Screencasting Apps for the iPad

Some of the most versatile apps you can get for the iPad are the screencasting apps. Why are they so versatile? Well, they can be used across the curriculum  and in almost all grade levels. There are not many apps that can live up to that claim, so you can quickly see why they are so popular with educators. All quotes are from the App Store description page of the respective apps. Prices can, and probably will, vary over time.

Educreations (free) – “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…”

ShowMe (Free) – “Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard! 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!

Screenchomp (Free) – Share a great idea… Explain a tricky concept… Help kids with their homework…ScreenChomp for iPad helps you do it all. A simple doodling board, markers, and one-click sharing tools make spreading your ideas and know-how easy and fun! Just – Record It. Sketch It. Share It. – to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.

Doodlecast Pro ($3.99) – “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.

ExplainEverything ($2.99) – “Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything’s flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad video display (via Airplay/cable).


Doceri (Free with in-app purchase) – “CREATE hand written or hand drawn Doceri projects on your iPad, using sophisticated drawing tools and the innovative Doceri Timeline. Unlike others, Doceri allows you to go back and edit any drawing stroke and any inserted photo or hand drawn object at any point. Create, edit, replay and perfect your hand drawn or annotated presentation before you record, or record live during your presentation. This enables easy creation of high-quality, Flipped Classroom Screencasts.

Explain a Website ($0.99) – “How does it work? There’s a large browser on the screen and annotate & record buttons on the toolbar at the bottom. You enter the name of a website in the address bar and tap “Go” on the keyboard. The browser will display the chosen website. You can then draw on various elements of the website or highlight them, while talking. If you press “record”, all your actions will be recorded as an EAW project. It can be then played back or exported as a movie.

Teach (Free) – “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. You can design each step in the lesson, record illustrations as you draw them, and create sophisticated animation sequences with a simple stroke of a finger.

LivePaper (Free or $5.99) – “LivePaper is the first note taking application that records your notes into videos and gives you the power to go back and watch them again at any time. How does it work? LivePaper records a video of your notes being written on the screen and combines audio recorded through the microphone to produce a video that you can watch later. Imagine taking notes in a class, and being able to record the professor’s voice on top of your notes when an important point in the lecture comes up.

DispRecorder ($4.99) – “Record video & audio of your apps on the iPad. Upload video to Youtube directly.


Doodlecast ($2.99) – “The Doodlecast For Kids App comes with more than 20 drawing prompts – simple questions designed to give kids a starting point. Kids can choose from one of the prompts or start a drawing from scratch. The app records the entire drawing process along with audio from the microphone to create videos up to three minutes long. The videos are as fun to watch as they are to create and Doodlecast makes it easy to share them with friends and families.

Ask3 (Free) – “Ask3 allows teachers and students with iPads to easily share knowledge and collaborate via threaded, video conversations. By recording your voice, drawings, and images, Ask3 helps you create videos that can be shared directly to your class. Students can watch the videos you create using Ask3 and can quickly ask and answer each other’s questions.


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