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.**
I could easily post every single day about another reason that I love Google Docs. The possibilities are endless! I've utilized the collaborative tools with students as young as 2nd grade.
In our last science unit, we learned about electricity. The students really enjoyed the unit, and we had different activities we incorporated to explore circuits, insulators, and conductors. At the end of the unit, students still had a lot of questions. We have recently created a Twitter account, so I debated sending all of the questions out that way. I then thought a bit more about how I could post several questions that students had.
Google Docs was the obvious answer. Students created the document of questions during class. We were able to all contribute our questions at once. We also had one central place where we could invite others to. With a few clicks, I changed the settings so that anyone with the link could edit the document. We used our Twitter account to share the link.
Today we were excited to learn that we had received answers to most of our questions! We had two electrical engineers contribute responses. Thank you to those that helped us expand our learning!
(Click the image below to go to the google doc!)
We recently started our unit on electricity in 5th grade. To start the unit, we invited GA Power in to do a lesson. If you teach in Georgia and have not utilized this phenomenal FREE resource, you absolutely must!
The presenter did a great job of introducing the idea of an open and closed circuit. The students got to participate in an experiment to test out a human circuit.
When students held hands, we were able to make the magic wand buzz with lights and sound! The circuit did not work if students were covering their hands with sleeves. We brainstormed what might be the cause.
We tested out different materials and sorted them onto the red and green pieces of felt. Red was for insulators and green for conductors.
We continued our unit in science lab the following week. We first built a simple circuit using a batter, a light bulb, and some wires. We tested out different materials to see if the light would shine when the circuit was closed. We found that most materials were either an insulator or conductor. One item - a pencil- could be both.
As we waited for all the groups to finish, we discovered that we could build more complex circuits. We combined two basic circuit kits to create one larger one with two batteries and two lights.
What would happen if we only used one battery? Would all the lights shine?
Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers that helped support our investigations!
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.