Wednesday, August 03, 2011

ScreenChomp - TechSmiths' New iPad App

Here's a quick little video I recorded while in San Francisco last week. ScreenChomp is a free iPad app from TechSmith - makers of Camtasia Studio, SnagIt, and Jing. This app is great for creating a quick little video to explain something to your students or share something with a colleague. Tough to quibble with a free app, but some additions I'd like to see:
  • additional annotation tools
  • the ability to have multiple pages/images in a recording session
  • save directly to the iPad (currently videos are uploaded to

You can get ScreenChomp for free at the app store.

ScreenChomp is a digital whiteboard that users can write and draw on with the touch of a finger. You can draw using twelve different pen colors. All activity on ScreenChomp can be easily recorded and then if you want, edited through Camtasia for Mac or Camtasia Studio. The videos produced in ScreenChomp can be downloaded as MP4 files, making them easy to share on, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Blackboard and other video hosting platforms.

Why would you use a recordable whiteboard? Well, ScreenChomp lets you jot down your ideas and easily share them with everyone or a few select people. It's a helpful app for everyone, but developed with teachers and students in mind. Plus, the price is right - ScreenChomp is free!

Think about using ScreenChomp to do a variety of things like:

  • Send helpful tutoring videos home with students
  • Allow kids to create videos that help their classmates
  • Explain complexities from afar
  • Record your most recent brilliant idea
  • Share doodles with friends and family

Download ScreenChomp from the Apple App Store here!

Nitty gritty details, features and capabilities of ScreenChomp:

  • Record and share audio and video presentations
  • Import background images to annotate and narrate
  • Import and rotate pictures
  • HD MP4 video output with multiple sharing options
  • Twelve pen colors
  • Free video hosting on
  • Ability to edit content in Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac
  • ScreenChomp is available for the iPad (iPad1 and 2), iOS 4.2 or later.

ScreenChomp can import one image as a background before the recording starts. You can scale and rotate that image, but you cannot import more than one or after the recording starts.

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