Wednesday, October 23, 2013

6 Useful iPad Apps for Creating Tutorials and Screen Casts

Yesterday Anna came home very excited at having been asked by her teacher to produce a Khan Academy like tutorial on multiplying decimals for her classmates using Educreations. She gave me a very enthusiastic tour of the app and proceeded to spend the next hour or so practicing with the tool to create a variety of "mock" tutorials comparing the iPhone to a Windows phone, how to do basic addition with illustrated flowers as the "prop" etc.

I was impressed and inspired to find out more about "screencast" tools and did a bit of web research to find out what else was available. The best, most concise article I found (in my extensive 20 minute research) was in a website called Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. I don't want to forget these resources (I'd like to start using screencasts in my work) so I decided to "bookmark" them here in a blog post. Here's the link  and below is the article
By definition, a screencast is a recording of your computer screen accompanied by audio narration.In the past, screencasting tools used to cost a fortune and only tech savvy people were able to use them but thanks to web 2.0 technologies, there are now dozens of easy to use and simple platforms to record your screencast. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already featured several of these tools in previous posts. Today, however, I am going to share with you some of the best iPad apps to create screencasts and tutorials. Check them out below and let us know what you think of them. Enjoy

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

2- Teach

Knowmia Teach is a new free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers. It helps you create short video lessons on any subject and publish them on so your students and the public can find them. Knowmia Teach makes it easy to bring in visual aids from multiple sources, organize them in steps (like slides in a presentation) and use your own voice and fingers to bring your lesson to life.

3- Show Me

ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s an amazingly simple app that anyone can use, no matter how young or old!

Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula... Create an animated lesson... Add commentary to your photos... Diagram a sports play..

Doodlecast Pro is the easiest way to create presentations on your iPad. The app records your voice as you draw to create quick presentations. Doodlecast Pro saves videos to the camera roll making it easy to import them into popular video editors or presentation tools such as iMovie, Keynote, or iBooks Author. Perfect for teachers, students, business people and anyone needing an elegant way to share ideas.

Pixntell adds your voice to your pictures and creates a personalized video you can share on Dropbox, Facebook, YouTube, FocusTrain or email.

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