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Web 2.0: Jing

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Jing is a software tool used to capture content on a computer screen. It can be used to create informational videos for the web. Aly Tapp, a technology support specialist and English teacher, created a video entitled, “Making the Grade.” It is a wonderful example of how an instructor can use Jing in the electronic classroom to enhance the student experience. In the video she shows how to use Jing to grade papers and give students individual feedback on their work.

Prior to creating the video, Aly pre-graded the paper she wanted to use in the recording and highlights the areas she wanted to focus on for the student. With the Word document still open, she launched Jing and started the movie function to capture the screen. As she moved through the document to each highlighted area, she talked about what she liked or disliked about that section of text. Jing captured the voice and images for the student as Aly gave feedback on the paper. Aly uses dropbox to send the finished video to the individual student.

The Jing software is extremely easy to use. The major drawbacks are time, size, and software limitations. Aly says it takes about 15 minutes for each paper she grades. As for size, when I recorded a short 2:27 minute video it was 12.7 MB. A five minute video may be as large as 25 MB. Dialup connection speeds may be a little slow for files of that size.  As for the software, students needed to have Flash installed on their machine before they can view the saved video. The free version of this software only allows a 5 minute recording period, but considering the file size limitations this may be a good thing.

Overall I would recommend this for anyone wanting to add a personal touch to their online classroom. You may not want to use it for every assignment, but it would be good for occasional or special projects. Keep in mind it can also be used to explain concepts. The video can be saved and loaded into BB9 as a video for the entire class to view. Overall thumbs up for Jing, screen capture software. You can download Jing free here.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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