Whiteboard Like Apps

There many note taking apps out there that, with the right video connector and projector, allow you to write and and project your notes to the class. See the Handwriting Apps post for more info on some of those.  There are also a few whiteboard apps out there that allow you to use your iPad in class as you would a traditional whiteboard or chalkboard. Some of them will allow you to record your sessions as animations, some even with audio narration. Each app has their own set of features, so be sure to look at them carefully to see if they have the ones you are looking for. A few of the apps listed will require and account to be set up in order to access your files, others save right to your iPad.  All allow you some way to share out your files with your students in one form or another.

One of the main advantages to using any of these notes and whiteboard apps in the classroom is their ability to allow you to face and engage your students while delivering your notes. Keeping your face front and not your back to the roomful of students is an effective way to keep your students attention.

As with the writing apps you may want to consider getting a stylus for writing on with these apps.


ScreenChomp is a highly rated app that allows you to use your iPad as a whiteboard in the classroom. Additionally you can record your drawing with voice. There is no online account necessary. All of  your files are stored on your device and always accessible.  You can even save them out as mpg4  movie files that you can post on your course website.  There are  12 colors, 3 pens and each has 3 pen sizes to choose from. In addition to the traditional whiteboard writing surface, you can add a photo from your camera roll as a background to write over. Recordings can be saved to the ScreenChomps app, and can be shared via email, Facebook, Twitter, and accessed through a URL. The interface is clean and simple very straight forward.

 Heres a little YouTube video from TechSmith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5__7UMtHyS8  & this one too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CSTlzrAWYI

Find out more from the TechSmith Web Site: http://www.techsmith.com/screenchomp.html

ScreenChomp Community help: http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith

More info at the apple store:

Go get it at the App Store:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/screenchomp/id442415881?mt=8


Explain Everything

This app is highly regarded by educators and costs $2.99. There is a 50% educational discount and volume purchases available if you care to explore that option.  Also they have a free iBook manual at the iBooks store.  Maybe worth checking our before buying. There are videos and lots of information about the app on their website.

Explain Everything’s web site says “is a design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything’s flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad’s video display. Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone.  Import Photos, PDF, PPT, and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, Email, iPad photo roll and iPad2 camera. Export MP4 movie files, PNG image files, and share the .XPL project file with others for collaboration. Explain Everything has been designed for use in educational, business, and entertainment settings.”


Educreations Interactive Whiteboard:

Educreations is a recordable interactive whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting to produce video lessons that you can share online. Students and colleagues can replay your lessons in any web browser, or from within our app on their iPads. Check out the “Showcase” on their  homepage or the “Featured” tab in our iPad app to view some lessons that other teachers have created with Educreations. You do not need an iPad to use this software, you can create lessons using our online whiteboard, which works in any browser that supports flash.

The drawback to this app is you will need to create an account on their website, the files you create will reside there.  You can create links to your files which can be added to your course website, but you can not download them. They are only available through their website.

Be sure to read their FAQ before choosing this app there are a few tricky things to keep in mind when using it.
This app is free at the iTunes store.


Jot! Premium and Free

Jot is a well regarded premium app available for $4.99 at the iTunes apps store. Both versions of Jot! offer you 16 colors, 4 line widths and 5 fonts to choose from.  What makes this app unique is the ability to move, resize, cut, copy and paste, the sketches and wireframes that you create on the whiteboard, add text boxes, and collaborate in real time over the internet with Live Sharing.

You will need to use the Jot! Live Sharing services if you want collaborate on the whiteboard.

You can share your files via email or save them as photos to your camera roll, or copy and paste into other apps.

Jot! Free is the free version of Jot! It uses the same great drawing features of Jot! and is limited to only one canvas to draw on. Jot! Free allows you to export jot files, the premium version of Jot! is required to import them. Upgrading to Jot! will enable you save multiple jots, get more export options, and import photos as backgrounds.

It was very hard to find info about the cost of the Live Sharing feature. So I guess once you get the app, you will find the info there. I did find an older blog post that said:

“We’ve made a change to how we charge for Live Sharing – now, everyone gets up to 5 free sessions every month, and  you can purchase 5 additional sessions for only $0.99.  No more monthly subscription.  We hope this makes Live Sharing more compelling to use.”

I have no ideas if this is their current model for charging for their service.  If this app has the features you are looking for check it out via the links below.

    • Find out more about Jot! at their website:




Doceri is the professional iPad interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder with sophisticated tools for hand-drawn graphics and built-in remote desktop control. Originally designed for teachers, Doceri is used by creative individuals in myriad roles and professions from education to entertainment.

Create hand-drawn lessons, presentations and graphics and share them as still images, PDFs or audio/video screencasts – or mirror anything you’ve created to Apple TV via AirPlay. With built-in remote desktop control you can access and annotate over files resident on your Windows PC or Mac and present them to your classroom or audience when a projector is connected.

This app has lots of features other than typical whiteboard.  There is a desktop component to this app. While the app is free there is a cost to license it.


 If you have any experiences with any of these apps or know of some others that might be of interest to the UD community please post to the blog.




  1. Hello,

    Another resource that is worth mentioning in the post is Lucispark.
    Lucidspark is an online whiteboard that offers an infinite canvas for students and teachers to brainstorm, ideate, create workflows, plan projects and work together no matter where they’re learning. Students and teachers can work together in real-time or asynchronously and easily keep track of everyone’s contributions.

    Plus, Lucidspark for education is FREE for students and teachers : https://lucidspark.com/solutions/education

  2. I just bought an iPad, stuffed it with apps, and synced it with my desktop pc. I just got a windows notebook with which I am traveling now. The Itunes installed there wont read my iPad, and suggests me to restore it before it can sync (iTunes could not read the contents of your iPad, open preferences on your ipad to restore ot to factory configuration). How can I be sure that this will not erase everything from my iPad? I tried everything on the user manual but nothing worked.

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