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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Jing- Another Useful Screencast Tool

Today's Website~ 

●  Jing

Capture Your Screen (Jing)
What is it about?

●  Jing is a free screencasting tool by which you can record videos of your computer screen

    to demonstrate and explain the tasks (orally) you are doing on the screen to the viewers.

●  You can record your screen up to 5 minutes (free version).  And once you sign up, you

    will have 2GB of storage for free.   

●  You can catch images on the screen and write down notes on the images.  You can also

    select the area of the screen you would like to show before you record the screen.

Why is the content good for language learning?

●  Like all the screencasting tools (Screecast-o-Matic and Screenr), Jing is a simple, easy

    tool for teachers to give students feedback according to different tasks students do in

    class or outside the classroom. 

●  The visual and audio characteristics make the teacher's feedback, directions, and

    instructions clearer and easier for students to follow.

●  The feedback from teachers are authentic English.  Students can practice their listening

    skill.  

●  Learners can use this tool to present their work, too, e.g. practice their speech, describe

    a picture or comment on a video, or tell a short story (e.g. the photobook they create). 

●  The video can be shared via links or be embedded in your website or blog. The teacher

    can record the common problems or errors students might make and send them to

    students to reflect and improve their English, e.g. pronunciation, grammar, or writing

    skills.

How might you use it in a language teaching context?  

●  Teachers can use Jing to correct students' writing, pronunciation, or explain the common

    errors students make when learning English.  It can also be used to give students

    feedback and instructions as their visual notebooks.

●  Students can use this tool to do film-dubbing, picture describing, videos commenting, 

    story-telling.  And because the visual and audio are the main characteristics of this tools, 

    the teacher can have students work collaboratively using Mixbook, YUDU, Issuu, or

    Powerpoint to briefly introduce their works, and share them with their peers, friends

    their family. 

●  Before students present their works on the screen, the teacher has to give students

    some instructions, have them practice, and make sure that students are ready to record 

    and present their work.

Limitations~
  
●  Need sufficient computers and Internet.  Headphones are needed, too.

●  You need to install Jing on your computer.

●  You will need a "pro" version (14.95/year) to publish your vidoes to YouTube, or download

    the MP4 files in your own website or blog.

●  Even though you can save the videos in your Jing, it might be better for teachers to paste

    the links in the blog and provide a description of each link, or you can embed them in the

    blog. 

●  When students work collaboratively, it might be very noisy when all of the groups are 

    talking simultaneously.  A computer with only one headphone makes it difficult for several 

    students to talk in turn.

●  If there are too many students in a class, it might take the teacher lots of time to give 

    individual students feedback.

●  You can only record up to 5 minutes, so the teachers have to adapt the task to the time.  

    limit.  Perhaps they can have students divide the task into several parts (videos).

●  Learners can only save their videos in their computer with WTF format.  MP4 format is

    only available in "pro" version.

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 Example~

●  Here is the tutorial of how to use Jing from Teacher Training Videos. 


●  Here are some other ideas of how to use Jing from Teacher Training Videos.

  Teacher Training Videos-Ways of Using Jing

●  Check out the webiste.
 
Capture Your Screen (Jing)

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