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3 Apps Students Can Use to Document and Show Their Learning

February 8, 2015
There are several ways students can display and document their learning from creating digital portfolios to posting in a blog or a wiki. Creating digital mashups is also another potent strategy to use in this regard. The strength of this practice, besides enabling students to capture and document their learning processes, is the fact that it initiates them into the world of multimodality and allows them to express their voices through different modes.

Below are some of the iPad apps I would recommend for this purpose.

1- Seesaw


“Seesaw empowers students to document and share what they are learning in class.Students (as young as 5!) can independently create, capture, and store artifacts of learning in their private learning journal.Parents (after teacher approval) get notified of new items, giving them a glimpse of their child’s day and an opportunity to support learning at home.”

2- Educreations 


Students can use Educreations app to create animated videos explaining the things they have learned.”Educreations is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool that's simple, powerful, and fun to use. Annotate, animate, and narrate nearly any type of content as you explain any concept. Teachers can create short instructional videos and share them instantly with students, or ask students to show what they know and help friends learn something new.”

3- Explain Everything


This is another powerful app for documenting learning. Explain Everything allows students to create screencasts and step-by-step guides. They can annotate, animate, narrate import and export a wide variety of multimedia materials.Students can “Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage.”