Easy-to-Use Educreations Helps Students Show What They Know

The versatile app is great in any classroom, for any subject.

January 15, 2014
Amy Wilson
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, United States
CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration

We’re spotlighting an app this week that we think is versatile enough, and easy enough to use, that even the most time-strapped educator can take advantage of it: Educreations.

Educreations is a free mini whiteboard for students or teachers. You can write on it, record a video or just audio, and much more. These mini creations can get kids involved in the lesson in new ways.

Teachers can create lessons or a slice of a lesson to share with students. Students can demonstrate what they know. In some respects, Educreations is following the writer’s dictate: show, don’t tell.

And best of all, it’s very easy to use, which is not surprising given that the creator of “Pieces of Flair” on Facebook, Wade Roberts, is behind the design. Roberts deliberately wanted to create something that any teacher could pick up and jump right in.

As he told Mindshift’s Katrina Schwartz of ed-tech software generally:  “If this is the future of learning, there needs to be a platform for the average, non-tech savvy teacher to participate.”

Here are a few examples that Mark Thomas, a teacher and educational computing strategist at Vincent L. Triggs Elementary School in Nevada, offered his students:

  • Students can create math problems and narrate their thinking
  • Students can write stories and narrate them
  • Students can create video lessons similar to Khan Academy in any subject
  • Students can practice fluency by reading a story while a partner illustrates … (thus practicing listening comprehension / visualization skills) 

One teacher, commenting on our site, used it when teaching kids how to create a storyboard during a writing project.

“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 embedded 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.”

A math teacher also commenting on our site uses it to test comprehension:

“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.”

The possibilities are endless. How do you use it? Join our community of educators who are rating and commenting on apps they use. We’d love to hear from you.