I have been on this "whiteboard" video kick for months now. I watched a few really amazing geography videos for middle school kids and I knew that I had to make some myself. I didn't just want to make them for my language arts and social studies classes but for my online classes that I hope to be teaching next year.
I have been working on my art appreciation elective for months now. It is almost like a full-time job. For each week or topic, you need to have some type of video. I made a few videos but I found them a bit boring. In real life, I can always write on my electronic whiteboard or ELMO to show students what I am doing or writing. How could I do that in an online class? I tried to investigate how those teachers did it to make those amazing geography videos. I didn't get much information but I found out one used a mac. I still tried for weeks and weeks on my Asus. I used Power Point and screen-cast-o-matic but I couldn't get the Inuos Wacom pen and tablet set to really work with it.
So last week, I broke down and got the Mac Book Pro. I got the 13 inch so I could use it on my lap. Amazing! I started using Keynote right away to make a presentation on prehistoric art. I then finally found the software I needed: Ink2Go. I can use the pen and tablet AND record at the same time. I found it impossible to use on "slideshow" mode but it is exactly what I needed. I can now write on the slides and add notes as I am talking. I love it. It is 19.99 but right now I am using a trial version. There are a lot of editing software apps out there that I will probably need to try in the future but right now, I am happy!