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Jing Project: Visual conversations start here


Jing Project: Visual conversations start here

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Free tool that allows Mac and PC users to capture and share screen shots and animated videos with other users. Instructors can use this tool to show students how to use software. Students can use it to help other students or show their instructors how they are trying to complete a computer task.
Technical Format: Flash
Date Added to MERLOT: December 04, 2007
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 07, 2013
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Submitter: David Wicks



Primary Audience: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Windows XP & Vista Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0 Flash Player 6 or higher 8MB of free hard drive space 1GB of RAM recommended or Mac OSX 10.4.9 or later Flash Player 6 or higher 8MB of free hard drive space 1GB of RAM recommended
Language: English
Material Version: 1.47331
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Laurie Tenzer
1 year ago

Laurie Tenzer (Faculty)

Jing is a very useful tool for showing online learners videos and screenshots of how to do something. It is especially useful when teaching computer science, web development, or design classes.

Technical Remarks:

Sometimes there are bandwidth problems with the free version. Videos can be no longer than 5 minutes. This issue can be avoided with a subscription.

Time spent reviewing site: Hours

Avatar for Angela Gunder
1 year ago

Angela Gunder (Faculty)

Jing is fabulous for having both instructors and students capture screen visualizations, but is highly limited by the amount of time for the recording (5 minutes or less) and the lack of the editing features of free competitors such as CamStudio.  Still, given the price tag and ease of access, it serves as a potential tool in the instructor tool belt for giving students another channel for dialogue and meaningful feedback.

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Avatar for Gary Ackerman
2 years ago

Gary Ackerman (Administrator)

This is a much-needed tool to educators today. It can be used to cue students to impoprtant parts of documents or web pages and it can be used to give virtual guided tours. The technology is easy to use, largely becasue of the minimalist design.

Technical Remarks:

Download to functioing in about 2 minutes.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
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Avatar for Jane Moore
2 years ago

Jane Moore (Faculty)

The Jing tool is one that I have used for years.  I find it so helpful in the courses I teach---I show students how to access materials in the online classes, I use a Jing video to demonstrate an issue to my IT's fabulous!


Time spent reviewing site: Used it for years.

Avatar for Cathy Swift
3 years ago

Cathy Swift (Administrator)

It took me some time to realize that all there is to this entry is the link to the Jing tool itself. There needs to be some instruction around this entry. Perhaps providing an example too.

Time spent reviewing site: too much for the effort/output

Avatar for Dorinne Banks
3 years ago

Dorinne Banks (Librarian)

I was disappointed in this resource because it was simply a copy of what could be found on the product website.

I love using the product, Jing, for short screencasts.

I think that this would have been a much more effective learning tool if it incorporated screencasts in the tutorial--demonstrating how Jing works.

Time spent reviewing site: 10 min.

Avatar for ahmed hosny
3 years ago

ahmed hosny (Staff)

there are many tools free web based like

Avatar for Patrick Davis
3 years ago

Patrick Davis (Administrator)

This is a good application. The free version only gives you a small amount of time to make your point (5 minutes). You will need to be concise when recording your video.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for norbert boruett
4 years ago

norbert boruett (Health Care Professional)

A very clear account on jing.The video explanation enhanced the explanation

Technical Remarks:

Simple,and most people with computer exposure should handle.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 min

Avatar for Jane Moore
5 years ago

Jane Moore (Faculty)

Jing is a remarkable tool that allows the user to capture a screenshot or cast. It's excellent to use in explaining technology to students or explaining technological errors to help desks!

Technical Remarks:

Easy to use on Mac or PC.
Time spent reviewing site: Several hours of exploration.
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