EdTech Quick Take: Educreations vs. Explain Everything

A teacher-focused showdown between two top-rated interactive whiteboard and screencasting apps.

August 14, 2015
Tanner Higgin Director, Education Editorial Strategy
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools

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Few teaching and learning tools are as useful as whiteboards. (And for those of us who love chalk, dust, and the occasional spine-rattling squeak: blackboards.) It’s the simplicity, elegance, and versatility of whiteboards that make them nearly ubiquitous in classrooms everywhere. It’s no surprise, then, that reviews of interactive whiteboards get some of the most traffic on Common Sense Education.

Here’s the thing, though: Because interactive whiteboards are so popular, there are a lot of good ones out there -- it can be tough to tell what makes one app different from another. It’s especially tough now that most offer a screencasting feature, something that used to be a big differentiator.

In this episode of our EdTech Quick Take series,  we chose two top-rated interactive whiteboard and screencasting apps: Educreations and Explain Everything.

Both apps nail the basics of the genre, making it easy to create, narrate, and share dynamic presentations. In terms of features, they’re pretty neck and neck, so the devil is really in the details. From design to price to platform, there are a lot of small but significant differences to consider. What are they? Check out the video above to see how each app stacks up!

And if you're already a fan of Educreations or Explain Everything, please tell us what you think in the comments below. If you've found others to be useful, you can let us know about that, too!


Laura Guevara
Technology coordinator
Escuela Bilingue Internacional
Oakland, CA

Thank you for the video! I would like to add to the conversation by sharing that the Educreations' dashboard is great for the lower grades, K through 2nd. We use Explain Everything with our older students as its functions are much more sophisticated.