I previously posted about one of my favorite apps: Educreations. The app is so versatile and child-friendly. It is an app that allows students to create, rather than just consume. What I love most about it, is that it is applicable to a very broad range of grade levels and activities. Now that you've decided to download the free app, what can you do with it?
I am working in a new school and a new job this year, which allows me the opportunity to work in some age 3 preschool classes. I decide to give Educreations a go and let the students work with me during the second week of school. IPads with 3 year-olds their second week of school? You may consider me crazy. Take a look at the three different but related products we created!
To share the published videos, simply go tohttp://www.educreations.com and sign in. You can grab a link or an embed code for your video.
Other project ideas:
-narrate a story (write or type a story, create a story board, draw illustrations, and then record student voice telling the story!)
-explain math problems
-create diagrams and explain
-take photos of a given topic, and then record voice and writing to explain (shapes, colors, angles, etc.)
The possibilities really are endless with this app!
** I also will add that another very similar app exists - Explain Everything. There are a bit more features, but I find it less kid-friendly for our younger students.**
This year I had the exciting opportunity to be selected as one of the first 25 members of the Fulton County Vanguard Group. This group seeks to increase innovative teaching and technology use in our classrooms through mentoring and coaching. While it was difficult to be able to complete a lot of coaching because of my full time classroom position, I feel that I was able to continue to serve as a role model for technology use at my school. It is this group and my Specialist program at Kennesaw State University, which led me to pursue and accept a full time technology position for next year. This video is just a short clip of all the wonderful things that we were able to accomplish at Dolvin!
Today was the start of a new technology movement at my school; students received BYOT permission slips for a 4th and 5th grade pilot.
BYOT - Bring Your Own Technology (sometimes BYOD - "device")
My students are so excited. They wanted to know when they could bring the device in, how many devices was the limit, and why did we wait so long to start?? (I assured them that the one device they were allowed to bring it would be plenty, and we should be grateful that the pilot didn't start next school year when we would all be gone!)
So why am I excited? "Aren't you afraid of privacy, students wasting time, posting inappropriate things, etc."
When we discuss student misuse of technology, I always wonder about when, if ever, the student was taught about responsible use. The reality of the world our students live in is that technology will continue to enhance the way we live, whether we want to embrace it or not.
I believe it is my role to prepare students to not only be educated and knowledgable but equipped to face the world beyond my classroom.
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.