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Why Not Just “Explain Everything”?

August7

Having the ability to create video podcasts whenever and wherever is finally here! Yep, you read that correctly!

As the name suggests, Explain Everything is an easy-to-use screencasting iOS app that allows users to annotate, animate, and narrate anything and everything! No kidding! This “cool tool” takes screencasting to a new level! Import photos, PDF, PPT, XLS, RTF, Pages, Numbers and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, email, the iPad photo library or the iPad 2 camera and then have at it!

Explain Everything can also simulate an interactive whiteboard with the iPad 2 and 3 video display. How sweet is that?

Other useful features include the ability to customize preferences (i.e. divide PDF or PPT into pages) as well as the option to export screenshots of individual pages to the Camera Roll. The latter option allows users to import these files directly into iMovie in order to make the screencast part of a larger movie.

Finished products can be exported to the device photo roll, You Tube, email, Dropbox, Evernote and Box in a variety of formats: MP4 movie files, PNG image files, PDFs and/or share the .XPL with others for collaboration.

Check out the example shown below of my BFF’s six-year-old explaining—well, himself.  OK, so it’s not the most academic of examples, but you’ll definitely get the idea of how this terrific app works. Plus, it’s a hoot!

Classroom Connection:

Explain Everything has a ton of classroom applications. From interactive lessons to activities, assessments, and tutorials, Explain Everything’s flexible and integrated design makes it a dynamic instructional tool. This app would also be a great choice for creating how-to clips for staff or students. For students, they can import existing images or presentations then annotate the file while verbally explaining the concept. What a great way to demonstrate learning!

In addition, Explain Everything would be a great digital storytelling tool as well!

As an FYI: Explain Everything is currently being used by thousands of teachers and students in over 60 countries. In fact, hundreds of videos are added each week to YouTube. Be sure to check them out for classroom samples—and inspiration! There are also amazing examples located on the Explain Everything website.

There you go—that “explains everything”!

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