Jing is another product made by Techsmith that allows you to make shorter screencasts (5 mins or less) and to take still screen captures of what's happening on your computer screen, then annotate those captures. You can find out a little more about Jing at the two links below:

Download and install your own copy of Jing at http://www.jingproject.com/

Your Task:

Use Jing to create a short screencast that shows your students how to find and download the Jing software. Then use jing to take a screen capture of a website you use often and use the Jing annotation tools to highlight, label, etc. important areas of the page. Use the instructional videos below to help you learn to use Jing.


Get Started with Jing: Taking Your First Capture

Select an Area to Capture

Jing can capture your entire screen, a window, or an area of the screen you specify.

Capture an Image

Jing can capture and share images from your computer screen. You can annotate the images with text, arrows and more to draw your viewer's attention and make your point clear.

Capture a Video

Jing can capture and share videos (up to five minutes long) from your computer screen.


Jing's Buttons: Share, Save and More

What makes Jing especially unique and powerful is the how you can literally click a button and instantly send an image or video to a location. To better understand this critical concept, we've broken this topic down into two parts--an overview of the most commonly-used buttons, then some information for more specialized buttons.

What is Screencast.com?

Screencast.com is TechSmith's media hosting solution and it works great with Jing.

The Screencast.com Button

As soon as Jing is installed, your Screencast.com button is ready to go! Learn more about Screencast.com and what it can do for you.

The Save Button

The Jing Save Button functions like the way you're probably used to saving. Click Save, choose a location, and confirm. However, if you find yourself constantly saving to the same location, you can make additional Save Buttons that will instantly save your content to a specified location.

The Copy Button

Want to copy an image from your screen into an email or document? Jing can help you with that.

The FTP Button

Do you have your own FTP server or website? You can create an FTP button and Jing will upload your images and videos for you. In fact you can have multiple FTP buttons to send content to different folders.

The Flickr® Button

Flickr is a popular image-hosting site. You can use Jing to send images directly to your Flickr account.

Embed Jing Screencasts in a Webpage

Embed Jing Screencasts in a PowerPoint Presentation

The YouTube Button (Jing Pro Only)

Jing Pro can send videos directly to YouTube. Be sure that you record videos in MPEG4-AVC format. YouTube does not support SWF video format. There is a slight delay as YouTube returns the link to your content and processes your video.

Advanced Topics

Set a Hotkey

to initiate captures. Not only is this convenient, it makes things like capturing drop down menus possible.

Move, or get rid of

the Jing "Sun" Launcher. You can also make it so Jing doesn't start up when your computer does.


can help you manage and reuse your captures. Note that if you delete a capture from your History, it will also delete the actual content.

Restart or quit Jing

Jing doesn't appear when you Command + Tab or Alt + Tab between programs

Don't forget your students can use Jing to complete their own assignments!

Examples for Classroom/Student Activities with Jing

Jing Transforms Math Classroom
Jing was the most amazing addition to my classroom last year. Teaching 7th grade math has always been very fun for me - kids at this age are usually terrified of math and getting up in front of the classroom.

Integrating Jing into Digital Storytelling

Recording Student Work with Jing
You can use Jing for student assessment. Students can record their work at the interactive whiteboard and narrate their activities, then upload them to the website where you can review them later, this can provide really valuable feedback about their understanding of a concept.

Suggestions for Classroom Use (from Wickman, 2009)

  • Create sub plans. Create a screencast for your students which gives them instructions, directions, video segments or images, even a quiz…all in your own personal style. Screencast lessons are very easy for a substitute to administer and the content is delivered your way. Once you have some practice, creating a screencast sub plan takes less time than writing detailed lesson plans.
  • Create “Universal Design” lesson archives. Universal Design for Learning challenges us to teach in ways that accommodate awide variety of users, including those with disabilities. Archived screencast lessons: enable at-risk learners to review material; provide absent students an excellent catch-up tool; give independent students a way to move ahead; and offers homework help to all students.
  • Play a video instead of saying it yourself. Even when you are in the classroom, use a screencast to teach multiple sections of the same class. All classes will receive the same information and your lesson will be protected against Internet outages. The students will love the novelty, and you’ll love the convenience.
  • Capture a video from YouTube. Is YouTube blocked at your school too? Teach with motivational videos, avoid the difficulties of conversion, and score coolness points at the same time!
  • Record student presentations. Assess their words, not just their PowerPoint. Instead of managing a class and assessing presentations simultaneously, record and replay the presentation for careful assessment later. Allow shy or at-risk students to practice, record and play their screencast for the class.
  • Create a quiz. There are no doubt more, but here are a few benefits to a screencast quiz. When content is difficult to describe with text, use images or video segments in a quiz to help students succeed. Instead of reading tests multiple times to different students, record and read only once to English as a second language students, low or non-readers. Motivate students with visual clues. And…give your attention to students (and not the test) while testing!
  • Create “just in time” video tutorials for students, parents and staff. Screencasts (or video tutorials) have long been used by software developers and business trainers to save resources and improve comprehension. Schools have the same needs! A video tutorial might be used to: help coworkers learn a new technology tool or software program, teach and re-teach math algorithms to students and parents via a website, or communicate instructions to low or non-readers.
  • Have students make screencasts. There are many tools for digital storytelling, but screencasting is possibly the easiest. Simply show and tell with your computer. A wonderful, safe way to give kids an authentic audience.

from Wickman, L. (2009). What’s best practice when you aren’t there? Using screencasts (voice and audio capture videos) in your classroom. MACUL Journal (29)3. Retrieved March 17, 2009 from http://www.macul.org/site/files/09journalconf.pdf

Debrief Discussion