Monday, 15 April 2013

Exploring 'Explain Everything'

Recently we purchased the app Explain Everything for our set of iPads. Previously, students had been familiar with Show Me and really enjoyed it. However, the thing I liked about Explain Everything is that they can embed videos as well as images and drawings for screen capture. It's not as simple to use as Show Me, and that has provided some challenges, especially when we don't (currently) have Apple TV to allow sharing via the SmartBoard for tutorials, but I am muddling along! Here's a video I found for teachers that begins explaining the basics of using this screen capture tool... As I've been exploring various uses for Explain Everything, I like the versatility of the app and the range of age and education levels that find it useful and accessible. One thing I haven't discovered yet is how to get the project to automatically play multiple slides or how to play a video as part of the overall slide playback (without having to click 'play' for it). Perhaps this isn't possible, but since viewing the above tutorial, I suspect the thing that must be done is to import the video and then hit record for the entire piece, manually moving from slide to slide and choosing play on the video and then stop the screen capture recording at the very end. Playing THIS back SHOULD, if my theory is correct, allow for seamless playback of all elements... Stay tuned while I try is out a little later. I also need to discover how to upload these projects to my students' blogs so they become the most useful learning outcomes possible because of the authentic audience. More on that later...


  1. Oh my goodness I've just found your blog and want to follow you but there's not followers tab! You have so many great posts about apps!

    It's so weird, this morning as I was scrolling through my ipad I saw the app Explain Everything and played for about 2 minutes before I had to head off and here you are blogging about it. I think I'll give the ipad to my best "figure-it-outer" at school and get him to figure it all out.

    I'm adding your blog to my favourites list on my blog so I can find you again easily! I'm really interested in the rapping thing as well!

    x Serena x

    1. Thanks Serena! Sorry it's taken so long for me to reply to this, but I'm glad you like these posts. :) I'll see about adding a Follow button. Hope you've found time to explore Explain Everything some more.

      :) Jan