So Much to Create with Educreations
Type of technology: iPad App
SAMR Model Rating: Substitution, Augmentation and Modification
Grade level: K-12
Subject area: All
Have you been hunting for a muti-functional app to help you and your students? Look no further than Educreations. At first glance it may seem like another whiteboard app but it can be used for so much more. Below are examples of how I have used it in my classroom.
At the baseline level, this app can be used to substitute for a piece of paper. This can be helpful in conserving resources and may also be necessary when you want to use a specific type of paper, such as grid paper, but don’t have access to it. Simply take a picture of the paper or a screen shot online and import it into the app. My students also use the app to illustrate short stories they have written or word problems. Here are a few examples:
You may be thinking that sounds pretty good, but just wait!
Educreations allows you to make videos using the app. You can create images and use your voice to narrate multiple slides. I have used this to create a listening station as well as short lessons for my students. Some of my students struggle with reading so one of my main complaints about book apps is that they either don’t read the words at all or don’t show which words they are reading as they are read. Additionally, there isn’t a lot of flexibility in the books you can get. With Educreations I am able to create personalized ‘ebooks’ for my students. I take a picture of each page and import it to the app. Then I record myself reading the pages as I underline each word. I can also draw attention to things that students often overlook like captions or speech bubbles. The students love to be able to choose which books they will be able to listen to and they like hearing my voice reading it to them. Similarly you can create an instructional or review video for students to use in class. During a group transition, I may allow for my students to watch a quick video reviewing what we are working on, that way I can ensure a smooth transition for all students without wasting learning time.
But, that’s not all…
Students can use Educreations to create their own instruction or explanatory videos. I have had my students record themselves explaining a concept or presenting their work. They can then listen back to it or share it with a group. I can also assess, based on their explanation, whether they understand the concept. Students can collaborate to make videos together or work separately on different topics and then watch each other’s videos.
I feel the possibilities with Educreations are endless. To get more ideas and sign up you can visit their website educreations.com, you’ll be happy you did!