Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Educreations Interactive Whiteboard is an app designed mainly for teachers to present lessons, but teens can also use it to create presentations or study. Teens and adults can create slideshow-style lessons or presentations using typed or handwritten text, photos or graphics, and voice recordings. In addition to seeing their presentations on the iPad, users can view their creations in any web browser.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- making new creations
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
Both the lesson-creation and social-sharing experiences are engaging and fun. The clean design minimizes distraction and allows greater creativity and freedom.
Users must organize information before they start and experiment with ways to create and share lessons and presentations, making this a great exercise in planning ahead. For help (or fun), you can watch lessons posted by others.
A simple help/FAQ list is available, but the app is very intuitive and many users may not need it.
What's it about?
Users 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). Creators can move around and resize images and text, as well as draw directly on the images. There is no limit to the number of slides in a presentation. There is also an option to record audio over the slides. Users can save, categorize by subject, and share their presentations.
Is it any good?
EDUCREATIONS INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD makes it easy to create a multi-page presentation or lesson. Photos can be resized and moved around the pages with ease, and the colors for writing or marking the images are fun and help highlight points on the board. Recording a voice-over is as simple as a tap, and the audio plays back clearly. The app also makes it incredibly easy to categorize, save, and share creations publicly or privately.
Previously, Educreations was a one-shot tool; by design, users couldn't save a draft in progress and the tool focused on on-the-fly creation. Later updates have added the draft feature; free users can save one draft presentation at a time and paid users can have unlimited drafts in progress. Subscription packages offer more storage, sharing, and download options; check the developer's website for the range of options to figure out which one best fits your needs.
Families can talk about...
Review with your teen your family's rules about online sharing; help them make sure their privacy is protected when sharing whiteboard creations.
If your kids' teachers aren't using Educreations, tell them about it.