App of the week: Explain Everything

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.  https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/explain-everything/id431493086?mt=8

From students explaining their thinking while solving a maths problem:

[from http://osstechenablinglearning.edublogs.org/2014/02/28/268/]

to creating a presentation on any topic (don’t laugh at my first ever Explain Everything video!)

Explain Everything makes it easy.

You can

  • insert images or video from your camera roll, Dropbox, or Google Drive
  • take a photo or video from within the app
  • insert a file from Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive
  • insert a browser to search and annotate web pages
  • use text tools to draw and type
  • use a laser pointer to highlight things as you speak about them or add arrows or other stickers
  • export the completed project as a video, image or pdf file to other apps
  • upload to Youtube, Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive

Mrs Wideen’s blog has some great examples from lower primary students.

This video from Paul Hamilton is a good overview of how the app works:

Explain Everything is a great app for students to use in the one-to-one classroom but it can also be used in the one iPad classroom giving lots of the features of an IWB in a device that can easily be passed around the room.

The app costs $2.99 and in my opinion is one of the best value-for-money apps available for education.

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