Jing is a free, versatile and simple screen capture tool that “lives” on your desktop – ready to capture anything on your screen, from images to video clips. That makes it a great tool for sharing snapshots of web pages, marking up those images, creating scrapbooks, and more. Jing, which you can find here, allows you to do many things – including creating up to a 5-minute video which can be saved to the free Screencast account that you set up when you first use Jing – or to your computer’s hard drive. You can view a brief “overview video” on the Jing page, which talks about some of the features.
When you download and first open Jing, it will create a yellow-circle “sun” desktop widget that your can move wherever you want to on your desktop. It remains visible above your browser for instant accessibility. You can access the ability to create a screen or video capture at any time by simply mousing over the yellow circle and choosing one of the smaller circle on the lower left to activate the cross-hairs that define your capture. Here is one of the better tutorials on how to use some of Jing’s basic features .
Note that he mentions you can also edit images and videos further by using another TechSmith product, SnagIt (not free.)
How can Jing help in a catechetical setting? Parish leaders, teachers and catechists can use it to create short videos to show parents how to register online for a program, or to show how to navigate a particular website. It can be used to create a scrapbook of resources that can be posted on a web page or document that can be emailed. Teachers and students can use it to share their work – because it makes screen-shots simple and editable. Take a look at TechSmith’s testimonial page for educators for even more ideas.
I personally use Jing regularly to capture and instantly crop images, especially those that don’t readily respond to a right-click “save image as” command. I sometimes mark them up or edit them as well through the tool. It’s simple and it’s always at the top of my computer screen. If you have comments or ideas for how to use this great free tool, please comment below.