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Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2013

ScreenChomp

Basic screencasting app has limited options but allows easy sharing

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Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
Grades This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
7–12
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Pros: Both creating and sharing are extremely easy.

Cons: You can only create one page per recording; there's no teacher dashboard or community.

Bottom Line: Easy to use for both kids and teachers, but it's not as versatile as other screencasting options.

Use ScreenChomp to record lessons for your students -- it's easy to share, so they'll be able to watch from home or simply review a concept during class. You could also use a ScreenChomp screencast as part of a substitute lesson plan to help ensure that your students get the instruction you intend, even when you can't be there! In terms of professional development, you can include links to your ScreenChomps on blogs or other social media sites.

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ScreenChomp is an interactive whiteboard app that lets teachers or students create and share screencasts. They can write on the virtual whiteboard to demonstrate a concept, and also record their voice as they write. ScreenChomp offers three pen options (a black pen, red marker, and highlighter), the option to add a background image from the device's photo library or Dropbox, and an eraser (including a whole-screen erase function). It's easy to mark up or highlight the background image to demonstrate a lesson. Recording can be paused, if necessary, but there's no undo button. The screencast can be shared instantly via email or Twitter, or you can save to ScreenChomp's server and share the link wherever you choose.

ScreenChomp is just one more way to flip instruction in your classroom. It also works well for helping students learn remotely, whenever they may not be in the classroom. Because of its simplicity, it's fairly easy for teachers to use ScreenChomp to record lessons. Kids will find the uncluttered interface easy to navigate, whether they're learning with the app in the classroom or practicing concepts on their own at home. The basic sharing features make it easy for kids to record themselves; they can teach concepts to classmates or get help from each other as well as from teachers.

While it could be used for student presentations, ScreenChomp isn't as versatile as other presentation apps like PreziPopplet, and Animoto. Also, ScreenChomp doesn't offer the type of teacher interface or community that you'll find with Educreations Interactive Whiteboard (a clear leader among interactive whiteboard apps). Neither does ScreenChomp allow for multiple pages or images in a screencast, which may limit its usability in some situations. A teacher's community would make it much easier to search for, catalog, and share great teaching ideas.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Kids will love creating their own ScreenChomps. Also, viewing teacher-created ScreenChomps can be a fun way to bring some variety to lessons.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Kids can view a teacher's ScreenChomps repeatedly to cement understanding. They can also ask questions of classmates or the teacher, using both words and interactive images to convey meaning clearly.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

There's a how-to video tutorial, and the interface is very intuitive. Creations are saved to ScreenChomp's servers and are easy to share. However, there's no teacher dashboard or user community to speak of.


Common Sense Reviewer
Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Eva H. , Technology coordinator
Technology coordinator
A digital creation app for multiple grades and multiple topics!
ScreenChomp is one of those apps that can be used by multiple grade levels and within multiple subjects/topics. ScreenChomp allows students to "show what they know" by creating movies using their own voice, drawn images, and/or images taken from the iPad's camera. Once the movie is created, students can "publish" their work for others to view and learn from. I like seeing students using this iPad app because it's more than assessing more than filling in a blank or bubble.
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