App Review
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard

Enliven lessons and presentations with this easy-to-use tool

  • Easy user interface and a variety of color choices.

  • Include content and visuals from many sources.

  • Share lessons with students, parents, and other teachers via links, embed codes, email, and more.

  • Find public lessons created by other teachers.

  • Many settings and a good intro/FAQ for support.

Quick Take
Pros: You get just enough options to make creating presentations fun and effective.
Cons: This is a "one-take" creation app -- work cannot be saved until it's complete, or edited after it's done.
Bottom Line: Educreations Interactive Whiteboard is so easy and functional it's hard to believe it's free.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Both the lesson-creation and social-sharing experiences are engaging and fun. The clean design minimizes distraction and allows greater creativity and freedom.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Learning is inherent as users must organize information before they start and experiment with ways to create and share lessons and presentations. For help (or fun), you can watch lessons posted by others. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

A simple help/FAQ list is available, but the app is very intuitive and many users may not need it. The only difficult part is that an entire lesson or presentation must be completed to be saved -- you can't save midway and come back to edit.

Our Review
What's It Like?

With Educreations Interactive Whiteboard, it's easy for students and teachers to create a multipage presentation or lesson that can easily be shared with other students, teachers, or parents. You begin creating a whiteboard-style slide by adding images from the choices in the drop-down menu, or by writing (choose a color and finger-write or type using the on-screen keypad). You can move around to resize images and text, as well as draw directly on the images, and there's no limit to the number of slides in a presentation. There's also an option to record audio over the slides. Users can save, categorize by subject, and share their presentations. Saving is not automatic and cannot be performed mid-creation; everything must be saved at the end.

Is It Good For Learning?

The best part of this app is that it's easy to use while still providing enough options from which to source and use content, add audio, and display images to create highly engaging, descriptive lessons and presentations. Your lessons, and your students' presentations, will be much more engaging with prerecorded audio, images, photos, and fun colors that help highlight points.

You and your students must be organized, though: You can't save your incomplete presentation and come back later to edit. (At the time of this review, information on the developer's website indicated that this was done intentionally to keep things simple -- a "one-shot" lesson creator -- but that they're planning to add more saving options in the future.) However, as long as users have gathered the information they want to include before they start, creating a cool presentation can take only minutes.

How Can Teachers Use It?

Undoubtedly, Educreations is an excellent tool for creating and sharing multimedia lessons, for you and your students. Teachers can invite students to lessons created on Educreations Interactive Whiteboard with a link they send to students via the app or with a code; email lessons; embed them within a blog or website; or share via Facebook, Twitter, or on the Educreations website. You can also view and use the lessons created by other teachers on subjects ranging from history and science to art and ethics that they've chosen to make public.

For students, you can demonstrate Educreations' functionality and then instruct tech-savvy students to use it for class presentationsYou'll first want to go over the guidelines for privacy and fair use, since sharing can be public or private and users can pull content from many sources. 

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