Teacher Review for Explain Everything

The BEST app for creating digital projects that can be so easily shared!

Greg M.
Technology coordinator
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Explain Everything for years and have always been impressed with what you can create using it! A good way to look at this app is thinking of it like PowerPoint, but way better! My students would frequently use this tool to create presentations based on concepts, inquiries or just to show how they solved particular problems on tests and quizzes. The best part is that you can record your voice or shoot video and put it into the presentation. You can also draw on the screen, like a SMARTboard, making it great for, well... Explain(ing) Everything! Lastly you can take those projects created and export them to a video file and upload them to the web (or put them on a file) and share them with the world!
My Take
This is a great tool for a teacher to use to create that "flipped classroom" it is easy to create, record and share lessons with all of your students. It is easy to use, once you get the hang of it. There are a few minor issues that I have run into in my years of using this in the classroom. Many of the issues I have had in the past have been resolved, so the creators have a good reputation with making their product better. The biggest concern that I have always had is with crashing. When it first came out it crashed a lot and you would lose all of the content you created (super bummer), although it still crashes (much less frequently now) they have added a backup feature that saves most of your work automatically, I still strongly recommend to save as frequently as possible. That leads me to the second issue, which is it ALWAYS ask you if you want to override the project when you go to save it! This drives me nuts, because every student is always hesitant about selecting yes to override! This is just one of those minor things that can be a pain at first, but after many uses you get used to it! Lastly, it can get somewhat confusing when it is time to share and download the project. This is only due to the fact that Explain Everything can be connected to just about all of the file-sharing applications (dropbox, box, google drive, etc), which, on the other hand, is very handy. All-in-all, I totally recommend this app for all teacher and students that are using iPad's in the classroom. Although it is a paid app and there are similar free apps out there, I believe this is the best of them!