Rating: 4 out of 5 stars App Developer: Educreations Inc.
This iPad app provides educators with a brilliant teaching tool, which can be thought of as a whiteboard that speaks. Educators can draw and write using a range of colours; and use images. They can then record their own explanations, and draw, write and move the images to create animations while they are recording. For example, they can use a diagram of the brain, and while they are providing an explanation, they can circle, lable, and move the diagram around. The result is a complete audio and visual lesson, which can then be saved and shared via Email, Facebook and Twitter, and posted on educreations.com . One of the best educational iPad Apps.
This iPad app is available in a range of languages, and is accompanied by clear and simple guidelines, as well as outstanding help and support. Although there are 10 colours available to the user, in order to make colour selection quick and easy, he/she can select 4 to be displayed on the screen. These colours can then be used to draw or write. Images can be added from the library or from Dropbox, or photos can be taken using the camera. It is therefore possible to add any image to the lesson. The undo and redo features enable the user to undo and redo his/her work. The user can therefore teach concepts progressively, moving backwards and forwards between images. Images can be moved and re-sized; rotated and duplicated; and of course deleted. They can also be locked, which prevents them from being moved. Touching a little hand badge takes the user out of drawing mode, which enables him/her to touch the screen without drawing on it. It is also possible to pause and resume recording. Lessons can be as long or short as required, with the app’s ability to add pages. When saving his/her lessons, the user gives each lesson a title and a description, chooses who he/she would like to view the lesson, and categorises it into a subject area. Lessons can be deleted when they are no longer needed. An additional feature allows the user to share the app with his/her contacts.
Educreations is a superbly designed and laid-out iPad app. It is user-friendly and
educators can use it to help students with homework or tutor from afar, as well as in a classroom situation. Students can also use it to help them study. Three issues that could perhaps be handled in future upgrades are: the apps inability to allow its user to re-record; the lack of an erase feature, and the inability for the user to edit saved lessons. Otherwise, an extremely powerful tool.