1. iPad If you already have an iPad, it presents the easiest option. The Explain Everything app offers a lot of functionality. A math professor created her entire online course by making basic PowerPoint slides on the computer, getting them on the iPad through dropbox.com, and using a stylus to write out the problems in her handwriting while recording audio. The video can go right on YouTube. Voila. It is not necessary to first create PowerPoint slides, but she wanted a little extra professionalism.
|Woman writing on the Wacom Bamboo|
2. Wacom Bamboo. If you have good hand/eye coordination, this could work for you. The problem with the Bamboo is that you write on the device but only see what you are writing on a computer. Many people dislike this. It is the least expensive option though. I used it in my last job and thought it was fine. I had to practice a lot for my handwriting to look good though. The Bamboo requires an additional program such as Screencast-o-matic to actually record the handwriting with audio.
3. Livescribe Pen. If you need something simpler, the Livescribe pen is a good option because it allows you to write on real paper with a pen and record a tutorial with audio. It is quite simple to use once it’s set up on your computer. However, you have to write everything (i.e., cannot add to a document or write on images) which can take a long time. A drawback is the limited options to share/host videos and the inability to edit. CETL has a limited number of Livescribe Pens for UWEC faculty.
|Dell Latitude XT3|
5. Convertible Tablet PC. If you have the money, tablet PCs are often the preferred option because they are truly a laptop with the capability to use a pen. They have the yasta to run whatever you need to run and still have a nice big laptop screen and keyboard (compared to the tablet). They can definitely be your one device. However, they are expensive - $1800 is an average price, last I heard.
6. SMART Podium. There are a few old SMART podiums around campus; for instance the math department shares one and two classrooms have them. I currently have one in my office that is looking for a home. They are basically computer monitors that you can write on. You connect them to any computer. They are crazy expensive though - the new ones in the classrooms are about $1800 and that's without a computer. But, it is possible to go into a classroom when it is not being used and record in there. I don't see that being real popular though.
Wacom pic from http://karachi.olx.com.pk/wacom-bamboo-capture-iid-497208328
Livescribe pic from http://myapplenewton.blogspot.com/2011/12/apple-newton-users-share-their.html
Surface pic from http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Pro/productID.275287300
XT3 image from http://www.techindustriya.com/2011/08/17/dell-launches-the-latitude-xt3-tablet-pc-for-the-enterprise/