Screencasting - I love using screencasting to help make students' thinking "visible." For an example of "making thinking visible," watch my son's "aha" moment when explaining equivalent fractions. Why have the teacher flip the classroom, when you can have the kids do it and learn so much along the way! Educreations and ShowMe are my two favorite FREE screencasting apps. Unlike other screencasting apps, in Educreations, you can create multiple pages with multiple images. Record audio and annotations over images to share learning by using the draw, text, or highlight tools. Share publicly or privately by uploading to the web. There is also a PC web version of this one.
ShowMe is also a very simple, kid-friendly screencasting app. With the updated version, it now allows for multiple screens, and it has a text tool. I love it's simplicity for very young students. The other attribute that distinguishes ShowMe from Educreations is that it can be replayed on any device from the web. With Educreations, you must have the app loaded on your iPad to replay. Since we will be using QR codes and parents' smartphones at Open House this year, I recommend ShowMe so that parents can scan the QR code and view their child's Screencast video on their phone. Like Educreations, you upload your video to the ShowMe website and can search for other lessons.
If you'd like to know more about different free screencasting apps check out my screencast comparing these tools. If you are looking for a more complex app for older students, check out my video on Knowmia, also a FREE but more complex app.
Have students collaboratively create reports on any topic with images and content they've researched. Import their own drawings as images and have students share their narrative or creative writing.