ScreenChomp: Bring the teacher home!

This week I have decided to talk about another great app. This app can be very useful for students who have trouble understanding their lessons the first time or who have trouble remembering what was said in class earlier!

ScreenChomp is a very easy to use app. It allows teachers to record what they draw on the board, with their iPad. However, it not only records what is drawn or written, it also records everything that is said while that lesson is being explained! Once the lesson is done, teachers can save it and a link is created on screenchomp.com, which can then be shared via Facebook, email or any other way! The following video shows how to use ScreenChomp:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5__7UMtHyS8

As you can see in the video, students can also be connected to each other to share problems they have a hard time understanding. I believe this could be a great way to promote collaboration between students and to create a positive atmosphere in the classroom.

If you’re unsure how the lesson presents itself to student, you can take a look at the following link, which is a lesson recorded and shared:

http://www.screenchomp.com/t/bogVMQkXmtrN

I believe this application is another step towards making sure we give students all necessary tools to succeed. If students have access to what was said in class and to help from their peers, there is a lot more they can do at home to make sure their homework is done correctly. It also helps students with learning difficulties, such as attention deficit disorder. They can replay their lessons in their own time while trying to pay attention. I believe everyone wins in this situation! It’s no wonder ScreenChomp was voted as one of the 15 favorite iPad apps for teachers on the Emerging Ed Tech website (http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/03/15-favorite-ipad-apps-as-selected-by-teachers/).

Bonus points: ScreenChomp is a free application! It is also very easy to use, but if you’re unsure about anything, I recommend you take a look at dummies.com’s tutorial on ScreenChomp:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/create-educational-screencasts-with-screenchomp-ip.navId-816039.html

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to find out there was a ”iPad in Education for Dummies” book. It might be worth a look!

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