Teacher Review for Explain Everything Whiteboard

Use Explain Everything for, well, everything!

Dianne J.
Media specialist/librarian
Maclay School
Tallahassee, FL
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
We use Explain Everything to screencast a how-to lesson on our web page, for math centers, peer-help, etc. I facilitated a faculty workshop using the app, and divided teachers up into social studies, math, and science groups. The social studies teachers had to use a historical map and add a 10 minute lecture about change over time. The math teachers had to use the app to show or work out various math equations based on grade level. The science teachers use the app to explain how to set up a science lab. All the teachers loved it and had so much fun. This year our school has a 1:1 tablet program in 4th and 5th grade and students are using it for group work and to work out math problems. They are learning that if they have trouble at home with homework, they can send the video and the teacher can then figure out where they are going wrong and use her own video to correct the student work. In a school setting, there really is no limit to the use of Explain Everything. If your administrators are promoting more flipped class environments, you can use the app to flip basic lessons and upload on your webpage. In the library, I use the app to explain basic bibliographic citations and searches.
My Take
This is a great tool for instruction and for student-led instruction. Of all the educational apps and web tools I have experimented with over the past 5 years, I would say this is in my top 2 of really useful tools!