Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.
Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that's simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept.
As a classroom tool, Educreations allows users to add live digital content to existing presentations. Here are a few ways Educreations could be used in the classroom:
Flipping the Classroom: This cloud-based app allows instructors to take their normal classroom presentations and add a voice narration coupled with actual writing on the presentation. The whole process is captured live by the app and produces a presentation that is what a student would typically hear AND see during a classroom presentation. Teachers are able to share the Educreations-enhanced presentation with their students who have internet enabled devices.
Differentiation: Educreations allows instructors to cater lesson materials for specific students or groups of students. Presentations can be created that address specific elements of a lesson that may prove more difficult than others. Students can watch/read the presentation at their own pace to improve understanding of the materials.
Note Taking: Educreations could be used by students to add their own personalized notes within the presentation if the presentation has been shared by the instructor previously.
Animation: Students can add their own animations and annotations to presentations that may add to student engagement. Educreations can be produced using any smart device that is internet enabled – i.e. classroom tablets or smartphones.
How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?
Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.
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