I used Jing to create a screen capture. Jing is free Web 2.0 tool designed by TechSmith, the same company that sells Camtasia, the popular, powerful screen capturing tool. Users have to sign up for a Jing account to use the screencasting software. There is a free and premium version. Both versions limit videos to five minutes. For $14.95 per year users can purchase Jing Pro. With Jing Pro, you can upload straight to YouTube and Facebook with just a click. Plus, Jing uses the MPEG-4 AVC video format, which works seamlessly with other video sharing sites.
Jing takes a picture or video of the user’s computer screen and then uploads it to the Web or a computer. A URL is automatically created and then can be shared with others to view the file. Jing is compatible with Windows and Mac.
I choose to demonstrate how students access Blackboard and my website. This proved to be timely as I teach BA 100, Introduction to Business which is taught the second eight weeks of the semester. The class was just starting and I needed a way of communicating how a student could access the course materials and post to a discussion forum. I demonstrated using Jing how a student would sign into Blackboard and then once in Blackboard how to access the course website to review the course syllabus and course materials. I also demonstrated how a student would open the first discussion requiring them to write and post their bio. This short demo proved to be very helpful to my BA 100 students as most of them had never used Blackboard and it did help them navigate through Blackboard as well as the course website. The video was then posted on Screencast.com for sharing and easy access. Click the below link to view and hear my Jing on Screencast.com:
Screencast.com is also owned and run by TechSmith. Screencast.com is a great site where videos, images and documents can be uploaded and then shared. You can even embed images and objects and can be viewed in any format such as WMV, flash, QuickTime, etc. The free version includes 2 GB of storage and 2 GB monthly bandwidth and more is needed it can be purchased.
I found these tools to be extremely easy to use and a great way to put together a demo video for students in a very short period of time. This is a great tool when teaching online as a video shows so much detail about how to do something than an email trying to describe it in words. I definitely plan on using these tools in my teaching in the future.