Teacher Review For Explain Everything

Provides creativity and differentiation for all learners

Cheryl K.
Media specialist/librarian
Williams School
Auburndale, MA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I like to use it as a group presentation tool after aresearch project.because it offers so many ways to differentiate learning and insure that all students take part in the creation. It reinforces the knowledge they gained from the research and kept them excited about demonstrating their knowledge to each other and to a wider audience. Kids can draw, use pictures, write, narrate, get creative with color, use multiple slides so all can be featured and involved. My only disappointment was that some groups only wanted to record on some slides of the presentation so when we tried to export it as video it only took the slides that had recording. I fixed it by recording nothing on some slides, but hopefully that glitch will be fixed with updates, or maybe I just didn't know a better way.
My Take
You need a few minutes to explain the basics for use, but then let the students loose. There are too many features for you to teach it all, so don't be tempted. They will learn from each other and you will too. You can use it as a presentation tool or a practice tool. I like small group use because students can help each other learn, collaborate easily, and use features that speak to their strengths and improve their weaknesses.