This summer the HPU Tech Blog will be featuring blog posts from professors at High Point University who are actively using technology tools in the classroom. This is the ninth in the series, written by Allison Walker. Allison Walker is an Instructor of English. Here is her post:
Jing is my favorite assessment tool. Jing allows me to capture an audio and video “screencast” of my desktop as I scroll through a student’s file, commenting as I go. I can open the student file, the assessment rubric, and research all at once, highlighting important passages with my cursor. As an English instructor, it’s easy to find yourself drowning amid a sea of ungraded essays, and I’ve spent many sleepless nights poring over student work, in the vain hope that they will actually read my comments instead of just skimming for the grade. Jing has revolutionized my grading process, and students love it. This free, user-friendly platform saves me hours of response time, and my students find the personalized video responses more helpful than my traditional red ink. In half the time, I provide more feedback, and students actually listen to it. I can store the files in the screencast cloud, saving me loads of hard drive space, and I can even track views, so I know when a student hasn’t listened. While the storage is limited under a free account, I’ve used it for three years and only recently reached my limit. The unique urls can be shared privately with individual students, and a student can listen as many times as they like, pausing and reviewing along the way. The free account also limits me to 5 minutes, which is about as much feedback as a student can handle, and the time limit keeps me from over-responding. If you’d like to learn more about Jing Screencasts, check out this step-by-step guide, or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.