How I Use It
I use Educreations with students from grades 1-8 for both formative and summative assessments. For example, after introducing a concept, like basic geometry in second grade, students created a one minute video drawing, showing, and describing shapes. This gives teachers an understanding of what concepts have been learned as well as misunderstandings. It can also strengthen student understandings as they search for more knowledge to complete this project. During their explanations, they often realize that they don't fully understand a concept so they seek out more knowledge.
This tool is great for students to show and explain concepts at any grade. My students have made public service announcements, tutorials, commercials, and videos. I use it to create tutorials, introduce lessons, and make simple videos.
Users can set up their pages with images from the Web, Dropbox, camera roll, or camera. They can add and edit text, as well as draw with 10 different colors. After students have their pages all set up, they begin to narrate and record as they add drawings or manipulate the images to animate the pages. Educreation videos can be elaborately planned with storyboards or can be simple recordings.
The app is continuously being updated and improved. One new feature that was added in the spring of 2013 was the ability to re-start the narrative recording. During the summer of 2013, the developers personally contacted me asking for ways to improve their product. I believe that this free app will continue to become even more useful in the classroom.
Use Educreations to make teacher or student created videos. Originally it was designed for teachers to use with the flipped classroom concept. Many teachers, however, are using it for student creations. Use photos, camera, drawings, text, and narration to create multi-slide videos.
Educreations can be managed in a teacher created account. Classes can be set up by the teachers. Students are now able to have their own accounts to store their video creations. Educreations is on my top ten list of educational apps. Not only is this a useful app but it is so highly engaging that many of my students have downloaded this app on their own devices to make their own videos at home.