Friday, November 1, 2013

Educreations + Background Eraser= ∞ Digital Storytelling Ideas

One of my favorite apps to share is Educreations.  It is app that students can use to explain their understanding, present what they have researched, or even tell a digital story.  I like to pair a few apps to allow students to use their own drawings from an external drawing app to create their stories.

Step 1- Draw a character
Use a drawing app to create a character that you would like to manipulate or move in Educreations and save it to your camera roll.

In the "What's Appening" tutorial below, I used the Hello Crayon App to draw a frog character.  It's easy to use and it's FREE.

Step 2- Erase the White Background
Use the Background Eraser App to erase the background your illustration and create a .PNG image file.  It's very easy to use if the background is one color.  With this trick, you can bring in a nice, full screen picture to use as a setting in Educreations, then use your own drawing as a "puppet."Check out the "What's Appening" tutorial on Background Eraser below.

Step 3- Create a Digital Story in Educreations
Create a digital story in Educrations by bringing in your own characters and moving them as you record. Check the "What's Appening" tutorial below.  My buddy shares his genius as we bring all three apps together.


  1. Thanks so much for your ideas and clear directions! I am not teaching right now but love to share resources with parents and teachers via my blog. Digital storytelling is a topic I have in my pipeline so I'm excited to try to use these techniques and apps with it.

    1. Susan, thank you for the compliment. What is the link to your blog? I'd love to check out the resources you share.

    2. Sure: . As you're interested in apps, you might like to check out my Pinterest board too. It's where I collect my own app reviews.

  2. Great info. Pinned to my Pinterest board creative use of apps.