Melinda Mead: Educreations on the iPad!

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I have enjoyed having iPods in my classroom for the last three years. My students are so motivated by using them that I am always trying to find new apps from which my students could learn. This year I wrote a grant for 30 iPads. I wanted the camera, built in microphone and a larger screen.

I have been trying to implement the common core standards and to use the 8 best mathematical practices. I needed more than skill and drill apps to accomplish this. Many times I saw students were not thinking through math problems but were just pushing buttons in order to get to the next level. Could technology help students communicate their understanding as they made models of their learning? I found the answer to be yes. I chose the app, Educreations.

Educreations is a white board-like app that features 10 different colored inks for drawing, pulling images off the web, and/ or using the camera and the built in microphone. Students are able to draw and label the pictures while they explain their thinking.

Now when I ask students to show me how they would solve a multiplication problem, or where a fraction should go on a number line, they readily have the tools to do it. The app forces the students to not only to solve the problem, but to show and tell me how they did it. This makes the use of technology go from a gaming device to a way to demonstrate knowledge.

This app is not only powerful for my students, but also for me. I can see their thinking and evaluate their understanding. Often the students share their work on Apple TV. The rest of the class can immediately see what another student is explaining. This aids in my teaching and also for students to critique the reasoning of others and construct viable arguments. This app makes implementing our new common core standards an easy goal to accomplish. I have also showcased a child’s work during parent conferences. The parents have enjoyed hearing their child’s voice and to see what they have learned.

I use this app at least weekly. It is very easy to use and it can easily be applied to all subject areas. For this particular project, the students worked in pairs. I wanted them to show a mathematical concept they had learned this year. The students had a script where they introduced themselves, and deliberately laid out what they wanted to teach.

All of the partner groups had success. I uploaded their presentations to my account on Educreations.com. I can then use these lessons to teach from or to review at a later time.

The surprises for me is how unafraid the students are to use technology. They can easily figure out how to manipulate the options on the app. I had almost 100% of the students wanting to share their projects. They were proud of their work and success. 70% of my class prefers to show their mathematical thinking on an iPad as opposed to paper and pencil.

I will continue to use this app in math and all other subject areas. My next steps are for students to create multipage projects.

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