I (Cathy) find that one of the exciting aspects of teaching is learning from my students- especially about digital technology. One of my student teachers, Drake, taught a lesson last week using Explain Everything. With the aid of this app he successfully taught a lesson in French which enabled his grade 6 students to engage in conversations about sports. How he used the app was definitely key to the success of his lesson and I gave him full credit for cleverly scaffolding the sequence of the questions and answers so that that student conversations were set up for success. Yet, Drake insisted it was the app that enabled him to teach the lesson so clearly. Below are pictures of how Drake set up the lesson on his ipad and then mailed it to himself as a handout for his students. Well done Drake!
Intrigued, I began to play with this app myself. I discovered it has a wide range of applications. It feels like a cross between a power point and a smart board, but completely doable on an ipad. Very convenient. Below is an link to a you tube video that demonstrates how students can use the app in a classroom.