How I Use It
We have used this app for many different types of lessons. Our two most popular ways to use it is by asking students to illustrate through photos or drawings a math word problem and explaing their thinking through a recorded voice. We give the students different word problems and then they rotate the ipads to watch the different videos and check their work against the videos of their peers. The other popular way that we use this app is in our science classes. We have used the iPads during the study of plants and had the students take photos with the iPad and then use Educreations to annotate the parts of the plants using the drawing tools while explaining the function of each of the parts as they draw. The collection of student videos is then saved in one location and shared as a "garden of understanding of Chilean plants" to share the specialized plants that we have in our local area with others around the world. When using this app we have had great success in solidifying student understanding and utilizing the app as an evaluation tool. We have encountered issues at time with the recording (microphone issues) as well as confusion with projects as it does require a log in account. At times the students forgot to log in and out and work was saved in incorrect folders.
As a teacher working with many ELL students, this app is an excellent way for students to demonstrate their understanding using various communication forms. Students can work in small groups or alone so it is excellent for extroverts/ introverts. In addition, students can write, import photos, draw, and/or record their voice which allows flexibility in how they want to demonstrate their understanding. Lastly, there is no specific content; rather, it is an app that allows students and teachers to input whatever content they want and use the technology as a tool to showcase understanding/ explanation of the chosen content.