6 months later and the ICT team are feeling very confident and impressed by all the new skills we have learned- we are so ready for the new build and the exciting prospects and challenges which lie before us. This week our fantastic head of literacy Jodie Vincent, presented our Butterfly session on the amazing app ( or so we think) Explain Everything.
Of all the applications and new software, I think I can speak for us as a collective group- We LOVE THIS APP!
Explain Everything, we feel has really changed the way we teach at Westfield Academy. Lessons have become pupil-led and the progress pupils make has become more and more an absolute focus of the lesson. Peer and self assessment has become so much more fruitful and impacting on pupils’ awareness of start and end points and enables them to visually see their next steps to ensure maximum progress.
So How does the App work?
Teachers are using Explain Everything for both live and video-based instructional delivery. They prepare materials in advance or start from a blank canvas. Teachers also create projects and activity templates that are shared with students to work and build upon.
Students are creating rich artefacts of understanding with Explain Everything. Screencasts and other content created with Explain Everything become multimedia representations that can capture both the process and product of a learning experience. Students are creating tutorials, animations, and presentations — sharing ideas and becoming “teachers” themselves. They are working with project activities, collaborating in real-time, and sharing and publishing their work.
Explain Everything fits into any teaching and learning environment, with a variety of import and export integrations and connections including popular services like Google Apps for Education, iCloud, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and more. Explain Everything comes with its own cloud-based sharing platform as well. Leverage the open sharing community on Explain Everything Discover to get inspired, to download and remix public projects, and to let others access your creations with a single link.
Explain Everything Discover also allows private, closed-community sharing within a group or institution.
Draw and Annotate
Explain Everything has unique drawing algorithms that make your drawings and annotations look great, regardless of what you use – finger or stylus. It also gives the ability to freely arrange your creations as every drawing and annotation can be moved, scaled, rotated, grouped, and flipped.
Import Photos, Videos, and Files
Insert and edit pictures, explain videos, work with documents, and presentation files. Thanks to Explain Everything’s wide support of multimedia files you can insert virtually any type of content that’s fully interactive. Connect to your cloud storage and have them at your fingertips.
Move, Interact, and Record
The engaging power of Explain Everything comes from the ability to interact with every object. Whether it’s a video, drawing, text, or web browser it can be moved, rotated, and scaled. When recording all these interactions are recorded as well giving you the ability to create exciting, animated projects.
Being able to record class speeches involvement and discussion helps teachers reflect and adapt their lessons- it is reflective teaching at its best!
Trust us- it is the bees knees!!
Think together using Explain Everything
Over 3.5 million users build and share ideas with Explain Everything, the most advanced interactive screencasting whiteboard on the market. Now, ideas can be built and shared collaboratively in real-time using Explain Everything’s open-ended platform*.
With Explain Everything, users can work in small groups leveraging their talents and developing areas for growth. Work on the same slide view, on different sections of the same slides, or on different slides all while recording interactions and audio.