Create Engaging Learning Experiences with Jing!

So you want to create some learning materials that engage your learners, but don’t know where to start? Try this free little tool called Jing.

With Jing , you can create effective media-rich learning material, provide instruction, demonstrate how to use a web site or a software application, record everything you do and pass it along AND it couldn’t be easier to use!

Capture audio and screen movements easily with Jing!

Jing Project

Thanks to Joanna Kay from the Illawara Institute, I have been playing with a really cool, free Web2.0 tool called Jing.

So what exactly is Jing?

Jing is a free program that allows you to capture what’s on your screen (for all the visual learners out there). You can very easily add arrows and text boxes to highlight points of interest and provide instruction to learners. You can even capture screen movements and audio, which are outputted as a little video/ flash files (you’ll need a microphone/ headset), you can then save these to your computer, or if you sign up for an account, it will automatically upload to their server and give you the URL (link), which you can then email or IM to learners.

Sound like Adobe Captivate?

Yes, it’s a bit like Adobe Captivate, but it’s free. It doesn’t have as many features as Captivate, nor does it offer you the same level of editing ability. It does keep a history of the files you create and it allows you to store them somewhere else (which is great if you’re using the same account at home and at work) AND if that’s not enough, Jing has a Mac OSX version, yay Jing!

What does Jing look like?

Well, it’s a cute little yellow program that sites on your desktop like in the image below.

Jing Program

It’s easy to use. – Just watch this video tour.

Have a look at my first attempt – My first attempt was pretty ordinary, you can take a peek here.

Hints & Tips
* Keep your recordings short and sweet
* Script what you are going to say because you can’t edit it
* Keep your screen to a minimum size so everyone can see it!

5 Comments

  1. Hi Alex, thanks for the comment on my blog about screencasting. I have had a look at Jing. I even reckon that it was me who inspired Techsmith to create Jing. But asside from your link returning, I’m a bit skeptical of it because it doesn’t give you the file to upload to your own publishing platform.. last I checked, you get an SWF (?) I want an MP4 or FLV at the least so I can reuse it in different contexts and not only have it on Techsmith’s servers.

  2. meant t5o say your link to your Jing recording doesn’t go through

  3. Thanks for your valuable comments Leigh, yes you do get a swf file. You raise a really interesting point about having the file in a different format to use in otehr spaces.

    At this stage, I think it is a great little app for teachers who are beginners at all this Web2.0 stuff. I hope they use it enough that soon, they ask themselves about the issues you have raised.

    At the moment I am hoping to point people I work with to a quick and dirty solution to Adobe Captivate.

    I think we need to be able to store this kind of thing on our own servers within our Institute though, as you have said. DET will probably block Jing before too long anyway! LOL

    Thanks again,
    Alex

  4. Oh and, I fixed the link – thank you!
    Alex

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