2. Explain Everything

What?

“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.

Create slides, draw in any colour, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer.

Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage.”

explaineverythingTechnical specifications

Developer: MorrisCooke sp. z o.o.

Price: € 2,99

Size: 78,4 MB

Rating App Store: ★★★★+

Available on: iOS, Android, Windows

 

Efficiency value


Explain Everything is an application that allows for remarkably easy creation of whiteboard activities. It lets the user interactively present content supported by a variety of helpful tools such as narration, animation, annotation, etc. It provides a framework for lessons similar to an old-fashioned blackboard but with the creative possibilities of technology.

 

Content value


The actual didactic value of Explain Everything by itself is non-existent; it is a creative presentation tool. As such, it only gains content value by combining it with the actual subject of the lesson you are teaching. For a proficient user, the possibilities offered by Explain Everything are numerous and are without a doubt a boon to the lesson.

 

Motivational value


Student usage of this tool will be limited, aside from presentations in which the pupils might use it themselves this application will mostly be used by the teacher. The use of Explain Everything during a lesson can still be motivational to the pupils in a different way. A lesson subject explained through creative use of animation and annotation can go a long way to provide structure for the pupils. Once again, the application’s inherent motivational value is low and is dependent on the lesson subject it is combined with and the execution thereof.

 

 

 

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Comments
A wonderful tool that can be used in almost any lesson. Providing the framework and support of a classic blackboard combined interactive creativity. While not very impressive on its own, it can be an excellent supporting tool in the hands of a proficient user. An intuitive user interface allows anyone to immediately pick up and start creating his or her own lesson content.

 

Lesson ideas

 

  • This app can be useful when giving presentations about cultural and geographical lessons. In comparison to similar applications, this one provides a far more fluid and interactive experience. Those pupils who feel so inclined can create an impressive, dynamic multimedia presentation.

A blind map can be shown, which pupils can annotate themselves. Any exercise in a less traditional format (such as crosswords) can be also implemented easily.

Finally, pupils can create their own lessons. It is well known that explaining something is an excellent way to study something. Pupils can be tasked to make their own lessons about a topic and then explain it to the rest of the class.

 

  • This app also has a lot of benefits for grammar lessons. Being able to draw on typed sentences and grammar grids makes it as easy as a smartboard. The biggest advantage is that we can make a video of this animation, with spoken explanations during class. You could put this video with live explanation on the online learning platforms, in a way that your pupils can check the explanation again while studying. It could also be used as an alternative for Bednet, an organisation that allows a pupil with a serious long lasting illness to follow classes through livestreaming. With Bednet, a webcam is put in the back of the class to allow a pupil to follow the classes. This initiative however is only available for pupils who have a long lasting disease. The option of saving lessons in Explain Everything, can also be an outcome for a pupil who has been sick for only a few days.

 

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  • This app can also be used by students, and not only by the teacher. If they themselves have to make a presentation, they could use this instead of the more traditional PowerPoint, because the options for animations are endless. For example, you ask them to make a presentation in groups about the different countries where English is an official language. They have to give a cultural background, a geographical background and a political background. In this application, they can easily add pictures and maps of the countries, and let text appear in a more fluent way than in PowerPoint.

 

Objectives

 

  • Pupils can make their own presentation, in group, alone or with guidance from the teacher.
  • Pupils can turn a written text into a presentation.
  • Pupils can make their own presentation based on already existing presentations, or based on a manual offered by the teacher.
  • Pupils can create a plan before creating the actual presentation.
  • Pupils can make a summary of their subject matter in Explain Everything in order to study more efficiently.
  • Pupils are willing and able to access existing presentations at home, made by the teacher, to study.
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