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App of the Week: Educreations

Posted by bdp6740@gmail.com on November 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Flipping the instruction is all the rage these days.  If you've Flipped your class or you're thinking about Flipping your class you may want to give Educreations a try.  Educreations is one of many interactive white board apps available in IOS on the iPad however, I've found it to be the most student/teacher friendly.  

Teachers can easily create their own accounts and receive a course code that students will use when they go to sign up.  Once students have joined your course they can easily view videos you've posted and more importanly create and upload their videos for you to see.  Another nice feature of Educreations is that students can pull images from the web or photo library.  Students can annotate, narrate, and type on the presenatation and also pause and redo recordings.  

This is a tool that some elementary, most middle, and high school students should be able to use and pick up on very quickly.  Educreations can be used for virtually any content area.  Educreations truly allows a teacher to flip the instruction by having the students creating their content rather than simple direct instruction.  Instead of me presenting a powerpoint on the principles of the Constitution I simply had the students make their own presenation based on those principles.  

The only negative I found was that you cannot save a project and go back and edit that project.  Once a project had been started it must be finished during that class period (unless the student has their own device).  A typical presentation can be made in no time, but studens should have some idea of what they want to say before they begin.  It would be a good idea to have a script written out beforehand.  

I've attached a demo that I've created below to give you a little bit of an idea of what you can do with Educreations.  Please share you thoughts and experiences with this powerful tool; I'm always looking for new ideas!

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