The Educreations Interactive Whiteboard (Educreations, 2013), Show Me (Learnbat, 2013) and Explain Everything ™ apps are examples of screen casting apps suitable for a wide range of learners. These applications are both a web-based app and a device based app. Simply defined, screen casting is capturing all of the action on a screen while you are narrating. In addition to the previously mentioned apps, screencasts can be made with many computer programs such as Jing, screenr, Goview and even Smart Notebook. Our Blackboard sessions are also an example of a screencast. When using an iPad, students can write on the screen, insert images and describe their thought process. Depending on which app they use, students can save their work to the iPad’s camera roll, upload it to a website, or replay it directly from the app. These three apps also provide a hosting service, which allows users to both share their creations online and view lessons uploaded by other users.
How it works
Making a screencast is as easy as taping the record button and working with the tools provided to demonstrate your thoughts, knowledge, skill, etcetera… If you would like to add narration simply speak as you manipulate the action on the screen. All of the action and the sounds will be recorded. Lastly, the screencast is saved to the desired place and can then be uploaded and shared privately and publically. The three apps I have chosen have varying degrees of difficulty based on the tools the user has access to. Here are some relatively short tutorials explaining the basic functionality of each app.
To watch a 4 minute tutorial (Dakinane, Educreations Tutorial 1) on how to use Educreations please follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGoNBYFRbDI
The Show Me app is explained in a tutorial (Bellows, ShowMe) at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUKv1S9Qoos
Explain Everything™ has many more features and is therefore explained in three parts.
Part 1 (Dakinane, Explain Everything Tutorial 1) is 4 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EmEgh_ZdWA
Part 2 (Dakinane, Explain Everything Tutorial 2) is 6 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XZcIholrGc
Part 3 (Dakinane, Explain Everything Tutorial 3) is 7 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrBOodKH_SY
Affordances and Constraints
The Educreations and Show Me apps are only available on iTunes and are limited to use on the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad. A school interested in using these apps would have to have one of these iOS devices to use them. All three of the apps allow a user to import an image from the camera roll of the iPad. The user has access to different pen colours for drawing. The user is able to erase specific areas of the screen or the entire page and record their voice along with what is happening on the screen. All three apps offer uploading for online viewing. Screen casting apps help learners present information using multiple forms of expression...