TechSmith, the company behind tools like SnagIt and Camtasia, has released a free iPad app called ScreenChomp that lets you create screencasts with audio narration on the go. This recordable whiteboard app is just the canvas you need to jot your ideas down, demonstrate an idea or concept, or mark up a PDF with audio narration and share it with students and the world.

A user also has the ability to upload a photo or PDF into a background and then draw all over the image/screen. You draw freehand on the iPad’s touch screen. The app offers 12 colored pens to choose from, and as you doodle, your voice gets recorded in sync with the drawing. Once you have created your video, you are cued to send your video to where you can email the link to students or friends, or post it to a blog or webpage.

Just – Record It. Sketch It. Share It. – to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.

  1. Touch RECORD to capture your touch interactions and audio instructions on a plain background, or an image from your iPad camera roll.
  2. SKETCH out your ideas and talk the viewer through the “how” and “why” of it all.
  3. Stop and SHARE your video snack to to generate a simple web link you can paste anywhere – or – post it to Facebook with one-click!

One of the great features in ScreenChomp is that you can record your project, then share it to the ScreenChomp service, and then download the MP4 file to your Mac or PC. It is easy to import the MP4 file into Camtasia for Mac or Camtasia Studio (PC) and edit further by adding annotations, zooms, and more to enhance the video.

Here is a screencast showing this process using ScreenChomp and Camtasia for Mac:

Bottom Line:

ScreenChomp is a simple drawing application with one hugely complex feature–recording. The simplicity of this app combined with its feature set is awesome. Educators will find this app very useful for sharing ideas and commenting on submitted work. This free app will take you as far as your imagination and resourcefulness will lead you.

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