This week, we are asked to provide an overview of a selected tool which has the potential for stimulating teachers’ creativity in a blended teaching context. In the previous eci833, I have learned how to use Powtoon,
When it comes to screencasting tools, the vivid image popping up in my mind is the how teachers deliver their courses on Khan Academy, which has subverted traditional classrooms. There is no doubt to say that Khan Academy is increasingly popular with students and parents around the world. When looking at Khan’s teachers writing and drawing on the electronic whiteboard and impart knowledge to everyone, I guess many of teachers also have the impulse to record a video course by using electronic whiteboard on their iPad. Now, the impulse of the teachers is seen by the interactive whiteboard application — Educreations.
Educreations is an app for the Apple Store. Using this app, teachers can turn the iPad into a Khan teacher’s whiteboard (functionally similar to the blackboard of our traditional classroom), and write on the board while doing the course explanation. The process of the board-writing and the voice of the teacher’s explanation will be recorded in the video course by Educreations. Like the video course of Khan’s teacher, this app does not require the teacher to show his face in the video course. The entire screen of the video is a whiteboard.
For the teacher, the process of recording a video is very simple. In addition to a large whiteboard for the teacher’s board-writing, the application has a function bar at the top of the interface. At the far right end of the
After recording the video lesson, teachers can choose whether the video is visible only to the student or visible to everyone. If it is only visible to students, Educreations will send the course notification information to the student’s mailbox. Otherwise, the course will be shared with the Edcreations platform. Educreations’ platform organizes videos by subject category and also provides video search capabilities that make it easier for students to find videos in which they are interested. To sum up, Educreations offers a more focused and streamlined experience, it has a gorgeous and clean design which emphasizes drawing on the whiteboard and makes it feel easy to jump in and get going.
Educreations has enormous strength and advantages but it has some weaknesses too. Considering students who cannot afford an iPad, Educreations would be unavailable for equal access to education.
Education technology is a direct way to solve the uneven distribution of resources. For this reason, I tend to record my course by using
Last but not least, there is an application in the App Store that is very similar to Educreations called ShowMe. ShowMe and Educreations are almost identical in function except for its slightly different interface design. In addition, unlike Educreations is exclusively used on IOS devices,