What can the Educreations app do?
Educreations is a free interactive whiteboard and screencasting app that can be accessed on the web (educreations.com) or on an iPad. The app allows you to make a video by recording your iPad screen and your voice simultaneously. The app also allows the user to type text in several colors, annotate on top of typed text and images, resize objects, and animate objects. With the “free” app, pictures stored on the iPad or pictures taken on the iPad can be used in the lessons. With the “pro” version, Dropbox, Google Drive, .pdf files, and the web can be also be used.
The teacher can create videos to reinforce or review information from class, to flip the classroom by explaining a concept prior to class, or to provide information for students who missed class. Additionally, students may create their own videos to explain information to classmates, show their understanding of a new concept, or synthesize information at the end of a unit. Since students must “join” their teacher’s class (with a class code), all of the students’ videos are stored privately on educreations.com and are only visible to classmates and the teacher. Teachers’ lessons can be shared with classes or sent by a link or by email, Messages, Facebook, or Twitter.
- Affordances: Students and teachers can all create lessons (videos) and share them. The app is safe for students because students’ videos are stored privately. The app allows typing, annotation, animation, and resizing.
- Ease of Use: The app is easy, fun, and free (basic version) to use.
- Interoperability: Lessons in Educreation can be shared through classes, using a class code. Additionally, the lessons may be shared through a link, email, Facebook and Twitter, and/or the lessons can be embedded on a page. The “pro” version allows lessons to be exported as MP4 video files.
- Supports Many File Formats: In the “free” app, pictures stored on the iPad or pictures taken on the iPad can be used in the lessons. The “pro” version adds access to Dropbox, Google Drive, .pdf files, and the web.
- Flexible Options for Different Devices: The app can be used on the web (educreations.com) and on Ipads.
- The Pro Classroom version is expensive - $11.99 per month (if paid monthly) or $99 per year, and $1495 for the Pro School version. The Pro Classroom version has some features that really enhance the app (save unlimited drafts, import .pdf files and maps, and 5GB of storage, and more).
- Once the draft has been saved as a lesson, no changes can be made.
- The user only has 50 MB storage space (in free version).
- Only one draft can be saved at a time (in free version).
- The user can’t use web pages, custom maps, or .pdf files (in free version).
- Pictures need to be saved locally on iPad prior to recording (in free version).
- Educreations is only available for iOS at this time. Android users would only be able to access Educreations via the web.
Ideas for classroom use of Educreations (Video)
Student USE During LEARNING
- Demonstrate mastery of course content: Students teach/record a lesson for classmates to show how to determine unknown lengths of the sides of a triangle.
- Meets N.C. Common Core - G-SRT.8: Use trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean Theorem to solve right triangles in applied problems.
- Present information in Spanish to an audience and refine understanding of Spanish verb conjugations and Spanish pronunciation: Students write a storyboard in Spanish using the present tense of regular -ar verbs and record their voices reading their sentences.
- Meets NCES World Language - NM.CLL.3.3: Use appropriate pronunciation and voice inflection in spoken presentations.
- Engage in interpersonal communication in Spanish and develop Spanish speaking and listening skills: Students make recordings of their responses to teacher’s questions in Spanish.
- Meets NCES World Language - NH.CLL.1.3: Generate responses to familiar questions, statements, commands, or other stimuli.
- Develop an understanding of the culture of another country and communicate ideas: Students make a presentation about a Spanish speaking country using pictures and information from the web.
- Meets NCES World Language - NH.CLL.3.1: Create simple phrases and short sentences in spoken or written presentations to provide information about familiar topics.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Federalist system of government: Students teach/record a lesson for classmates explaining the reasons for America’s implementation of a Federalist system of government.
- Meets NCES Civics and Government - FP.C&G.2.8: Analyze America’s two-party system in terms of the political and economic views that led to its emergence and the role that political parties play in American politics (e.g., Democrat, Republican, promotion of civic responsibility, Federalists, AntiFederalists, influence of third parties, precincts, “the political spectrum,” straight ticket, canvass, planks, platform, etc.).
- Develop and articulate evidence-based ideas about differing views of a topic: Students host an Educreations “debate” about a particular civics topic.
- Meets NCES Civics and Government - FP.C&G.1.3: Evaluate how debates on power and authority between Federalists and Anti-Federalists have helped shape government in the United States over time.
- Compare and contrast legal documents and develop analysis skills: Students create an Educreations lesson illustrating their understanding of the primary similarities and differences between the United States Constitution and the North Carolina Constitution as a summative assessment.
- Meets NCES Civics and Government - FP.C&G.2.4: Compare the Constitutions and the structures of the U.S. and North Carolina governments.
Teacher USE During TEACHING & LEARNING
- Discuss the development of the principles of American government while facilitating student learning by providing a video lesson prior to class: Teacher records an explanation of a civics lesson using a “flipped” classroom, for example an explanation of the development of government in modern society. At the end of the video, teacher will insert questions which will check students’ understanding.
- Meets NCES Civics and Government - FP.C&G.1.1: Explain how the tensions over power and authority led America’s founding fathers to develop a constitutional democracy (e.g., mercantilism, salutary neglect, taxation and representation, boycott and protest, independence, American Revolution, Articles of Confederation, Ben Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Sons of Liberty, etc.).
- Explain and discuss how political and legal systems were created to balance competing interests. Design an instructional video to explain the electoral college: Teacher makes a video (visual presentation) to explain how a president is elected in the the United States and how the electoral college works. Students do a research project and make their own video presentation which discusses how the electoral college has positively and adversely affected the outcomes of presidential elections.
- Meets NCES Civics and Government - FP.C&G.5.1: Analyze the election process at the national, state and local levels in terms of the checks and balances provided by qualifications and procedures for voting (e.g., civic participation, public hearings, forums, at-large voting, petition, local initiatives, local referendums, voting amendments, types of elections, etc.).
- Design an instructional video to enhance student understanding of systems of equations: Teacher uses the graph feature of the background to demonstrate the process of solving linear equations in a lesson and then assigns each student a linear equation to explain and graph in a video.
- Meets N.C. Common Core - A-REI.6: Solve systems of linear equations exactly and approximately (e.g., with graphs), focusing on pairs of linear equations in two variables.
- Design an instructional video which will facilitate student understanding of the components of language: Teacher explains the present tense of regular -ar verbs and makes a video as she presents for students to review at home.
- Meets NCES World Language - NM.CLL.2.5: Understand language components (stems, prefixes, tones, verb endings, parts of speech) that are used in the target language.
- Assess students’ listening comprehension skills: Teacher makes a video in which she asks students to respond to questions in Spanish (which they will record).
- Meets NCES World Language - NL.CLL.2.1: Understand the meaning of simple, spoken greetings, words, and phrases, when accompanied by visual clues and/or prompts, as needed.
Instructions for Student & Teacher Use
Teacher Registration Instructions
Student Registration Instructions
Educreations Tutorial (Video)