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Today I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Binder and her Kindergarten students. What a great class! We decided to show her students a screencasting app called Educreations. This app turns an iPad into an interactive whiteboard (IWB), and has the ability to record what is being created on the screen and what the student is saying. It includes simple tools (pen colors, photo/camera integration, text typing), and saves the student creations into an online stream that the teacher can access via the profile page on the Educreations website. The students enjoyed watching their classmates’ creations – these were viewable on the iPads and on the SMART board.
After demonstrating the basics of how the app works, I asked the students to record themselves while drawing an insect and to name each body part as it was drawn. Some students were a little shy, and spoke too softly for the iPad's microphone. It was easy to start over, and those students didn't seem to mind remaking their recordings if needed. After completing the assignment, some of the students instinctively wanted to make more screencasts, and went on to start telling stories as they drew. Below are two examples of their first attempts at creating screencasts...
David's Insect - "Army Ant"
David's Impromptu Story (complete with sound effects!)
Many teachers use Educreations to create their own lessons that the students can watch and rewatch as needed. The Educreations website allows teachers to create classes and to push teacher-made content out to their students. Many educators have created and shared their own lessons - you can search for content and share it with your own students. I can't wait to see what her students go on to create this year. I'll share more as they create it!