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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.


  • http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
  • Take a picture or make a short video of what you see on your computer monitor. Share it instantly via web, email, IM, Twitter or your blog. Simple and free, Jing is the perfect way to enhance your fast-paced online conversations.
  • Jing allows you to:
    • Capture an image of what is on your screen
    • Record up to 5 minutes of onscreen video

Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, Jing can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:

  • The Student is the Teacher - Students create video lessons to teach concepts to classmates or even to teachers. Use this as a tool to review for upcoming exams.
  • Teacher Exclusive: Power Grade - Teachers can provide feedback in major assignments using Jing. Record a personalized video for each student much as you would write comments in a paper. It takes a little longer at first, but once you adapt, it is well worth it! This is great for distance learners, too!
  • Teacher Exclusive: Don't Forget - Teachers can use Jing to record the short videos showing the steps to solving complex problems and post them for students to review. This is great for distance learners who need that extra input that only the classroom can provide.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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