According to their web site, Explain Everything “is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything‘s flexible and integrated design.”
Explain Everything has become my favorite assessment tool – and become my students favorite tool for taking notes and submitting their work. In my AP Physics class, my students spend a lot of time collaborating on and working through problems. Sometimes, though, what ends up on their paper may not adequately reflect their thought process. So I have my students do one of two things:
- Solve their problem in Explain Everything but then do a voice over where they explain their line of thinking.
- Solve their problem on paper, take a picture of it using their iPad and then then do a voice over where they explain their line of thinking.
This has been so helpful in letting me understand how they are approaching and solving problems.
Sometimes, I will just ask for them to solve their problem in Explain Everything or just take a picture of their solution. Then I open their solution in Explain Everything and I can comment two ways: either using just words or by doing a voiceover myself. The voiceover is helpful when I want to give them a vocal explanation of why their solution has been successful – or not.