What is JING?
Jing is a brilliant software that instantly captures images and videos of computer screen. With Jing, you can create a video of every move on your screen and sound as well up to 5 minutes (free version). The URL of video and image can be sent through email.
The download address: http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/
There is also a video that teaches how to use Jing in details.
Relevance to Language Teaching and Learning
Jing is a wonderful screen capture software, especially for video making. Thus, it makes various possibilities in ELT area. Jing can be designed into task-based language classroom, or the instruction part of the classroom activities. Students can be motivated a lot by using it in tasks in groups, and in communicative classroom as well. Worth to mention that, Jing can have great revolutionary performance in feedback area, especially for distance essay correction, both teacher-to-student and Ss-to-Ss themselves. Jing can integrate all skills in language learning, as far as you are creative enough.
Possible Usages in/outside Class
As Jing can capture everything you want to show on your screen, it could be very useful in every area in English teaching in/outside classroom. I only give few examples.
1. Teachers could use Jing to make a coherent and moving instruction of every stage of tasks or activities, especially those may cause confusion.
2. In terms of teaching speaking or writing, the teacher could capture a period of movie or video online, and ask students to make dub or subtitle for it, or to make a story according to series of sights. Similiarly with pictures, the teacher would give first paragraph and students follows.
3. Little games can be made to remember vocabulary or grammar points. For example, the teacher could make video showing the new words and change in every 10 (or more) seconds. Then, ask students to answer how many they could remember.
4. As Jing is sendable, teachers could use it to make a list of vocabulary, grammar points, or lesson points and send it to students as preview or review of the lesson.
5. As to feedback aspect, distance essay correction can be made into video with the whole process of correction, both images and sound. Teacher could explain more with feelings by adding voice, and moving process makes feedback more clear and stimulant. Peer feedback about essays and tasks can also be designed in this way.
1. Videos made by Jing could only be 5 minutes maximum for free. However, teachers could buy the full version if frequently use is needed.
2. It seems that Jing’s video cannot be uploaded into Youtube website.