How I Use It
I have used Educreations mostly with students in grades 1-3. First grade students have used Educreations to take a picture of a paper graph that had completed and then label and describe the graph using the math vocabulary they had learned. They have taken pictures of patterns around them and then identified the patterns using the drawing tool and described the pattern as repeating or growing using the recording tool.
Second grade students have used Educreations to solve and create word problems. Students took a picture of a number sentence they were given and created a word problem. They then used the drawing and recording tools to draw and tell their problem and figure out the solution. Second graders have also used Educreations to create fairy tale stories. Students imported pictures they had drawn in another app into Educreations and then voice recorded their story. Third graders used the Educreations web tool to create screen casts about Ancient Mali to help themselves and others review for an upcoming test.
Overall the Educreations worked well with students in this age group. It is simple to use and students picked up on how to use it quickly. The only thing that I would suggest is that Educreations allow for you to erase the recording on an individual page instead of having to erase the entire recording. With the younger students they sometimes stumble, lose their place or train of thought and want or need to start again. It is a bit frustrating when they are in the middle or close to the end of their product and have to re-record the entire piece. Also, it would be nice if Educreations would add the erase recording to the web version.
Educreations can be used by teachers and students in a variety of ways. I like that it is easy to use and does not require a lot of set up time. I also like that it can be accessed online to view student creations and schools without iPads are able to use the web tool. Educreations allows students to be creative and to visually and verbally show what they know. I also like that it is simple enough for primary grades to use independently after little instruction and modeling.