Review by Shaun Langevin, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2018
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Explain Everything Whiteboard

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Refreshed version of the original presentation tool still excites

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  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
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3–12
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Pros: Students can import content from multiple sources to use in their presentations.

Cons: Fewer features than the subscription-based Explain Everything app.

Bottom Line: While this app lacks the options of the full-featured Explain Everything app, teachers and students can still make powerful presentations.

Teachers can use Explain Everything Whiteboard to create visually engaging presentations. Upload these presentations to your preferred cloud-based storage and share them with your students so they can watch them when needed. This app is a fantastic option for teachers who use a flipped classroom model. Of course, having students create presentations can be a powerful learning experience as well. Students can record themselves talking about a favorite passage using video or audio.

Explain Everything Whiteboard can be a powerful assessment tool. Give a math assessment where students solve a problem and narrate their thinking. Easily import open source pictures of animals and have students circle and describe the different adaptations they see. Students could import one of their written pieces and annotate it, explaining their writing technique. While any student could watch a presentation with the app, creating is probably more readily done in third grade and up. Even then, older students will need time to learn how and when to use all of the features.

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Explain Everything Whiteboard (formerly Explain Everything Classic) is a presentation app for iOS. It integrates content from many sources that teachers and students can use to create lessons, tutorials, and more for class or personal use. This formidable tool is like a superhero version of PowerPoint. Users can import photos, PDF files, movies, and more from iTunes, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, WebDAV, and so forth to use in a presentation. Naturally, you can also add photos or videos right within the app.

The app can also be used as a whiteboard with the iPad video display. Tap on New Project and choose a blank project screen or import from one of many sources (you must enter your username and password information for that source on the linking screen). A white screen with tool options stacked on the left side appears, and users can begin to import content, write, and record audio for the presentation. Finally, save (it also autosaves) and play back the presentation. Users can edit specific sections of a recording without having to redo large portions of the presentation. There's also an option to subscribe to real-time collaboration and cloud storage capabilities found in the full-featured Explain Everything app. 

Your students can learn crucial 21st-century skills with Explain Everything Whiteboard. They can learn how to present information using multiple forms of expression (images, text, video, and audio) through digital technology. They can also learn how to convey messages effectively as they choose which social media accounts to link with and how to use that content responsibly. Explain Everything Whiteboard can help students (and teachers!) take presentations to a new level.

The differences between Explain Everything and Explain Everything Whiteboard can be confusing. While both are appropriate for classroom use, Explain Everything has some incredibly useful features that Explain Everything Whiteboard lacks. Most notable among these is that Explain Everything is available on Windows, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS. This flexibility allows students and teachers to work on presentations from multiple machines. Explain Everything Whiteboard also lacks the ability to collaborate by connecting to a partner's presentation and working on it in real time. Also missing is Explain Drive, which provides cloud storage space for each user. 

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Using social media and other content that can be imported from a variety of sources or created right in the app, Explain Everything Whiteboard helps students learn by making presentation creation fun.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Teachers and students can learn how to present information via multiple forms of expression: images, text, video, and audio. They'll learn about digital creation by explaining their writing, narrating their thinking, and more. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Students will learn to use the many features on this app via a clear, detailed tutorial/help section and in-app prompts.


Common Sense Reviewer
Shaun Langevin Technology coordinator

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Featured review by
Elizabeth L. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Lewis & Clark Middle School
Bellevue, United States
Everything is Easy With Explain Everything: Using Explain Everything to Demonstrate Mastery in All Content Areas
This tool takes student creativity to a whole new level! Not only can students explain and demonstrate content mastery, but they also can add a flair of color and creativity to their knowledge. Teachers can see what students truly know by hearing them explain a concept right on their project slides. The ability to create slides with ease and add in pictures and text are just a few of my favorite features that this app has to offer. Students can use this app in more ways than just explaining math problems. I have had students create drawings using this app to save as pictures for another project, and I have also had students create how-to tutorials with this app as well. This tool is definitely a winner when it comes to demonstrating mastery and even background knowledge.
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