Major Project Update: Explain Everything

I have spent a lot of time really trying to understand the ins and outs of Explain Everything and let’s just say that I still haven’t got it all figured out. I have watched tutorials and tried to play around with the tools on the interactive whiteboard, but I have come to the realization that it’s a lot more complex than I thought it would be. Which has made me re-evaluate the usefulness of the app. I still think that I could make use of this to help students outside of school by working through a question on the whiteboard and recording it for them so they can see how to do a specific question. I may use it to record portions of lessons for my flipped classroom as well. I still wouldn’t recommend it to students because they can use free apps such as Show Me and Educreations that are similar and look to be a little more user friendly.

I have yet to figure out how the ‘advanced’ editing tools work (which is maybe why they are considered advanced). I am not sure how to lock a PDF document into place or lock some items into place. I have used the lock feature but it never seems to work the way I want it to. Like I said before I have watched tutorials to try figure it out and usually tutorials help me, but sadly it hasn’t for this app.

I was hoping to be able to create some videos showing how I could use it in class, but I won’t be able to show a lot of the features. It will be a very basic video, but if that’s all I will be using it for is basic features then I guess that’s alright too. I have been struggling with how to create tutorials for this because it is only available on an iPad and I cannot screen capture my iPad screen. I have made one tutorial using screenshots and I think it does the trick but it would be nice to be able to capture the screen while I’m using the tools to make a video so you can see exactly how it works. I found out that I can airplay the screen through my apple tv onto my tv but I would then I have to record my tv screen and I’m not sure how to accomplish that either.

To sum all this up I guess what I am trying to say is that I am a little disappointed with how my Explain Everything review will turn out on my weebly page. I haven’t been able to learn as much as I would have liked to learn from the app because I have had extreme difficult learning the ins and outs. I have realized that it’s not as useful as I had hoped which is another disappointment. I apologize for the mediocre review but I did my best with what I took away from the app.

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6 thoughts on “Major Project Update: Explain Everything

  1. Hi Ashley–our students are frequent users of Explain Everything. Here’s a reference sheet I use with students: https://rcsdtech-my.sharepoint.com/personal/g_rodriguez_rcsd_ca/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?guestaccesstoken=9gKcO0YUEwMswx65x7kjT6BTW95iWJSwyuRzZBWETrs%3d&docid=0de462c260cd540dc93a3ab43d82b927a

    Here’s a video that I created that kind of shows how the app could be used by students to put them in the teacher’s seat. https://youtu.be/i18xIoAQBUM I have more student examples if you are interested in taking a look.

    In terms of iPad screen capture, there is an app called Reflector that might be useful to you!

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    • Hi Genna, thanks for the links. I understand the tools and what they do, but I just can’t get them to work the way I want them to. I have no idea how to make a video like the sample you have shown although I’ve tried multiple times. It just doesn’t seem to work the way I hoped. Maybe I just need a lot more time to play with it all. I was hoping to be able to upload worksheets or PDFs to annotate and do voice recordings over but again I just can’t make it work for me. I will look into the app for the iPad screen capture as well. Thanks again for trying to help me out. I appreciate you taking the time to read about my struggles.

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