A screencasting program that lets you capture anything you see on your computer screen, as an image or short video, and share it instantly. Jing is a screencasting computer program launched in 2007 as Jing Project by the TechSmith Corporation. The software takes a picture or video of the user's computer screen and uploads it to the Web, FTP, computer or clipboard. If uploaded to the web, the program automatically creates a URL to the image that can be shared with others. Jing is compatible with Macintosh and Microsoft Windows. Users must sign up for an account before using the software. Its simple format and the ability to quickly upload screencasts have made Jing useful for virtual reference in libraries. On 6 January 2009, TechSmith released Jing Pro, a paid premium version of Jing. In February 2012, Techsmith announced Jing Pro is to be retired. All users (regardless of subscription) could use this service until 28 February 2013.
The functions and features that Jing support teaching and learning
Jing is a computer service that lets you capture basic video, animation, and still images, and share them on the web.
We can mainly use the video and screen captures function in Jing to support teaching and learning. For example,
(1) student presentation PPT preparation,
(2) Explain a difficult concept or idea in tutorial
(3) Highlighting of the important aspects of the assignment
(4) Feedback on student projects or homework
(5) Giving assignment, quizzes or exam tips and feedback
Some features and drawbacks:
(1) Jing takes a picture or video of the users’ computer screen and uploads it to the Web, FTP, computer or clipboard.
(2) Jing allows you to capture anything on your screen. It can capture the whole screen or just a specific area. You can drag the marker and that will allow you to select the area to capture. You can automatically upload screenshots to services like Flickr or screencast.com. You can even create a file from your screenshots.
(3) An URL is automatically created and can be shared with others to view or access the uploaded file. You can use the image tools to add text, highlight existing text, or add an arrow or a rectangle to annotate your capture. With Jing you can take captures quicker than with similar applications.
(4) However, one of the limitation is that recording is limited to 5 min and a low quality of 10 frames per second. Furthermore, videos are saved as proprietary SWF Flash files, making it impossible to afterwards export or edit the screencasts.
(5) The great feature of screencasting or to capture video is missing . We may need to narrate while we are recording in real time.
Tips for using the product
Strategies for Using Jing in Teaching & Learning