This is a small scale review of available white board apps on the market. I was looking for cheap app that my third grade students could use to make short math tutorial videos and I wanted to share the results with you.
Screen Chomp – The Good
Verdict: the best for my parameters
Screen chomp is easy to use. With its simple design and intuitive interface, students could make a video after about 20 minutes of exploration. Screen Chomp allows you to share videos and people do not need to be logged into Screen Chomp to view the videos. The app provides you with a link where the video is able to be viewed by others. While this is not ideal, I would prefer to be able to download the completed video in order to share it with a greater audience, it is adequate. One tip for teachers, if the students put in their own birthdays and they are younger than 13, they will be unable to share their videos.
Educreations – The Expensive
Verdict: too expensive
Educreations provides the user with a clean easy to use interface for creating tutorial videos. It is a great whiteboard app but it makes sharing the completed videos difficult. The person viewing the video either needs to log into Educreations or the video creator needs to pay to be able to download the videos. The pricing for one teacher is $99 per year. The pricing for a school is $1,549 per year.
Doceri – The Complicated
Verdict: complicated interface
While Doceri seems to be able to make useable video tutorials, but I found the app to be hard to work with. It is more of a presentation app instead of simply a recordable white board app. I think Doceri would be a helpful app for teachers creating presentations, but a little too complicated for the short videos I wanted my third grade students to make. If I had picked this option I was afraid I would spend too much time teaching the app instead of creating the tutorial videos.