Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Educreations and Meograph help flip classrooms

Though Educreations was just an app for iPads and i-devices, it can be used via a Web browser--which is how my PC district has to use it. Nevertheless, it's still very effective in creating simple video tutorials. Educreations is simple enough for all users--students, teachers, and administrators--to create short videos either teaching a topic or showcasing what a student has learned. All you need is an account!

Meograph \ Meograph Education is a great new site for creating 4D Videos that incorporate maps, timelines, photos, videos, and narration. Not only is this a great tool for creating flipped classroom videos, students can use the site for developing presentations and end products on units they've studied. Currently, you do not even have to have an account to create videos. Though, having an account allows you to organize your work. If you would like management features for students, there is a small licensing feature. However, you can still have students create their own accounts without it. You just lose the management aspect.

To create a Meograph, you must first think of an introduction, body, and conclusion--much like a standard paper. However, instead of adding in text, you add in "moments." Moments can range from audio narration, maps, dates, images, and videos. Therefore, rather than having a standard paper, you can create an interactive four dimensional story.

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