Learning about the many educational tools out there can be very overwhelming. I have been in a bit of a rut of using the same technology tools over and over. I get comfortable with my few tools and don’t look beyond that when I’m in teaching mode. This class is challenging me to look at new ways to improve my instruction and explore what’s out there.
I decided to look at tools that can create engaging video instruction and I could possibly use as I create my course. I looked at ones I have not heard of or explored previously. Reading about the many video maker tools out there got me excited to try them out. I found many set backs as I tried the free versions. I am not able to give a full evaluation of these tools as I didn’t get to fully emerge myself in them. I will share what I did learn about two specific tools and attempt to share where you may find out more about these educational tools.
Educreations and Explain Everything have many similar features and purposes. They are both designed to allow educators and students the ability to create, annotate and share educational videos. Both tools provide an easy-to-use whiteboard format.
- Easy to use and navigate.
- Can use as whiteboard.
- Can voice record.
- Type text or write.
- Add a pdf easily and draw/highlight over.
- Multiple slides.
- Add pictures and videos easily.
- Can only be used on iPhone or iPad. No PC access.
- Not easy to go back and edit.
- Cannot access other educators lessons on free version.
- Can only make 3 videos on free trial.
In the video I created to test out the tool, I enjoyed drawing and being able to explain/annotate. It was great that I could pause and draw more so I could keep the attention of kids. My video was not the greatest quality but I would like to continue to create more videos and explore this tool further.
I am currently teaching a unit on communities so I used this topic to test out making a video. I tried to add all the features it offers to test each out.
Explain Everything was also fun to explore. I made a video about Animals for a science unit. My video would not upload here and I had to cut it short. I have attached the link and hope that works to give you an idea of what it is. https://expl.ai/REGGXJT In the video I go on to explain characteristics of each animal but you will not be able to see that.
- Has clipart to use on whiteboard.
- There are templates to choose from.
- Can do a live lesson.
- Can make lessons on PC and app.
- Collaboration with other educators and students.
- Can create a web link but only up to 1 minute for free trial.
- Can easily add pictures and text.
- Only one slide in free version.
- Not simple to stop, go back, or edit.
Will I use either?
There is potential for both of these tools to be great for educators if they have full access to all they have to offer. For me currently teaching in-person, I believe they would be great for having to move online as we never know when that could happen. The free version of Educreations would work best for me to be able to create a video and put it on Seesaw easily.
Trying out the free versions, it is hard to say which one is more useful for educators. Reading and researching more about them I found more recommendations for Explain Everything.
Explain Everything has more features included in the free access. It allows you to be able to make more videos and have more options. To get an adequate review I would suggest reading more about the full versions.
Below is an analysis that includes more details of the ‘pro’ versions of these tools. Common Sense Education has reviews for educational tools that are great if you are looking into accessing a new app or online tool. I would recommend checking Common Sense Education’s Edtech Reviews. Youtube is also loaded with tutorials and information around these and many other common educational tools.
I am happy to have had the opportunity to dive into these educational tools. I look forward to exploring more in the future.
Has anyone used either of these tools or have access to them? What is your favourite site to create videos on? I would be happy to hear about your experiences with these tools or others that are similar!
Until next time,