Interactive Whiteboard Apps

Many teachers throughout the distirct have been experimenting with the use of an iPad as an interactive whiteboard.  These apps tend to fall into two categories –  apps that allow users to remotely control their computers including interactive whiteboard software and apps that turn your iPad into an interactive whiteboard. Many of the iPad-based apps also have tools for recording short videos of the person using the software.  When students use these apps they can make for great alternative assessments.

Computer-Based Apps

The apps below can be used to wirelessly control your computer.  This effectively will turn your iPad into a wireless slate, but you will have an image displayed on your iPad that looks just like the one on your computer screen.  Each of the apps requires a wirless connection in your classroom

Splashtop Remote Desktop ($4.99)

Splashtop Remote Desktop allows users to wirelessly stream their computer to their iPad.  With this tool teachers and students can interact with a computer and any software installed on that computer through the iPad.  Classrooms that have access to software such as ActivInspire, use Splashtop and an iPad as a wireless slate, allowing teachers and students to interact from the software from any location in the classroom.

Splashtop Whiteboard ($19.99)

Teachers who do not have a licence for interactive whiteboard software, such as ActivInspire, might consider checking out Splashtop Whiteboard.  This app is similar to Splashtop Remote Desktop, but also provides traditional interactive whiteboard tools including pens, highlighters, and other annotation tools.

iPad-Based Apps

The apps below can be easily installed on any iPad, whether its used by teachers or students.  Teachers can use these tools to create short video lessons, while students can use them to demonstrate their thinking and as an alternative assessment.

Educreations (Free)

When users launch the Educreations app, they are presented with a blank whiteboard where they can easily add images and annotations through a pen tool with a variety of colors.  This particular app also allows users to record their presentation.  The app will capture audio, along with what is happening on the iPad screen.  A nice feature of this app over ShowMe and ScreenChomp is that users can add and delete images, as well as manipulate them during their recording. Once complete, the recordings can be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Show Me Interative Whiteboard (Free)

ShowMe is a great app for teachers or students to use when recording a presentation.  For example, in a 5th grade math class a teacher might ask students to solve a problem and share their solution with her by recording a short video and sending it to her.  As part of the demonstation students can use the annotation tools and insert images.

ScreenChomp (Free)

ScreenChomp is very similar to ShowMe, but has a monster interface that is attractive for elementary students.  This particular app is produced by TechSmith, so if you are familar with Jing, then chances are you will also be comfortable with ScreenChomp.