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Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screen casting tool that’s simple, powerful, and fun to use. The author can annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as they explain any concept.
What we think
Within the research of Autism, it suggests that people with ASD may rely on one or a range of learning styles in particular visual and rule based thinking. This app recognises this and accounts for this through visual input, auditory and interactive. Moreover, the person developing the lessons for that individual can consider that individual with ASD special topics of interests which would further motivate the person with ASD to participate and engage in a set lesson.
The app is simple and clear to use which allows the person developing the lessons to focus on delivering instructions in a concise and structured manner. The app is easy to use with various age groups and populations including teachers, students and their families. Moreover, the app allows student’s to access Language on their own terms and during their own time. Also the benefit of the app is that it allows for more 1:1 time with the individual.
Yes, the app can be used to teach in a variety of settings and a number of different formats (voice, visual and interactive). The app can be used by teachers or therapists to introduce a concept, consolidate and test the individuals understanding of a range of areas (i.e., Social Skills, science, maths, Language). Another benefit of the app is that the lessons learned at school can be accessed at home, which will allow generalisation of concepts covered and follow through from parents.
The feature of videos can be a strong motivator for students and will enhance their learning opportunities. Moreover, the lessons that are recorded in the app can be saved and downloaded for review at a later stage. This will assist with any anxiety that an individual may have with being unable to remember the content that the teacher is using as they can go back to the content whenever they want. This may motivate them to concentrate and focus on the task rather than on worrying that they are going to miss out on information. Also, the app is interactive, in that, the individual can draw and write over the lesson pages which provides an additional incentive and suits a visual learner style.
Yes the app is designed to be used by a range of people with varying skill level. The importance is placed on what is entered into the teaching modules. This will dictate the level that the author requires the individual using the app to understand. Therefore it can be used to teach basic concepts to more complex higher-order thinking. The benefit of this is that it can be individualised to target the person’s specific level.
Yes the app can be personalised to suit the individual’s needs depending on their current functioning on many domains of educational learning.
Depending on the content in the app, it can target the intended skill/topic for that individual if it has been developed to suit that individuals needs. Therefore it is the responsibility of the author to develop a lesson that is tailored for that individual and make any modifications to the lesson should any difficulty arise with the individual learning the information.
Possibly if there were pre set templates for the varying teaching concepts that can then be individualised or modified if needed.
It can be a useful tool for people with ASD as it incorporates information in a variety of formats (visual, verbal, interactive) which would assist with understanding and consolidation of information. Also, the replay function of the lessons can be useful for individuals and families to follow through with the concepts and generalise skills learnt during the classroom or in therapy. The app can be accessed from home, which might be helpful for some clients who are unable to attend school (e.g., extreme anxiety, challenges in the classroom) to allow them to learn the concepts so that they are not falling behind in the concepts when they do return to the classroom.