How I Use It
I use this product for math assessments. We use Everyday Math in my district and for those of you who use this curriculum know their is an oral and slate assessment with each unit test. Instead of wasting my time going around and asking kids to count by 5's or write numbers and circle the 10's place I am using educreations. I give my students the oral/slate assessment all at once. I give the question (for example count by 5s from 100 to 150) and then my students will record themselves. When all the assessment is over they save their video right to my dashboard and I can go back in my own time and see who understands the concepts. My kids have also taken their math tests using educreations. They take pictures of their test and then describe how they get the answers they get. It allows me to get inside their heads and understand what they are thinking as they take a test. If a student gets answers a question like 25+19 and says the answer is 34, even though the answer is incorrect if in their screen cast they can explain they add the 10's place and the 1's place then add the partial sums I at least know they get the concept.
I have used educreations for kids to do some research. For example they learned about Henry Ford as a historic hero. We used educreations to search the web for 2 interesting facts. My students copied pictures from the internet onto their whiteboard and told a fact as well as why that fact was particularly interesting to them. After all the screen casts were finished they were able to embed the video right in their student blogs. Parents were able to see what we did in class to learn about Henry Ford.
I think this product is a great teaching tool. I use it for both formative and summative assessments, inquiry based projects, parent communication, etc. I like that it is web based and that my students can have their own account. I love how they are able to share their videos on a blog and let their classmates watch and review their project. An example of this would be during a recent Writer's Workshop project I taught my students how to storyboard. The storyboard was a way to put their thoughts into a picture that would then be turned into a sentence. I brought in a class set of iPads and we used educreations to create a screen cast of what my students wanted to say behind each picture on their storyboard. They then uploaded the video and embeded it into their personal blogs. The blog posting was shared between students and with parents. It opened up dialogue between students on what made sense and what didn't on their storyboard. Parents loved being able to see a proect from school by simply going on our school website. Being able to engage each student and allow them to share their thinking as they progress through projects is incredibly valuable to me as an educator.