Wednesday, March 24, 2010

An Example of Jing Used to Comment on Student Work Online

Have been using Jing for about three weeks now as my primary form of commenting on student work. Here's a recent example that uses Jing's 'pause' ability to quickly jump between the student's work and online sources and resources.

So far, the reaction to Jing comments has been overwhelmingly in favor. In fact, both students and parents have been pushing me to produce as many JingCrits as my time allows.

Thinking about the future, I want to experiment with using graphics within Jing; and I would love to hear the experience you all have had jinging the net.


  1. This is wonderful. I have to ask how long does it take you to critique an entire class set of papers? How do you share the JingCrit with the student?

  2. @Debbie

    Takes roughly 5 - 8 minutes per paper right now. I'm still getting used to it.

    I would say that it would take me 20 minutes to write out the amount of feedback I can give in five using Jing.

    I have a account where I keep an archive of Jing'd student work. I send each student a link to their own feedback.


  3. I love this example! This format could definitely allow for much richer student feedback and tie-ins to outside resources, as you've demonstrated. I'm really enamored with its potential for scalability. JingCrits could represent an amazing time-savings for instructors, while providing improved student feedback in a naturalistic, emotionally supportive way.

    In an aside, have you considered using an audio-to-text program to rip text from the vids? It would take an initial time investment, but a few thoughts come to mind:

    1) It could visually demonstrate the difference in quality & sheer volume of individual student feedback from 5 min in Jing in comparison to traditional written comments.
    2) It could add a strong UDL component.
    3) Students could potentially integrate feedback easily into their own notes (e.g., search text for specific terms, create an individualized best-practice guide on a PLE/wiki from feedback, etc.)

    Thanks for sharing a great example - I'm excited to explore JingCrits and these questions at my school!

  4. can you use track changes in editing on student docs?

  5. One web based (no paper) system that does have version control for tracking changes is called COMARKER Also, Comarker remembers all your comments and makes them searchable, so you can give more feedback in less time.
    PS I am partial to it. I built the system. If anyone wants to set up an account to play with, contact me at this link

  6. Yup, COMARKER looks great, but Jing is free.

  7. Are there any other JingCrits you could share with us?

    Miguel Guhlin
    Around the

  8. I admire what you have done here. I like the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that this is working for you as well.


  9. It's good to hear that you are receiving positive feedbacks about this. Continue to do good.

  10. After watching your video, I started offering my students feedback the same way. Not all the time, but it is definitely easier! I think it's also very effective for my auditory learners. Got some great smiles from my kids.

  11. This is amazing. I usually spend an entire class period giving this amount of feedback. However, I do a lot of cut-and-paste with my feedback. I think this might actually take more time, unless there's a way to cut-and-paste video. How do you get around Jing's five minute limit?

  12. Hi Shelly

    Outstanding example!

    I'm writing a short intro guide to Screencast Feedback for our UK Higher Education users, may I embed/reference your video, and possibly quote a line or two of your blog? Full attribution given of course :)


    ps I will be checking back on the blog (subscribed) but if you could let me know by email - gavin dot brockis at bristol dot ac dot uk - that would be excellent thanks

  13. Thank you for this post. I've been doing a similar thing with my students. It's interesting (1) which students like screencasts vs. written feedback, (2) how my feedback is different in screencast form. I've found that my think-alouds are great for focus, organization, and quality of evidence, whereas written feedback, of course, is better for the nitty-gritty of conventions.

    1. Thank you for this blog. That’s all I can say. You most definitely have made this blog into something that’s eye opening and important.


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