How I Use It
My students have used EE to create videos that described historic scientists and their contributions to their fields. Kids were able to collect images and text to help clarify their scientist. Some students used animations of falling weights (Newton) while others used first hand images of space. Each project included student narration, on-slide illustration and slide transitions.
Our kids have also spent time learning how to use advanced features like video capture. 6th graders created a video "family tree" for their classroom groups. Each member of the family recorded an introduction and description of themselves which was then sized and placed on a hand drawn tree.
We have liked using the program although some students have lost work when the app crashed. This is avoided by saving often, of course, but can frustrate some students when they lose hours of effort. In all, the program is very successful in what it tries to do. Uses can easily be found in math (describing addition/subtraction problems), in English (recording and illustrating creative writing), in science (illustrating concepts) and in art. Developing alternative ways for our teachers and students to talk about their knowledge is one vital piece when assessing teaching and learning.
Explain Everything is an important general use app that lets students gather information (images, graphics, video, text, voice) to share with others in a variety of formats. Students and teachers can create projects that communicate original ideas via screencasts (captured video) or live using an AppleTV set up. Teachers can design projects that mimic interactive whiteboard activities. Students can develop projects that showcase their own understanding of “everything”.
EE is loaded with video tutorials that teach very advanced uses of this tool. Students that are ready for more complex work can use these lessons to expand their skills. The opportunity to explore and enrich their knowledge at their own pace creates an excellent environment for student collaboration. There is no greater avenue for group learning then when one student learns to do something new and cool. Invariably, a small group of students is ready to learn and incorporate the new ideas into their own work.