App review by Common Sense Editor, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2022
Educreations
Get it now

Educreations

Easy-to-use iPad app aimed at recording whiteboard instruction

Get it now
Learning rating
Community rating
Based on 128 reviews
Privacy rating
57%| Warning Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
3–12
Subjects & Skills
Communication & Collaboration, Creativity

Take a look inside

9 images

Pros: Offers a focused experience with just the right number of options to present and teach.

Cons: Lacks some features like brush/pen types, arrows and shapes, etc.

Bottom Line: While many other whiteboard tools offer endless -- and often overwhelming -- options, this app is usefully refined and could be that "just right" experience for many.

Educreations lends itself well to video lesson creation for teachers and students who like working primarily with whiteboards and annotation of media. While the platform has a fairly narrow set of features compared to some competitors, it still offers a lot of variety and focuses on narrated instructional videos with drawing and movement. 

For students, teachers can demonstrate the app's functionality by constructing a lesson live and then sharing the finished product. Students can then create their own videos as a stand-in for class presentations or as an assessment. Try having students demonstrate how to solve a math problem and explain their thinking as they go, or use images as well as movement and drawing to demonstrate scientific concepts. Students can also analyze their written work or the work of their peers, marking areas and explaining what techniques they or their peers used for effective writing. Teachers will first want to go over the guidelines for privacy and fair use, since sharing can be public or private and users can pull content from many sources.

Continue reading Show less

Educreations is an iPad app that allows teachers and students to create video lessons that incorporate whiteboard instruction, audio narration, and media annotation. Projects begin with a blank slide, and users can add slides to build a presentation. Users can draw on the slide/canvas, choosing a color and then finger-writing. There's an undo button as well as an eraser. Media can be added to slides, ranging from text and images with the free account to documents, presentations, webpages, and maps with Pro accounts. Everything is movable and resizable. There's also an option to record audio over the slides, as well as a basic trim tool. Recording can be paused at any time, and when you add media during a presentation, the audio automatically pauses. When a project is finished, teachers can share videos via a link, directly to Twitter and Facebook, by embedding them on the web, or, with a Pro account, by exporting the video for use elsewhere. Teachers can also create classrooms and add students for easy sharing, and with a Pro account up to 40 students can share the upgraded feature set. There's also a wider Educreations community for video sharing; teachers can view and use the lessons created by this community. These lessons would be a good place to start to get a sense of the possibilities with Educreations.

Note that the free version allows only one draft presentation at a time, while Pro users get unlimited drafts. Drafts allow users to begin working on one device and sign in on another to continue. The free version also has limited storage.

The best part of Educreations is that the developer has restraint and vision, aiming to provide a focused experience that does a few things very well. The result is an app that's easy to use while still providing enough options from which to source and use content, add audio, and display images to create useful, dynamic lessons and presentations mixing audio, media, and live annotation. While it may not have everything you look for, the constraints that are there (like a single pen type and just a few colors) let creators focus on the instruction. 

That being said, Educreations does require a bit of prep and time to construct effective lessons. It's great that you can save drafts and do some trimming of the recordings, and that the recording pauses when you add in media. However, creation could feel a bit hamstrung compared to on other platforms that feel like full-fledged video and lesson creation suites. While these more lightweight features might frustrate some users, Educreations is still a powerful tool, especially for students: As long as users have gathered the information they want to include before they start, creating a cool presentation can take only minutes. And after all, it's never a bad thing for students to learn the power of planning ahead.

Overall Rating

Engagement

Lesson creation is quick and easy for those that do a lot of whiteboard/annotation teaching. The clean design minimizes distraction and allows greater creativity and freedom.

Pedagogy

It takes some planning to make a great presentation. Mixed media and a usefully limited toolset encourages experimentation. For help (or fun), you can watch lessons posted by others. 

Support

A simple help/FAQ list is available, but the app is very intuitive. The library of user-created lessons offers some inspiration. It could use some more structured activities and tutorials.


Common Sense reviewer

Community Rating

(See all 128 reviews) (128 reviews) Write a review
Featured review by
Ciara T. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Xavier University
Cincinnati, United States
Amazing Board Drawing!
This app is a great tool to use, besides using a regular white board in the classroom. I like the feature of the screen being recorded as students work. This feature allows for teachers to see what students are doing, which cannot always happen when there are 25 students in the classroom at one time!
Read full review
Data Safety
How safe is this product?
Users can interact with trusted users.
Users can interact with untrusted users, including strangers and/or adults.
Profile information must be shared for social interactions.
Data Rights
What rights do I have to the data?
Users can create or upload content.
Users retain ownership of their data.
Processes to access or review user data are available.
Ads & Tracking
Are there advertisements or tracking?
Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
Unclear whether this product displays traditional or contextual advertisements.
Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.

Continue reading about this tool's privacy practices, including data collection, sharing, and security.

See complete evaluation

Learn more about our privacy ratings