At the end of last year I got wind that the Educreations app for the iPad had been released. I was thrilled to hear this, since I sometimes bring my iPad into my preschool classroom for the students to do interactive learning games during our circle time, I thought this would open up a whole new learning experience for my students. So I of course downloaded it right away that night. You can grab your FREE download by visiting the iTunes link here.
I had never worked with an interactive white board and was very excited so I wanted to dive in right away. So what would my first lesson be? I tried to think of something that I know that I can teach to someone in (hopefully) under a minute? So I went to one of my passions Personal Kanban.
Very often when I share Personal Kanban for the first time to my friends or colleagues the first thing they say to me is “I don’t know, I think that might be difficult for me.” Nothing is farther from the truth. So I thought what better way to show how easy it is then to explain the technique in under a minute. Okay, so it’s 1 minute and 3 seconds to be exact! 😀
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With Educreations you can also add your own images to teach your lesson. Although my lesson was a very basic example, done very quickly, without a script, unedited and unrehearsed, you can edit your lesson to get it exactly the way you’d like. You will need to set up an Educreations profile (it’s a very quick process) where you can choose to add your school if you’d like, set who you want to share your lessons with then you are all ready to go. At this time there is not yet a public directory to the lessons, but you can view a few excellent examples in their lesson showcase.
The excellent thing about this app, although there’s no doubt it’s great for school use, is that it has endless possibilities for use in any profession. Anyone who has a lesson they would like to teach or an example they’d like to show to someone can use this tool effectively. There are many times when I am explaining an idea, method, or something that is difficult to understand just from an explanation, I believe that using this application especially in a meeting situation would be so effective in bringing everyone onto the same page. Being able to visualize leads you learn so much more.
Although my students are very young (3 years old) I want to let them use this to draw anything they want and explain about their drawing while doing it. I also want them to use this to begin to learn how to write their letters and numbers with this application. I know they will love trying this out especially with the recording integration, the possibilities are endless.
If you haven’t tried it yet, download it, and give it a test run. I’d love to hear what you think and in what ways you have used it.
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