What is Jing?
Jing is a free screen capture product.You would use Jing for two things:
Short narrated video (up to five minutes) of your computer screen.
◆ You can use a built in mic or an external mic.
◆ You can record a video image or a screen image.
◆ You can save your work as a .swf file (to be played with Flash Pro or the free Flash Reader).
◆ With Jing Pro ($14.99/year) you can save your work as an mpeg4 file so you can further edit it.
I'm thinking of upgrading to the Jing Pro, because I don't like saving my video as a URL at Screencast.com. I really want to put my videos on Youtube.com. I have one example of a Jing on my Wiki http://curriculumconceptmapping.wikispaces.com/ I used Jing to describe how we made our Wiki.
Annotated snapshot of your screen:
◆ You can draw arrows or add callouts.
◆ You can create and type into a text box, which will mask the image underneath.
◆ You can draw a box around a specific section.
◆ You can highlight a specific section with a transparent color.
◆ You can save your work as a .png file.
I have used this feature to put a box around an error message I was getting, and then sending it to my tech support at school. It was really helpful to be able to show them exactly what my error was, and how I got there. I'm thinking of using Jing to make comments on good student papers, then post them to show to the whole group. Examples of "what makes a good paper."
Why Would You Use It?
◆ Give verbal feedback on digital assignments instead of printing them out.
◆ Make narrated “how-to” videos for students.
◆ Use it when troubleshooting a problem you or your students are having.
◆ Jing makes it easy to add your content to YouTube