Screencasting apps are among my favorite types of apps for the iPad because they are just so versatile. They can be used across grade levels and across the curriculum. Their uses are really only limited by the imagination of the teacher or the student. My lastest collection of iPad apps, includes some of the best screencasting apps available for the iPad today.
Each app has their own unique selling point. Educreations, for instance, lets teachers create an online classroom to host their video tutorials. ShowMe lets teachers create and manage accounts for students without the need for email. ScreenChomp allows you to link your Dropbox account so you can import PDFs and annotate them live annotations.
However, by far my favorite of all the apps is ExplainEverything. Unlike the three I just mentioned, it is a paid app, but you get so much for your money that it is a compelling choice for all schools using iPads. You can record your video over multiple pages, re-record audio as you please, use the page sorter to rearrange or see your pages at a glance. You can have almost any pen color you can imagine, a choice of 5 pen widths, control over pen transparency and choice of two pen tips. The app has a built-in laser pointer, shape tool and text tool with more fonts that you could ever need. You can even insert a web browser and record a live website as part of your screencast.
Want to record yourself annotating a document? No problem. ExplainEverything supports Photos, PDF, PPT, XLS, RTF, Pages, Numbers and Keynote files. Your slides can be exported as an image or as a PDF to a variety of apps, email or PDF. Video files can be sent to your Photo Roll for further editing in iMovie, YouTube, E-mail, Dropbox, Evernote, Box or WebDav accounts. You can also choose the resolution or quality of the finished movie.
So, to see ExplainEverything and the rest of my picks for screencasting apps for the iPad, head over to the iPad Apps section of this website and check out my growing collection of educational apps. Feel free to leave a comment with how you are using any of these apps, or to suggest any others that are not part of this collection.