T3: Screencasting with the iPad

Do you find yourself explaining how to solve a particular equation over and over? Do you need to demonstrate to a class how to use a particular website or database? Screencasting and interactive whiteboard apps on the iPad are good ways to share content and processes with students in a lasting, visual way. Students can also create screencasts to teach others how to accomplish a particular task or explain a concept.

There are several good apps for the iPad:

  • Screenchomp, free (App Store)
    Basic app that allows you to use photos uploaded to Dropbox in your presentation. Finished videos live at Screenchomp.com. You can share the link.
  • Explain Everything, $2.99 (App Store)
    EE allows you to create individual slides using voice/annotation/pointers and add images or other items from your Camera Roll or Dropbox.  You can share the finished presentation via YouTube or save it onto your iPad to email out.
  • Doceri, free (but all photos/docs are watermarked), $4.99 in-app purchase to remove watermarks (App Store)
    Doceri has all the features of Explain Everything. Share your screencasts or other projects via email, iTunes, YouTube, or Facebook.
  • Educreations, free (App Store)
    Educreations is a nice, basic screencast app.  You can only save your creations after recording so you have to create your whole presentation at once.  You can store your finished screencasts on Educreations.com but you cannot save them locally.
  • ShowMe, free (App Store)
    This is a basic drawing and recording tool (no text insert).  You can upload pictures from iPad or the web. Sharing occurs via Showme.com.

About Diana

Diana is the Reference & Instructional Technology Librarian at UW-Whitewater. She can introduce you to a variety of technology to help improve your teaching, learning, research, and professional development. Ask her about Zotero, tea, or technology. She is the liaison librarian to the departments of Psychology and Social Work.
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