How I Use It
I use Educreations as a content delivery tool and as an assessment tool. On the content delivery side of things, I use Educreations as a sidecar to Kahn Academy. I think Sal Kahn has a great product and 8 times out of 10, I’m ok with the way he explains things. Sometimes, however, I use a different method, wording, or technique to solve a particular type of problem. This would be a time when I use Educreations to supplement Kahn Academy with examples of my own.
If you’ve ever watched a Kahn Academy video, then you have a really good idea of how I use Educreations. Basically, I start recording, then use a stylus to draw, write, or annotate a photo on the Educreations canvas. I teach math so essentially I’m using Educreations to record and archive example problems for my students to reference outside of class or in small groups during class.
From a pedagogical approach, one may not notice the great benefit of simply using this tool to record example problems. However, because I use these recording to support students at home and at their own pace, I am freeing up valuable time in class to focus more intently on the needs of my students.
Version 1.5.8 (the most recent at the time of this writing) is very stable and I feel confident recommending it to all. If you have an earlier version, you will really like the new features in version 1.5.8. In fact, my biggest criticism of earlier version was the lack of an eraser tool! Of course, the folks at Educareations listens to user feedback and they have added the eraser and many other features, including page scrolling.
As for the future of Educreations – this statement from their website announces that they will be offering a paid version soon. http://www.educreations.com/teacher-survey/
They say the free version will stay. Let’s just hope they do not remove features from the free version in order to make the pro version more appealing!