Why not Explain Everything?!
- There is also now a highlighter tool under the pen
- The eraser is a tricky tool...you can only erase if you haven't pressed any other buttons in between. Once you have left the pen/eraser tools the drawing becomes 1 object and has to be deleted as a whole. In this case you will see the X button instead of the eraser.
- The export icons now look slightly different. You always want to SAVE first and then export. I ask student to leave the name given and then just add their name after. If they do hand it in to a shared folder this helps with me knowing what document belongs to each person. I always start at the HOUSE and then export from there (we never touch the 2 box icons on the main screen).
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Some examples of how you might use Explain Everything in the classroom...
- Create a slideshow presentation
- Teach steps for using a new program or website...you can embed a web browser right into your slides!
- Non-fiction research project
- Let a child be the teacher and record a lesson to share with others
- Publish pieces of writing--narratives, short stories, etc.
- Assessment...push out a problem and let kids record themselves as they explain their thinking
- Digital Storytelling
- Use as a tool for creating flipped lessons
- Create interactive slides, much like you would on your Smartboard
Important Things to Note
There are 4 ways to export your Explain Everything file. Probably the most used export is a video. You can save this video to google drive, youtube, or even your camera roll. Please note, export of a video takes time! You can also export as PDF pages, but of course in this type of save you will lose any sound or video capabilities. You can also export pages as images. Another popular export would be as a project of .xpl file. This extension would let students open the file back up into explain everything, so that they could use it as a template. Please see the video below if you need help opening a file that has been saved as .xpl
Starting a New File
The settings wheel will allow you to change various set ups of the program, including recording, exporting and the accounts that EE is attached to. If you are having trouble with an aspect of the program this might be a spot to stop for troubleshooting!
Starting a New File
- click the + button at the top
- You will be prompted to choose one of the 4 templates. Please note that if you change your mind on this later you can change the template for the project (or individual slides) later
- Begin your project!
You Made a Project File (.xpl), Now What?!
- Find the file in Drive
- Click the Open In button in the middle of the file
- Click "open in" in the bottom row on the menu that opens
- Wait...the screen may look like it isn't doing anything...be patient...
- Choose Explain Everything from the top row when the next box opens
- It should then open the document into EE...and it's ready to work with :)
Want to SEE the steps? Watch the Video below.
Using the More Advanced Tools
There is also this great page that answers many FAQs
Last, but definitely not least...tweet them! @explainevrything is their twitter handle...they are very good about responding. If you don't have Twitter let me know, I would be happy to help you set up an account.