A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output. It is also known as a video screen capture which often contains audio narration.

Jing is the tool we use here. It is a free download, and it allows you create a visual tour of how to create anything on your computer. Through a video, or series of pictures, you can take a video of what your are doing on your computer. It is a great tool to give someone directions for a "How To." For example, if you need to show someone how to add an attachment to an e-mail or edit a Website you can use Jing to make a video tutorial. It is a new, simple way to give directions through video and pictures. The video feature lets you narrate through the video. It also allows you to share it with anyone because it gives you a publishing link. The video will be published with The site allows you to create a free 2GB account. If you would like more space the site makes you pay for more bandwidth. It allows people to see what you see. You can upload the files to a server, or use the publishing link on a website.

Jing provides the user with a better way to give a presentation. As mentioned earlier, it is an ideal program for putting together a "How To" project, but there is a lot more to it than that. The idea behind a "How To" project is to keep it short and simple so that the person trying to learn can at the very least get an idea of what they are trying to do, and how to do it. One of the easiest ways of obtaining this objective is to create some kind of video. Jing does allow you to create videos, however it limits it to only five (5) minutes. This might seem like a road block, but it does make you watch what you are doing and you will create an overall shorter video that serves as a high quality "How To" project.