ScreenChomp: A Free Screencasting App

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.

About Tara Arntsen

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen recently completed her Master's degree in Teaching-TESOL at the University of Southern California. She currently teaches in the Intensive English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has taught ESOL in China, Japan, and Cambodia as well as online. Her primary interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.
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2 Responses to ScreenChomp: A Free Screencasting App

  1. Criste Tonra says:

    I love your posts.
    Can you tell me – if I want to have students record videos of themselves speaking, doing interviews etc. on their phones or ipads, what is the best method for viewing those videos in the classroom from the main computer? Sending videos seems too slow and cumbersome. Is there an easy way to either send a video or connect to a device? My IT department suggests all students get a youtube site but I am looking for other solutions.

    • Tara Arntsen Tara Arntsen says:

      Thank you, Criste! It is always wonderful to hear such positive feedback and comments from readers.

      I expect that many students and educators run into the same issue you are having. Students can often email the files, but, as you mentioned, this method can be slow and sometimes the file size is simply too large to share this way. A YouTube account is a great option that is completely free, but then your access to the videos would be somewhat limited. Another option is Dropbox or a similar cloud storage. Depending on the size of the videos, you might be able to just use a free basic account, create a folder for the assignment, and invite students to sync and edit. The downside here is that all students could access one another’s files.

      If anyone else has other alternatives, I hope they will share them with us as well. Good luck and thanks again!

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