Thursday, April 17, 2014

Explain Everything

Hello! It has been some time since I have wrote a post... testing season is in high gear. Please forgive me for my absence. I wanted to share a great app with you today.

$2.99
I am lucky to have a district that bought us this app, so I didn't have any out of pocket expenses. WooHoo! It has taken me this long to really play with and use Explain Everything. I am a huge fan of Educreations (see my previous posts), so I didn't see the need for another screen casting app.

Silly me.

This app is fabulous! Check out their website for more information. They have video tutorials and plenty of screenshots to walk you through the features.

Features of this app:

  • You can annotate and add text just like Educreations, but it will attach to objects and you can adjust the size on the screen! Super cool when you want more space. (Example: I was explaining a number line problem, so I zoomed in really close to show the intervals, labeled the intervals, and then zoomed back out to finish the problem. My annotations were "stuck" to the number line and they got smaller with the number line.)
  • You can add pictures and video from multiple sources. (Camera Roll, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, and more)
  • It has arrows and a few other shapes that are like stamps.
  • You can save it as a photograph or a video and upload it to any of the places mentioned above.
  • When you record, you do it one page at a time. Then you have some freedom in clipping your video like in iMovie. It is so easy to rerecord if you mess up or want to change.

Here is an example of one I made:

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I am planning on using this to create videos that will be attached to math homework assignments as QR codes. That is what I have been doing this week. I have sent home 10 problems a night from the Math STAAR released test questions. I uploaded the finished video to my Dropbox, then grabbed the link, made a QR code, printed, taped it to the first page of the homework and now the kids have a way to check their work!

I will let you know how it goes.

A few of my students chose to use Explain Everything with this Cause & Effect activity.

video

Have you used this app? Any problems? How have you had your kids use it?

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