How I Use It
As I said, this is an app which can be used in many different ways and at different levels of complexity.
With a small group of Grade 1 students, I used this to encourage them to reflect on their handwriting. This beginning group of writers wrote some key words and recorded their writing. They then watched the playback with a peer who helped them work out whether they had started each of their letters in the right place and moved in the right direction. A simple idea but one that was powerful for the students in seeing what they had done.
I've also used this with a group of Grade 6 students to create their own 'Khan academy' style maths concept videos. They were challenged to use an effective combination of graphics and their voice to explain basic maths concepts for peers. I had initially got them to methodically plan out what they were going to say/do/draw however, in hindsight, getting them to do the work then reflect on it and redraft (sometimes a few times) was more effective as they were very good at critiquing their own work and identifying improvements.
Explain Everything is such a diverse tool and can be used in so many ways. As a coach modelling lessons, I've used this with Grade 1 students who were up and running with basic functions quickly and also with Grade 6 students who took a little longer to find their way around more advanced functions. We'd tried another app at school which worked in a similar way but didn't cost anything however found limitations with outputting files - this was worth the very small price we paid for it.