October 14, 2012 by alexandragreid
In my first year of teaching (as a wide-eyed though sometimes very exhausted Choir Director and General Music Teacher), I was introduced to a really cool and cheap-as-free application called Jing at a district music teachers’ inservice day. Jing allows you to not only easily take screenshots (for those of you who are still using PC’s), but also record up to five minute screencasts. The teacher who had briefly talked about this application was using it to create music theory tutorials using Sibelius software.
I was immediately intrigued, amused, and giggled like a schoolgirl. I was determined to go home that very day and download the software and begin to experiment with it on my very own Mac!
…and then, you know, lesson planning, repertoire selection, grade reports, conferences, switching schools, wash rinse repeat, grad school…
…four years later….
I’m particularly excited for this week’s DIY Learning assignment, because now I can’t put it off anymore! There are a number of educational extensions that which Jing could be applied: for example, when my BADER Consortium supervisor is a little confused on how to post articles to the main part of the site (even though I tell her I don’t mind, she really likes to try!), I can record a screencast in Dreamweaver so she could visually see the process and perform the steps along with the video.
When I was first introduced to Jing four years ago, it was a relatively new application, and there weren’t many resources outside of the developer’s site on instruction and troubleshooting with the program. Since then, there are a number of resources that I have located online that, if I were to run into problems using the program I could refer to, including:
- Jing Project Blog
- eHow Articles
- …and a BUNCH of Slideshare Presentations on Using Jing for Educators
That being said, I’ve always been the type to just “download and go!” So more than likely, I’ll do a lot more playing around with the program until I hit an insurmountable wall before referring to these sources. But it’s good to know that they are available. And if all else fails, I can always send a Facebook message to the music teacher who originally introduced me to the program, good ol’ Mr. Endlein!