"Jing is a screencasting software launched in 2007 as Jing Project by the TechSmith Corporation. It ... is free to download and use. The software takes a picture or video of the user's computer screen and uploads it to the Web, FTP, computer or clipboard. A URL is automatically created and can be shared with others to view or access the uploaded file. Jing is compatible with Macintosh and Windows. Its simple format and the ability to upload screencasts in SWF format for viewing at screencast.com has made it useful for virtual reference in libraries."
What Can One Do With Jing?
Jing is free software for screen capture - it can capture a single image of a section of the screen, or a video (with audio) of whatever appears within a window on the screen. This ability to create "screencasts" is very powerful, since faculty can easily create short instructional videos illustrating a series of actions captured from their computer screens, such as:
Since Jing is free and simple to use, students also can use this software to create their own screencasts.
Jing was first released by TechSmith in 2007. TechSmith is the same company that produces Camtasia and SnagIt - and Jing seems to have the basic features of each of these popular software packages. The Jing website provides a great deal of help in getting started. Here is a good overview of Jing:
Here are several YouTube videos about using Jing:
The Jing software is available for free from the Jing website (http://www.jingproject.com/). This site includes instructions for installing this software on the user's computer, and then taking a screenshot or recording a screencast.
The Jing website has a help section and a blog that discusses how to use the Jing software.
After recording a screencast, the user will be given the option of saving the file (in SWF format) locally or uploading it to the web. If the file is saved locally, it can subsequently be uploaded to the UIS eDocs site, and then linked within Blackboard. When stored on the eDocs website, the number of views can be tracked using the "logging" feature built-in to eDocs. Of course, the video could also be uploaded to other sites, such as YouTube. Jing also provides a direct means of uploading the video to the screencast.com website, and automatically provides a URL to link to the video on this site. Note that they provide this hosting for free.
JingPro is a more powerful version of Jing; it costs $15 per year and lets the user also capture video from a webcam - and switch between the webcam and the computer screen in a really nice transition - this approach makes the resulting videos a little more personal (but certainly is not necessary - the free version is very powerful on its own).
Review of Jing and Ideas for Using This Software in an Educational Setting
CNET has a good review of the Jing software.
Last fall, Prof. Oakley had a mid-semester evaluation in his online class, and then discussed the collected comments in a Jing screencast - a good way for him to talk about what was in the evaluation and what he planned to do a litte differently.
Linda Sherwood has a nice blog posting discussing how she uses Jing in her English composition classes.
Of course, any on-screen action you want to illustrate for your students can be captured in a screencast using Jing. The following section includes a number of Jing videos that Prof. Oakley has created for his CSC442B class at UIS.
Examples of Screencasts Created by Prof. Oakley Using Jing