One of the cool free tools that most of the librarians here at the Pollak Library use quite regularly is Jing by TechSmith. When I took a screen shot last week of a search query in our Find Books research tool, and posted this on our Facebook page, a student wanted to know what app I used to do this and mentioned that he had never heard of Jing.
So, using this week’s Tech Tuesdays column to share a bit more information about Jing seems like a good idea.
What exactly is Jing?
Jing is an application that allows you to take a screen shot ( “screen capture”) of your computer screen, or record a short 5-minute-or-less video (“screencast”) of your computer screen. Once uploaded, Jing then lets you share it with friends, classmates, students or colleagues over the internet via email or chat, embedded in a blog, linked to from your Blackboard site and even from your favorite social networking sites.
Although most of us at the Library find the free version to be sufficient for our needs, Jing also offers a pro version (view the comparison here) with extra bells and whistles for $14.95 per year.
The application can be installed on either a PC or a Mac.
When you install Jing, you must also sign up for an account with Screencast.com, their free content hosting service. From Screencast, you can grab links or the embed code to images and videos that you want to share with other people.
What are some common uses?
Some recommended uses for students and professors are:
- Record a short video screencast for a class presentation.
- Record a short video explaining a particular assignment, problem or discussion point.
- Capture a screen shot, then annotate it to highlight key points you want make about a particular website.
- Record a video screencast of a problem you run into on our website, or in our research databases, then chat and share it with a librarian for live help.
Want to learn more?
Watch this helpful short video for a better overview of Jing’s features and uses.