PixiClip: A Whiteboard-casting Solution for Chromebooks

Apps like ScreenChomp, Educreations, ShowMe and Explain Everything have had huge instructional impact in the classroom.  With a click of a button, students are able to demonstrate understanding by having the app record their voice and annotations.  These clips are then saved to the cloud and shared with the teacher.

Like I said, huge impact.  Especially when aligning these skills to the Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening.  The problem: these apps don't exist for the Chromebook.  In fact, since Chromebooks cannot install executable files, not a single screencasting solution (aside from Google Hangouts on Air + Screensharing) exists for the device.

After two days of searching (a.k.a. two days of disappointment), I finally discovered PixiClip, a  glorious Whiteboard-casting Web2.0 solution!

The best features include:
  • No sign-in needed!
  • Ink annotation
  • Text annotation
  • Upload (multiple) images
  • Insert audio/video
  • Records automatically
    • Automatically pauses between interaction/utilization of tools (unless recording voice/webcam)
    • Ability to restart the recording
  • Share via social media, email, link, or embed (see below!)
Word-of-warning--PixiClip is still in Beta:
  • No Google integration
  • Resizing images doesn't always carry over to the finished recording
  • Embed is a bit spotty
This app shows a lot of promise, especially if leveraging Acer's new c720p Touchscreen Chromebook
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