Teacher Review For Explain Everything

My favorite virtual whiteboard and screencasting app!

Gilda G.
Technology coordinator
The Classical Academy
Escondido CA,
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
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 Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I've used this app extensively for teacher-created and student-created presentations. It is extremely easy to begin using, yet it is a powerful, full-featured app that provides limitless possibilities for learning and sharing. In one 6th grade class, I loaded the app on the classroom iPads and within minutes students were diagramming animal and plant cells, while narrating the names and functions of each part of the cell. As a simple virtual whiteboard, students can "write" and narrate a math problem or diagram a sentence, and then share with classmates via the classroom projector or privately to the teacher. So, doing double-digit multiplication or long division, a student can narrate his or her method doing a specific problem, explaining why he chose to follow that series of steps. This can be an incredibly useful assessment for teachers. In reading, the teacher can upload a reading selection and have the student read aloud highlighting the passage as he goes. If done at the beginning of the year, this is a great baseline oral reading assessment. Additional readings throughout the year can track growth in this area.
My Take
Every iPad at my school has this app. It's just one of the most powerful creation apps available and it keeps getting better. I've been using it for years and I still haven't tapped it's potential. Students begin using Explain Everything as a simple whiteboard. At the next level, they can take pictures as their group does a science experiment and upload the images to EE. Each image becomes a separate EE slide which can be narrated and annotated using the various laser pointers, pens, and highlighters. The finished project can then be sent to YouTube to be converted into a video that you can embed in your class website. A more sophisticated video can be created by uploading a PowerPoint or Google Slide presentation. Each slide becomes an EE slide that can be narrated and annotated before sending it to YouTube to be converted to video. This is truly my favorite app in its class, out-distancing it's respectable cousins, Educreations and Show Me.