Yesterday, I had the privilege of teaching our class how to use Jing, a tool that allows you to easily capture any part of your screen as an image or video and share it with the world. I really like this tool, and I feel like it is one of the most useful tools that I have learned in this class so far. It is easy to install on a Mac or PC, and it couldn’t be easier to find once it’s installed. A sun appears on the top right corner on a Mac, and you simply hover over it, click capture, and you can select any portion of your screen. I love how many different options there are to share the photo once you have captured the image. You can save it to your free screencast.com account, save it directly to your computer, upload it to Twitter, Facebook, or Youtube, or simply copy the image to paste it into another program like email or Word.
There isn’t that much that I do not like about Jing. The biggest down side is that it is an application that has to be downloaded to each computer that wants to use it, so there might be issues in a classroom obtaining the necessary approval. Also, the videos that you can record have a 5-minute time limit, and they can only be saved as a .smv file. Unfortunately, these require Adobe Flash Player, which means they cannot be viewed on iOS devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads).
I will most definitely use this tool in my classroom! One of the ways I plan to use it is to have students record themselves working through a math problem step by step as a way to assess what they know. I can record videos myself so that students can watch them later as many times as they need until they understand how to work through a specific type of problem. Here is an artifact I made using Jing.