Merry Christmas (a little early)… check out Jing!

Sep 30, 2007 by

Wow! I’m speechless! My hands are quiet on the keyboard… where to begin here?

The Jing Project is a piece of software developed by TechSmith (makers of SnagIt and Camtasia). Right now it’s free… that’s right, FREE.

It works on PCs AND Macs.

It allows the user to capture an image or video of the screen (your choice of how big, where on the screen, or which windows). Jing loads the material to the Internet and then assigns it a URL (pasting it in your clipboard). You can then use the URL in an email, IM, or blog to send the reader right to the image or video file on the web. Here’s an example of a math image and a math video that were recorded with Jing.

It’s not as sophisticated as Camtasia or SnagIt, BUT… it’s free, it’s simple, and it doesn’t require you to have any server space of your own… so … drumroll please… students could use it! Merry Christmas!

Of course, you can use it too… but do keep in mind that there’s no sound. Addendum: There is sound!!! Plug in your microphone and it will record that too!

I can use it in message boards that are text based (like on WebAssign) to insert images and video files… or at least the links to images and video files that might help answer the math question. I could video myself working through a short problem in MathType, or draw an image to accompany an application problem.

If a student is encountering a strange error in the online platform, they could record a video of their encounter and send me the link.

Instead of posting large image files in the digital drop box, they could just send the link to an image…

AND this just solved my LineRider problem too! I like to have the students who are studying slope create a linerider video with certain slope properties, but it was difficult to figure out how to record the videos… not now! They can use Jing to record the playing LineRider video, and then just send me the link in a message or email. Woohoo!

Now, someone ask “what’s LineRider”… and I’ll make my next post about that!

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  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for the link to your blog I now have another reading assignment to add to my growing list of blogs and web forums. I have added your blog to my favorites list!
    As far as jing – I wouldn’t want to base my online teaching on a free web download only to have it dissappear have way through the semester. How do you know it is dependable? or will stay dependable?

  2. Maria H. Andersen

    Well, I figure that right now the only thing the students have to use is standard screenshots and text-based message boards. Giving them a free tool to use right now to improve communication can’t hurt. If it becomes unavailable at some point then a) I will know if it’s worth it for us to purchase some kind of software like this for student use, and b) I will know if the use of images & videos on the message boards can be done effectively with student communication. If worst comes to worst, we’re back to where we are now… no images & video for student communication.

    Keep in mind that I have a copy of Camtasia and SnagIt for my own use, and that won’t go away.

  3. sally

    “what’s LineRider”…

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