instead of repeating and demonstrating certain tasks over and over, I can create it for the students to access before lab and during lab. This could also work for hands on activities. I can focus more on moving around the room without having to stop and repeat myself to multiple groups.

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  43. One use in the classroom that came to mind was for a plant growth science unit. I took a screencast video of a time lapse video of a plant growing. Students could take this video and label it as the different parts of the plant emerge in the video.

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  44. http://screencast.com/t/oiQnGVewqX

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