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 will admit that when I heard that my assignment was a WebQuest - images of a low level scavenger hunt immediately appeared in my head. In fact, I wasn't excited about the project even after viewing some great examples.
My summer of grad school courses has been quite busy and tiring. This seemed like a task that I was not going to enjoy.
That all changed when I first discovered a photo of a family from 1920 that inspired my entire project. What if I had tell the history of the Great Depression through the story of this family? I then found my way to the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection. I was drawn into the faces of the young children.
Learning social studies growing up was my least favorite subject. In fact, I may have even admitted to *hating* a history course or two. I didn't want to memorize any more names and dates that seemed insignificant.
I had a completely different experience when I started to teach social studies. I was captivated by stories.
What if I could use these images and stories to try and capture my students, too?
I created this WebQuest as a required grad school assignment. I won't be in the classroom to adjust and implement it next year, but I hope that it can be useful for someone else.
Again I find myself wondering, am I making the right choice leaving the classroom? Will I find a similar passion in working with teachers as I have with young, inquisitive minds? Will I see the same enthusiasm and pride in learning something new or taking on a challenge?
Most importantly, will the adults laugh at my jokes?
23 weeks = the length of time it took for me to actually create something I pinned.
I love Pinterest, but typically the ideas just get pinned onto a virtual board rather than my actual classroom. I am an idea person, so just seeing ideas is enough. I file them into my "to think about later" category in my brain. Sometimes I remember to refer to them. Sometimes.
This particular pin was something I saw and recalled frequently, looking for the perfect opportunity to incorporate. To me, technology is not about technology. It is about how to incorporate technology in a way that enhances learning. With the state testing requiring a fast pace, I did not find an opportunity to incorporate this particular idea until the end of the year.
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.