13 December 2013

Using Educreations for Responses to a Book

This week, students in kindergarten and first grade have been using Educreations to respond to the Olive, the Other Reindeer. I actually had three books from which the students chose one: December by Eve Bunting, The Fright Before Christmas by James Howe, and Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh. All eight classes chose Olive, the Other Reindeer. It's a good book, but I was hoping to read the other two at least once. Didn't happen. I'm guessing most of the students have seen the movie, so their familiarity with it probably helped it win. There were students in each class that voted for both of the other two titles, but they never had the masses behind them. My efforts at selling the other two titles increased throughout the week, but despite pulling out my best salesperson skills, it never worked.

Before reading the story, I told the students they would be asked to talk about their favorite part of the book or their favorite character. They also needed to use parts of the book to explain why a character or part of the story appealed to them. They used Educreations to draw a character and/or scene from the story. After practicing what they planned to say, we hit the record button and tried to talk as close as possible to the iPad to not get drowned out by all the other noise. There were a series of five buttons the students had to hit after recording their voice, but they picked up on it so quickly! Some students even made more than one response. Their favorite part of the exercise was showing off their finished product. Students were not only excited to share their video, but they were also interested in hearing their peers' work too!

Students need to be 13 years old to sign into Educreations, but fortunately you don't have to login in order to use the app. You do need to login to share your videos though. I signed in as me to get the examples below. 

Here are a few examples of their work:

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