I’ve been playing around a lot with my iPad 2 lately and exploring different ways that I can incorporate the device into my teaching. I teach instructional technology to preservice teachers and utilize screencasting with my students. I typically use Jing and Screenflow on my laptop and was hoping to find a similar app for the iPad to demonstrate app usage to my students. While there is no easy screencasting solution for the iPad at this time, I found three great apps that would be excellent tools for capturing lessons. Consider using the apps to record a lecture and having your students watch the lecture BEFORE class. You can then use class time in other ways. Maybe the students could discuss the material in small groups or debate different concepts addressed in the lesson. This process is called “flipping the classroom” and is gaining some popularity with educators. In a flipped classroom, students attend to record lectures on their own (and at their own pace) and come to class to collaborate with their classmates and socially construct meaning of the content. “Flipping the classroom” changes the role of the instructor from someone who delivers of information to someone who facilitates learning. To get started, consider using one of these apps.
In its easy-to-use interface, Screen Chomp offers a white erase board and several markers. Users can import photos from the Camera Roll but cannot pull in Powerpoint or Keynote slides. Though it is limited in its functionality, it would be great tool to create a lesson that walks through a math problem or for annotating some diagram. Screen Chomp is free on the App Store and it would be ideal for younger children who want to record a story or for anyone to create and capture short lessons. My only criticism is how Screen Chomp shares its captured lessons online. Users can only share their Screen Chomps at www.screenchomp.com or through a Facebook account. To see how Screen Chomp works, check out the following tutorial:
Like Screen Chomp, Show Me is free and easy to use. It offers a simple white erase board with several markers. Unlike Screen Chomp, however, Show Me offers even less sharing options online. Once you’ve captured a lesson, your only option is saving it to the Show Me Community which houses all of the lesson captures created with Show Me. That being said, the site allows you to embed the screen captures from showme.com to other locations online.
Explain Everything is a full-function lesson capture application that is honestly much more robust than its $2.99 price would suggest. Besides having a white erase board, Explain Everything offers text, shapes, and easy integration with DropBox and Evernote. You can pull in Keynote and Powerpoint slides and record yourself walking through a presentation. Explain Everything even offers several saving and sharing solutions (YouTube, for instance). Once you’ve captured a lesson, you can even save the lesson to your Camera Roll and edit it with iMovie. To get started, check out this Explain Everything tutorial: