Week 3 – Jing/Prezi

Welcome to week 3. Hope you’re having fun so far! This week we wanted to share some great fun and innovative tools for creating presentations.

We present to you…

Screen Shot 2013-02-20 at 10.35.07 PM & jing

What are they?

Both Prezi and Jing are powerful presentation tools in two very different ways. Let’s explore…


Remember boring PowerPoint presentations? Well Prezi is a fun new way to bring life to your presentations, and is even used in the workplace for a way to collaborate and share ideas like an infinite bulletin board. Sound neat? Keep reading to find out more.


This tool is all about screencasting. It can be used for videos or images alike. What is screen sharing? Well what do you see on your computer screen right now? You have this page open, but maybe another window or tab is open, you have a mouse you’re moving around, and who knows what other applications are open. Screencasting is recording either a section of your screen or the full thing if you so choose, and thus allows you to share what you’re seeing and doing on your computer with others. Simple as that! So…

Why should I know about Prezi?

Prezi is an amazing tool for presenting information. Not only is it fun and innovative. But the tool makes the audience much more engaged with the material watching it develop across the screen. Prezi’s can be used for a myriad of presentations. The basics types would be teaching tools for workshops, conference presentations, and training tools. But libraries are also designing them for subject guides/LibGuides, library tours, and program and services announcements.

Take a look at some of the following Prezi’s to see how other libraries are using this tool… [Update 10/27/15 – Some Prezis were removed by their creators, and Flash embeds have become problematic.  We have replaced embeds with links, where possible. -Ed.]

Library Resources Overview:


Why should I care about Jing?

Jing, our screencasting tool not only records videos from your computer screen, but it can capture still images and annotate those images along with PUBLISHING the videos on Screencast.com How can this be used you may ask? Well do you want to share with patrons how they can use the catalog or certain databases possibly? How about a how-to for your own library website? The possibilities are endless with screencasting. Anything you want to show from your own computer can be done. This tool allows users to record up to 5-minute screencasting, and uploads it directly onto a server for sharing.

Take a look at this slideshare about Jing & screencasting.


Alright now that you know about these tools let’s get to using them!

 Activity #1) Create a Prezi!

    1. Create a free account at Prezi.com.
    2. Click here to join a collaborative Prezi for this module – how can you, in the library, and do you use new technology?
    3. Create a new section in the Prezi. Be creative! You can see a tutorial on the basics here.

There’s lots you can try. The following are some tips and tricks:

    • You can add images and YouTube clips.
    • Link to more material with adding hyperlinks.
    • Audio is a BRAND NEW feature in Prezi. To add audio to your frames (yet another feature that adds to the usefulness of Prezi for library presentational purposes) see the instructions here
    • Look to see if anyone else is editing the Prezi while you are?  You’ll see them at the bottom of your screen, just like in the image to the right.
  1. Connect your section to the others by extending the presentation path.
  2. Come back here and see your updates in the evolving Prezi!
  3. Write a blog post about your experience with Prezi. Additionally, how do you think your library can use the tool?

Quick Tip: When you’re searching for Prezi’s and you see this logo Screen Shot 2013-02-21 at 12.52.34 AMsaying Reusable, you can use the Prezi as a template and insert your own information in! If you’re already viewing the Prezi then, if it’s reusable, it’ll say “Make a copy” directly below the presentation. That takes the hard work out of designing and is great for libraries to utilize for their own needs.

Activity #2) Create a Jing

[Bonus exercise: Create your own Prezi (don’t worry it can be basic one from a pre-made layout) and then share your Prezi through a screencast with Jing. This fulfills exercise 2 as well!]

  1.  Try the interactive tutorial from Techsmith, the creators of Jing.

    • Mac 
    • Windows

  2. Next download Jing 
  3. Create a quick Jing video of anything you’d like to share.
  4. Share your  video on your blog by sharing the link.

That’s it everyone! Congratulations on finishing this week’s module. Looking forward to seeing you next week!

 This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Spring of 2013.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored and adapted by Danielle Wood with the Public Library Group for East Greenbush Library. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  Special thanks to Marti Fuerst and Barbara Carr for their work in which some of this module has been adapted from.jing


5 thoughts on “Week 3 – Jing/Prezi”

  1. I don’t know about my other friends at the the library but you almost lost me at – “remember boring Power Point presentations?” I don’t usually like to call myself old but I’ve never really had a chance to really delve into Power Point: I know about it, I’ve seen them but by no means am i bored by them since i’m not sure i could slap one together quickly! However, i’m here to learn so i will keep reading this module…

    1. Thanks for joining us for week 3. We appreciate your comment about the language used in this module. We will look over our upcoming modules to make sure we do not use language that can make folks feel old or uncomfortable in general. Thanks for pointing that out. –Perlita (Connect 2 u team)

  2. So…I created a prezi and I think it’s super cute, but it wasn’t easy to do. I’d also like to know if i can put it on my blog, not sure if that can happen or not so I sent it to myself as an email and posted it on my own FB page, so…I got that going for me! next i’m going to tackle the Jing!

    1. Good going on the Prezi! I’d love to take a look if you want to share it. I admit posting it on WordPress isn’t that easy. It took me awhile of hunting around for the right code to make it work. This is the code and you just need to put your Prezi ID in it…. it’ll look complex look for where it says “prezi_id” I inserted a bunch of ______ to indicate where the id goes. Delete those _____ and put in your id. To find your ID simply go to your prezi. The web url is prezi.com/ (a bunch of letters and sometimes numbers)/(your title) The letters/number are your ID. This make sense? Let me know if you need further help

      [gigya src="http://prezi.com/bin/preziloader.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="550" height="400" bgcolor="#ffffff" flashvars="prezi_id= ----__________&lock_to_path=0&color=ffffff&autoplay=no&autohide_ctrls=0"]

  3. Prezi definitely requires a learning curve, but I’ve been using it for a while and I actually find it helps me think about presentations in a really creative way!

    And I think Jing is an essential – sometimes something goes wrong and you have to communicate it to a support person, or you just want to show someone somewhere else how to do something and you can’t do it with text alone.

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