At our last staff INSET in which each department had to talk about innovation within lessons, this was the last thing I showed off as the Spanish department took centre stage for use of technology in lessons. (it was amusing to see panicking teachers from other departments before this INSET, given that a number of staff here still struggle with email and word processing!) I had shown off Vokis, GoAnimate and Chogger first, but thought I would show Jing as it is something everyone can use. It isn’t a language creation tool, but actually a way of making videos of what you are doing on screen, or indeed taking screen shots.
I have used it a great deal since I found out about it in September. When pupils send me prep via email, I take a video of me marking their prep on screen, talking through their mistakes and explaining why things are wrong, and highlighting best bits of writing and so on. You have a maximum of five minutes to talk through it and this is more than enough to explain most things fully. The best bit of this is that you give much fuller feedback than you can marking by pen or just by correcting things on the screen, as there is a much more ‘personal’ approach. The feedback I have got back from certain pupils includes ‘every teacher should use this’, ‘I showed my parents and they were amazed at how useful it is’ and a number of pupils now do all their written preps via email so they can get more out of their feedback. I’ve also used it for UCAS personal statements with my Upper 6th tutees.
Other potential uses include showing pupils how to find resources (make a screenshot video of you going to places on the internet for example) or how to use other webtools (I’ve done short bideos for various web 2.0 tools already) and to create documents with screenshots of various things. All of the images in the first four blog entries were taken with Jing for instance.
Jing is free to download from the following address http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html?gclid=CNzGkf7ulq8CFYsntAodoHk9Uw . When you have downloaded it, you will need to open the program (it will be under Techsmith) and then a yellow half sun will go to the top of your computer screen. Click on the sun to choose the video or screenshot option and then record as normal. (Make sure your mic is enabled – the program will ask you for this the first time you use it). When you have finished, you have the option to save or to send to someone. If you choose the send option it creates an automatic link which you can past into an email. All of your videos are also uploaded to a screencast account, which gives you plenty of space for a lot of videos.
I find Jing indispensable, and some of the other staff at my school are now using it as well, having got over their fears of moving out of the 19th century! It makes marking a much fuller process and really helps pupils with the quality of feedback for their work.
Here is a link to a Jing tutorial to help you get to grips with it. Good luck, I’m sure it will be really useful.