May 26, 2009
One of the main difficulties in web-based communication is that each person is looking at their own screen. Often, it is just so much easier to share you’re screen with someone else. Whether picture or video, Jing “adds visuals to your online conversations!”
Jing (website here) is a free download that lets you easily capture pictures or video and share them instantly with other people. Start by downloading the free program from their website (runs on both Macs and PC’s!). Use the easy menus to capture still pictures or videos right off your screen. Jing provides you with a simple link: just copy and paste to share your multimedia with students, friends, or family! Upgrade to Jing pro (for a fee) to share high quality video on youtube and other video sharing sites.
- Screen capture
- Hosts all the multimedia for easy sharing
- Instant sharing with others
Jing has a TON of uses. Easily show students, parents, or family members how to complete tasks. Create slideshows from pictures, or use it to collaborate on multimedia projects. Easily posts to twitter or facebook! Best of all, its easy to use!
We’ve started to incorporate Jing into our help-calls. Using Jing, we can quickly create a video walking users through a specific problem. Instead of sending the whole video, we only have to share the link through Screencast.com. How are you using Jing?
April 16, 2009
In the expanding global environment it is becoming increasingly important to make sure everyone is connected. Web-conferencing has become a vital tool for companies and other groups as a means to collaborate with one another without being physically together.
Dimdim is an excellent free web-conferencing utility that allows for up to 20 participants in each session. The host signs up for an account via their website and then can send e-mail invitations to other attendees. One of the greatest features is that the participants in the conference do not have to sign up for an individual account to access the meeting. All they have to do is click on the link they received in their e-mail and enter a name to be used in the session.
Some of the key features of Dimdim include:
- up to 20 participants
- Host has video sharing via webcam, while all others share VoIP connections
- Host can share their computer screen, upload a PDF or PPT file, access a website or create a whiteboard for collaboration
- Leadership can be passed to any of the attendees allowing them to share things with the group
- Ability to record meetings allows you to go back and highlight key moments from the session
- compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems to ensure that everyone can participate
So this utility is obviously useful for multi-location business but nobody else right? WRONG! Any creative person could find an effective use for Dimdim. The application particularly lends itself to the educational environment. For example, professors could host web meetings to supplement lectures and develop review sessions.
If this is something you are interested in, follow the link to the Dimdim User Guide