Using Explain Everything to Bring your Lessons to Life #TopTeacherTool
In it’s simplest form, Explain Everything is a canvas upon which you can record your ideas. But that isn’t a description that quite does justice to an app rated one of the top apps for teachers and has set the education community alight.
Explain Everything allows users to record audio, write, draw, and move objects all while screen recording, turning your old overheads into an engaging teaching tool, incorporating all the elements required for best pedagogical practice when using media in teaching.
How Explain Everything Makes a Difference:
Unlike other apps, recording on Explain Everything is done one slide at a time. So when the inevitable verbal hiccups strike there’s no need to re-record the lesson in its entirety. Simply delete that slide and start again. No one will ever know.
You can even import your old slides into the app and then you are free to add drawings and voiceovers to transform them into a video. The ability to build off the teaching content you’ve already created saves you significant time and eases the difficulty of creating presentations when you first get started.
The app works with iOS, Windows and Android devices and imports directly into Google Drive or Dropbox making it a versatile platform that works with whichever hosting and sharing platform you prefer. It even works with Learning Bird, just save your project in video format.
Suggestions for the Classroom:
Make Learning Accessible Anytime:
Each student learns at a different pace (which is not necessarily a bad thing!) However, the trouble is that teachers often only have one period to teach a certain concept and not enough time to go back in order to review concepts already taught. This is where Explain Everything can come in handy. Store up lessons for students to refer to in the future, especially lessons that focus on basic fundamental concepts. Post these videos online so students can review them as they complete their homework at home, or leave them on the class iPad or computer and send students to review them during class work.
Save Time & Diversify Lesson Content:
Every teacher knows the time and effort that goes into lesson planning. Although we strive for lessons that are diverse and engaging for students, there are just not enough hours in the day to devote to preparing class materials! Explain Everything allows teachers to record and save snippets of their teaching and turn them into reusable segments for future lessons. In addition to saving precious time for us teachers, it also allows teachers to mix up their lesson formats with some video content.
Tool for Peer Tutoring:
Sometimes the best way to learn is to teach. Let students take control of their own learning by allowing them to create with the app. The good thing about Explain Everything is that the simple interface allows for students from late Elementary through to High school to use it intuitively with minimal training. A good suggestion would be to use the app in a jigsaw activity, allowing students to teach bits of content to others through self-created videos.
Alternative to Oral Presentations:
Have some students who are reluctant presenters? Why not give them a choice between presenting live or creating a video? Give students a voice and unleash their creativity at the same time by letting them choose the format of their presentations. Explain Everything transforms lesson plans into engaging pieces of content that keep students both informed and engaged. The real beauty of the app is the simplicity at which you can not only create but share your lessons. The well-developed export function lets you share presentations both as pictures and videos.