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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Educreations

Ever run across a product you couldn't wait to tell others about? Educreations! First, credit must be given to blogger Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources. She previews technology, and Educreations was tops on her list. Thanks, Heidi!



Click to view an Educreations presentation on narrative writing for developmental college students. Another example to view is Road of Life Maps. Having already moved to a flipped classroom format, Educreations added supplemental instruction for students who needed extra reinforcement or missed daily class information. Students like it because it is personalized with their instructor's voice, allows for multiple playbacks, and is available 24 hours a day. 

Educreations works by holding created lessons in a folder within its program. From there, users have many choices: upload to social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter; share with others through email; create student accounts; create multiple classes accounts; share links; and more...



How user-friendly is Educreation? Anyone can do it! Download the program to an IPad, Iphone, PC, or Mac. Sorry, Android use is in development phase. Then, think about what images, pictures, presentations, etc...you want to use in your lesson. If your device has a camera, pictures can be taken and used. If no camera feature is available, Educreations can still be used much like a Whiteboard. Store images as jpegs for easy integration. Finally, click on "Record" and begin. 

The Whiteboard has great features! Touch the colors on the toolbar, touch your finger to the screen, and write in colored ink. Touch the text box and type away. Use the graph paper or coordinate paper for math courses. Scroll up and down or left and right with your fingertips to add more pages. The program pauses when you leave the screen to find an image, so hit "Record" to resume your lesson. A cheap mic headset (like those compatible with Iphones) works perfectly--no need for an expensive, external mic. Recording sessions can be up to 30 minutes. It's that simple!

Currently, I'm in practice mode with Educreations, and as I become more familiar with it I'll become more professional. However, the program is doing exactly what I need it to do--reinforce concepts and skills for students once classroom sessions have ended. And, it's free!

Use these interactive presentations with Educreations:

Homographs and Context Clues 















FREE! Parallelism














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