Sometimes it might not be possible to include all the curriculum content within a specific period of time, with school closures, pupil absenteeism, or other unexpected circumstances result in the opportunity to take lessons online. Below are some ideas, apps and services that allow teachers to put lessons online (to be stored on your VLE platform, your own YouTube or Vimeo account, or to share on your own website making learning easy 24/7.
Doceri (iPad) – Free – Offers In-App Purchases
For iPad fans, Doceri is a great Interactive Whiteboard App that lets you create slides, record hand-written or hand-drawn projects on your device, using sophisticated drawing tools and the innovative Doceri Timeline. The app is free, but if you want to remove their watermark, then a small one-off payment of £4.99. Recording (your voice) is simple enough, and saving your video files to your camera roll, allowing for easy transfer to upload to the service of your choice. On an iPad, click the link below to explore.
At the time of writing (2020), worryingly, the app was last updated in 2017 so check the compatibility with your device when using. Otherwise, this is a firm favourite for iPad users, doing exactly what it says and is very easy to set up and use.
Loom (Windows, Mac, iPad & Chrome) – Free
Loom takes things a little further (especially for the iPad) as it allows you to record from your camera as well as your screen saving the completed video to your camera roll. The app is more suited for screen recordings (for example, talking through your Powerpoint presentation), whereas Doceri creates a workable whiteboard. Explore the app via the link below.
For Windows and Mac, a download is needed, via a free sign up on their website at https://www.loom.com/signup allowing you to easily record your screen or a specific app, with or without your camera. Additionally, the app allows you to edit your files – delete that sneeze – to produce a great video. Loom Pro is also free to all teachers and students at K-12 schools, universities or educational institutions who are using Loom for classroom work.
Chalk 37 signals (Safari on iPad only) – Free
Updated iPhones and iPads have the facility to record what is on your screen through the function within settings. Using this, when on your iPad, visit…
(only works through the Safari browser on iPad) to produce a simple chalkboard offering a wiper, white and pink chalk. Want to quickly clear the page? Simply use the ‘refresh’ function in the address bar to be presented with a clean chalkboard. There is no saving function and the site is very basic, but sometimes that is best. The website can also be shared on AirPlay etc., so a great resource to use even with the classroom.
If you have SMART software already installed on your PC, then SMART software includes a recording facility. Get a decent microphone, and then record away. Depending on the version of the SMART software you have updated will depend on how you can access and record, so be sure to check your license, software version, and functionality.
IPEVO Annotator (macOS, Windows, iOS, Android) – Free
With the functionality of being able to record from a blank whiteboard canvas, additional features include being packed full of annotation tools that allow you to draw and annotate freely on images projected onto the screen. You can even further enhance your experience by using a screenshot. Explore the iPad version by clicking the link below…
The Mac and PC versions of the software also allow for more advanced features including tools such as Ruler, Protractor, Scissors, Spotlight and Magnifying Lens to measure lines or angles, duplicate selected annotations for use on your screen or “whiteboard”, highlight important sections on the screen, or zoom in on areas of interest on the screen and more. See https://www.ipevo.com/software/annotator for more information.
We have tried to explore a small collection of free, or cost-effective, options that allow you to record lessons for online sharing. Please see our other post (click here) to explore collaborative, live teaching and learning tools.
Are there any other online whiteboard apps or website that you use to record your learning activities? Please scroll down and comment at the foot of this article, so we can add your suggestion to the list above.