Educa has two apps -- the Educa Touch app for families, and the teacher web app for teachers and staff. The Touch is a family app for viewing and commenting. Whereas the teacher web app is designed to make create story and other teacher tasks simpler on a phone - through design, and using voice-to-text dictation and other native phone features.
The web app is all of Educa - accessible via an icon you can add to your phone - see instructions below.
What is the Teacher PWA?
The Educa teacher web app is called a "progressive web app" (PWA) - meaning it uses progressive design principles to support all mobile phone users on any browser.
The Educa Teacher PWA looks like desktop on an iPad, but different on a phone - it's mobile responsive, redesigned for the phone's smaller screen. However, it works exactly the same as the desktop browser version of Educa.
Because the PWA was designed for teachers, a lot of tasks are so much easier, for instance, story creation. And so Educa strongly recommends all teachers and admin staff download the Educa PWA to the home screen on their phone and use that icon to access Educa.
How to Add the Teacher Web App Icon
On iOS, log into Educa on your phone or iPad, tap the "share" icon in the footer, then scroll down and tap on "Add to Home Screen" - you'll see Educa pop up. You can rename it if you like, Then tap "Add" to save to your home screen. Here's a short video on how to add the teacher web app to your home screen:
For Android, (expect to be available end of January, 2021), log into Educa on your phone, tap the "Add Educa to Home Screen" banner in the footer. Like this:
This will add a Educa PWA icon to your home screen. Use that icon to login to Educa in the future. If you tap "remember me" you will be logged in automatically, like an app.
Why Use the Teacher PWA?
Everything on Educa desktop is on the Educa PWA. And in most cases it follows the exact same logic as desktop version of Educa. In particular:
- Create story is compact and includes all desktop features
- The PWA remembers you, tap the icon and you're in
- The screen is bigger as normal browser format, e.g., the bar that shows the URL, is not required - valuable extra space
- Dictate stories or notes using voice to text
- Access your inbox, your teacher portfolio, teacher messages and other features of Educa that are not available on the app
Coming soon! We are going to add offline functionality to the PWA.
Dictate Stories in Your Language (with Punctuation!)
Tap the microphone icon in the bottom right of your iOS phone or on the keyboard on Android phones - for voice to text dictation in your language. Dictate in the language that your phone is set to - under your General Settings - and Educa will write in that language.
Tap the microphone to start, tap to stop, then tap "Done" to get back to the Create Story page.
Note, the voice-to-text system also recognizes punctuation! If you say "He followed me period new paragraph" Educa will write He followed me. and then move the cursor to a new paragraph.
More on voice to text dictation on Educa apps here.