In the past, when I have written about the flipped classroom, I have usually shared individual websites to help with the process or inspire creativity, such as eduCanon, PowToon, and Padlet. I have also mentioned the occasional application, for example Jing. Today, I want to branch off a little to highlight a free screencasting app, ScreenChomp, that makes flipping with an iPad even easier.
ScreenChomp is completely free and available in the iTunes App Store. Now, if you are an iOS user, you are in luck and can start using ScreenChomp today, but, unfortunately, based on my research, Android users might have to wait a while.
ScreenChomp is a pretty basic digital whiteboard with limited marker size, marker color, and background options, which makes it easy to use. It has the capability of recording the screen along with audio plus a number of methods to share your creations. You can upload the video, or chomp, to ScreenChomp or Facebook and share the link with students, but ScreenChomp does not enable you to download your chomps easily.
What really piqued my interest in ScreenChomp though was the assertion in the introductory video on TechSmith that using this app makes communication between teachers and students more fluid outside the classroom. The suggestion is that while teachers can use ScreenChomp to share content, students can also use the app to ask for assistance and support one another throughout the learning process. I have yet to try this out with my students, but having seen students of all ages glued to their digital devices, I think there might be some potential here. What do you think?
If you have any comments, experiences using ScreenChomp, or can recommend other apps that are comparable for Android devices, please share them with us by posting below. To see a review of ScreenChomp, head over to Graphite to learn more and read reviews from teachers.