In a nutshell, EduCreations created a recordable whiteboard APP for iPads and web browsers that captures everything you write and say, in real time, as you explain a concept. The image on the right is the startup screen. This is so user friendly I found all that limited me was my lack of drawing skills.
The most obvious aspect of the tool bar is the colour palette. With a simple touch of any colour, you can change the colour of the lines, letters etc that you are drawing at any time. To see more colours you click on the arrow that is in the bottom right hand corner of the colour you are currently using.
To enhance your lesson click on the picture icon to-
> take a photo using your iPad
> Choose a photo / graphic from your own library
> Choose a graphic from Dropbox.
You have the usual Undo or Redo buttons and the Delete button.
The button in the top right hand corner is what gets me excited. Touching the Record button takes an ordinary static screen into the next level , video. You or your students can record any instructions or demonstration for public or restricted viewing.
You also have a quick reference to the number of slides and which slide you are working on along the bottom of each slide. Navigation tools are only a matter of touching the forward or back arrows in the bottom corners of each slide. EASY!
PLAY! Remember how children learn and how much fun they experience during the process? That's how I approach all the APPs and software I review. I created my first lesson before I even looked at any instructions, and you can tell. The point, however, is the ease with which you can create lessons or concept snippets, using this technology. Touch and drag to write text, make shapes or draw. Already the lesson is taking shape.
Chris Streeter, the co-founder of EduCreations, contacted me with suggestions on how to use this technology. Here are the points he makes about preparing a lesson. Here are Chris' tips for teachers.
1. A great way to prepare a lesson is to set up a bunch of slides before hitting the record button (put something on slide one, something on slide 2, etc), then go back to slide 1 and start recording. Then you can just jump ahead and don't have to write out another slide.
2. You can pause the recording at any time. So if you want to draw something, think about what you want to say, etc, just hit the pause button until you are ready again.
3. Everything you do is recorded. So if you move or resize an image while recording, that will play back as an animation when you watch the lesson. You can also pinch to resize an image and rotate with two fingers to rotate an image.
4. If you make a lesson private, after you upload it, you can email a private link to people who can only view it with that special link.
5. You can explain a math problem, or draw something on a map or talk about prepositions. You can do this while live, in class, and then record what you are doing. This would have the benefit that your students now have an easy way to review the material, where they could review at their own pace; pausing and recording anytime they wish.
6. Another way to make use of the app is to create review lessons in a prep period or at home. Then have your students watch them if they need extra help. You could also create a lesson that is targeted for a specific student.
7. We also have several teachers who are using it to communicate with parents at home. The teacher can give updates about what is going on in class or what is coming up that they should know about.
8. We also have a teacher who is using it to give instructions to his substitute teacher and instructions to his kids when there is a sub (here are more of his videos: http://www.educreations.com/profile/335239/).
Below are examples - the one on the left is an example from the creators on their web site and the other two screens show slides from one of my lessons. The only thing now for you to do is, download the APP and GET STARTED. It is a lot of fun and you and your students can be learning along the way.