Tool Evaluation #5

Tool Evaluations
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educreations.com

Create interactive lessons online using educreations!

White-boarding software, used online

Lessons created by teachers to create interactive lessons for students

Appropriate for use in all classrooms and all ages 

Free, with the option to upgrade to the pro version. Price depends on how many students the version is for (ex: 60 students -> $17.99/month)

FEATURES INCLUDE:

Ability to create and save lessons under Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 2.09.27 PM.png and then add these lessons to specific classes (helpful for secondary teachers who teach different classes)

Ability to add students to each class, which enables them to access all of the lessons

Allows teacher and students to interact with the pre-made lesson on an interactive whiteboard using the pen tool 

Allows teacher to ‘record’ and ‘save’ lessons in real-time so students can access them later once added to their class

Includes a pen with several colors and the allows pictures to be added to lessons Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 2.23.05 PM.png       Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 2.23.31 PM.png

Age Appropriateness

Can be used by any age student (K-12), very easy to use and interact with. Students are always more engaged when able to interact and experience a hands-on lesson.

Ease of Use

Tool is easy to use, because it is so similar to writing on a whiteboard. Only issue may be that a lag may occur or if students put their arms on the whiteboard while writing. May require a little practice before all students can effectively use. 

Alternative Software

SmartNotebook: allows you to create a presentation before hand, which is convenient. However educreations allows teacher to save the presentation in real-time so students can review it as it was taught in class.

Feedback Provided

“Each student can use it as much as they need. That’s the great thing about it.”

“Our test scores were already really high, so we weren’t trying to fix something that was broken. We just saw this as a better way to teach.” -Matt Macfarlane (History, CA)

“Parents want to be involved, but they don’t always know how… This brings them right into the classroom, without embarrassing their kids.”

“And it’s wonderful if a kid’s sick. I had a couple kids who missed a week, and they could watch my lessons on the airplane, or wherever.” -Bonnie Odd (Math, UT)

Classroom Applications

If students are unengaged during certain lessons, they can be made much more interactive and engaging for the classroom.

Ex: Students can be asked to come up and show their work on the board in a middle school math class

Ex: Students in Kindergarten and First Grade can practice writing and spelling words on the board, or identifying vowels, consonants, digraphs, etc…Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 12.16.17 PM.png

Students who are absent for any period of time can go online to access the lessons that they have missed while unable to attend class. Screen Shot 2017-02-19 at 2.44.44 PM.png

 

 

 

 

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