I’m a huge fan of apps on the iPad that allow students and teachers the opportunity to record their thinking and share it with others. I love Explain Everything, Screen Chomp, Doceri, and Educreations. My top two are Explain Everything ($2.99) and Educreations (Free). In this post, I’d like to specifically focus on Educreations as a powerful tool in reaching goals to meet Common Core Standards. Here’s what I love about this app:
-If you visit http://www.educreations.com, you can view free lessons that other teachers and students have created. For example, if you are looking for a lesson on equivalent fractions for 4th grade, you can search for that and learn from someone else. Here is an example.
-It allows you to turn your iPad into a recordable whiteboard.
-You can insert photos directly from your camera or camera roll and annotate onto the photos while recording your voice. Additionally, you can move photos around and place them in various places on your screen all while recording.
-You can easily email recordings to parents, teachers, and students. You can also share these to the “public” on the Educreations site.
Here’s some ideas in supporting the CCSS:
-Screen recordings allow students to share information on topics in a way that is completely unique to them. For example, a student might have a difficult time conveying his or her knowledge on equivalent fractions in written form, but might find it particularly easier to “teach” it to his or her teacher via screen recording. Students will find different ways to answer questions in ways others may not have thought about.
-Screen recordings give the teacher an advantage to really “get inside a student’s head” and listen to them explain a concept or problem.
-Screen recordings aren’t just for students. Screen recordings are a powerful tool for a teacher to record lessons on content and share it with students who are absent or need a review.
-Think about using screen recordings for an assessment tool. Play their assessment for parents at P/T conferences.
-Use screen recordings as an “Exit Ticket” in making sure standards have been met and understanding has set in.
-Share a student’s creative and powerful work with others by sharing their recording on your blog, wiki, or to your class Edmodo page, to name a few.
-Use Educreations as a weekly assessment in math or reading. Think of the great digital portfolio you could build to document student’s growth.
-Have students record oral descriptions for something they’ve created on the iPad. For example, my students recently created faces using the app, Faces iMake, and I had them create screen recordings to orally describe what they had created.
-Have students practice reading text aloud and talking about key vocabulary while recording.
If you haven’t had your students participate in screen recordings, you will be amazed at the power in these tools. I encourage you to check it out…create an account on educreations.com and begin the next school year by recording your student’s as they think aloud and see how it deepens your understanding about their knowledge.
A few examples:
Click here for a math example
Click here for an example of practicing oral descriptions