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Becoming a model teacher:

Using multiliteracies and 21st century skills and tools in your own professonal development

Image capture, screencasting, media organization/editing tools, portal creation


Unit 2

Some multimedia tools used in blended learning


In this hour we will acquire tools that I use to make flipped and blended learning sites like this one.

First you need to get the tools, then we'll explore how to use them to improve the documents you've already created.

By the end of this hour I want you to have created PORTAL for your own project and shared it with the group via the workshop tag.


Image capture


Image capture: download and install Jing by Techsmith

This is a free tool from the makers of the more expensive tools Camtasia and Snaggit


Why download Jing?


Jing allows you to take capture frames/snippits from your computer and either store them as files on your computer or save them to a cloud space. You can annotate these files before saving, and insert them into materials you are preparing for reports or teaching materials.


Jing is particularly useful when you want to create tutorials to explain things that you are doing on your computer.

However, the Jing tool has now been replaced by TechSmith Capture, a freemium product

The installation instructions below still work, but the direct link to download Capture (formerly Jing) is here



How to install it


Get it from:


Scroll way down to the bottom and find a tiny link to Jing (it's still there in May, 2021)

or just click on the direct link here



The following information about Jing has not been updated since the workshops were delivered in Jan, 2020

But installation of Capture is similar and the tool works on the same principle as indicated below


If you want to install it on a Mac, see these instructions



  1. run jing.exe
  2. accept the fine print and install
  3. Allow the installer to make changes on your computer
  4. When "Jing is ready to go", click finish
  5. Click Get started
  6. Create a new account
    • Give your email address
    • Write in the display name you wish to use (the name that will identify your creations)
    • Your password, but don't forget it
    • Your country (probably to give you the correct language)


When the Jing SUNSHINE blob appears, check your email and confirm your address

If you see this page, you can skip it https://www.screencast.com/t/LdGh0h5XzVgY

Jing is ready to use



Free alternatives to Jing




Works similarly to Jing, allows saving to disk or to a URL


Windows accessories: Snipping Tool 

  • Captures images
  • Save them on your computer
  • No convenient cloud URL available 




Screencasting / capture



For screencasting: Install Screen-cast-o-matic


Why use Screencast-o-matic?


This is a great tool for making tutorial videos of what is happening on your screen and sound card.

You can speak using a mic, and include your own image popout via your webcam.

It's quick and easy, and has an intuitive interface.


How to launch it (you'll need to run an exe file it downloads to your computer)


Visit https://screencast-o-matic.com/screen-recorder and

  1. click the BLUE button: Start recording for free
  2. click the ORANGE button: Launch Free Recorder 
  3. click on the downloaded file WebLaunchRecord.EXE to launch the app



AND ... it  launches. You're ready to REC



You might need to configure your mic, etc, but this is pretty easy!


You can save your recording on your computer and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and use / embed it in your teaching materials


... like this :-) To record the video below,

I queued webpages in different tabs in my browser and switched from one tab to the next as I narrated the Web tour:




Image organization and manipulation


Download and install Irfanview

This is a free tool which I have used for years. It's reliable and benign.


Why use Irfanview?


Irfanview allows you to see thumbnails on your computer organized by folders. You can scroll through the photos, open them, crop them, resize them, apply filters, and do many basic editing functions in one flexible interface.


This program is only for Windows. If you have another device, you'll have to use something comparable.


How to install it


Here is the main download page: https://www.irfanview.com/main_download_engl.htm

One of the options for downloading the program is Fosshub: https://www.fosshub.com/IrfanView.html

Choose the installer for your operating system. When you run the installer you will see the screen below

You can accept the recommended settings or use mine:




Click NEXT through the next screens





and when you reach the last step, you're done



Alternatives to Irfanview


Explore the images on our device using this tool or one that comes with your device. 

Report in your shared document what your capabilities are with your image browsing / editing tool.



Create a free portal space


PBworks is a wiki website creation site that allows you to create one free workspace under the basic academic plan.


What can you do with PBworks?


You can use this workspace to create a portal for your students to use to explore your lessons and tutorias, and link to other places they should go to online to submit their work or find links to more information.


How to get your free workspace


GET STARTED here: http://www.pbworks.com/




Select the free plan



In this next step you have to choose a unique name for your workspace, one that no one else in the world is using.

This name becomes part of the URL for your workspace. For example, I chose workshops2020 and the URL for my workspace became



So choose wisely, give a name and email address, and a password that you can remember



If you get this message, check your email and reply to confirm



In the next step you decide if you want a public or private space (visible to anyone with the URL, or only to people you select)

accept the terms of service, and go to your workspace



You workspace comes filled with text that's not yours

To make it YOUR workspace, click on edit, delete the text, put something else there if you wish, and SAVE your work.




Find out more about PBworks


Here is a link to a workshop, created in PBworks, about how to use PBworks in depth



Alternatives to PBworks


Google Docs

are great places to start a blended learning portal


is a Moodle-like space, but hosted, and more intuitive (because it's more limited than Moodle).


One of Vance's collaborative Schoology projects: https://app.schoology.com/course/2264046012/materials




Time to be creative


Augment your Google Doc or Etherpad or free portal space with content and artifacts 


Use at least one of the tools mentioned so far to add content to your Google Doc or Etherpad or free portal space 


Submit your creation


When you have


It's time for a break

In Unit 3 we'll explore how others create blended models of how to teach online that you can learn from and model for your students


Here's a sneak peek at Unit 3 - Continuing professional development through engaging in networks of other learners / teachers and communities of practice



These materials were created by Vance Stevenshttps://learning2gether.net 

for presentation at  ELSpecialist workshops and ThaiTESOL in Thailand in January, 2020

You are free to share-alike and with attribution under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

The date of this update is May 17, 2021







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