KL Aviation uses Explain Everything as a whiteboard tool to teach aviation lessons. With the ability to either draw on a blank sheet, or draw over pre-existing graphics, we can easily teach a variety of subjects. With just over 10 videos complete, and more on the way, we are looking forward to using Explain Everything long into the future.
Will from Klaviation shared his resource of video flight lessons created with Explain Everything.
The website describes the need that Will observed for both experienced and new pilots to be reminded of aviation basics. It's an terrific example of curating and organizing concepts that otherwise might be difficult to access. Check out this example below, and be sure to visit the site to learn more.
A professor at MIT recently shared how she used Explain Everything to create drawings and animations for an intro video about the course she and her colleagues are offering via edX, a collaboration between MIT and Harvard for creating open-access courses and materials. She said that with the exception of the video footage of the man in the wheelchair and her waving at the camera, all of the other elements were created in Explain Everything and then sped up or mashed up in iMovie during post production. The music and voice-overs were also done in iMovie.
The final product is amazing (see video below) and we are thrilled to be part of their multimedia production workflow!
An educator from the UK recently shared with us an incredibly sophisticated instructional and assessment design that involves iPods, Explain Everything videos, paper and pencil rubrics, QR codes and more. What is most remarkable is how clear it is that the school's learning and assessment goals are what is guiding the design - it's not the technology that's forcing the instruction. We learned that they have done a second iteration of this teaching design that involves a website to serve as the starting point and central hub for learners. You can read more about this intervention here, and we look forward to seeing it develop!
Mike Birkhead recently shared his work with us. He is a former US soldier who wanted to furhter his studies in biology and medicine after his years in service. His story is really fascinating - you can read more about it here: http://freebiologyschool.blogspot.com/p/about-this-blog.html. Below is information about his intentions for this resource that he is building, and below that is one of the many videos he has created for others to utilize. Keep up the great work, Mike!
My intentions here are two-fold. I would like to provide a biology education to those who may not have it available to them. The soldier in Iraq, the Sailor in the Persian Gulf, and the home-school child living on a farm all have two things in common: limited resources and an internet connection. I remember how frustrating it was to search in vain for information that was just out of my reach. Now, I would like to put the cookies on the bottom shelf, while at the same time increasing my own mastery of the subject.
Jeannie Bolstridge shared a screencast demo she made using Explain Everything for a free app that she is working on to help young people with Autism, ADHD, or Dyslexia. You can read more about her work here: http://www.socialprompter.net/Readme/
We are always happy to see EE being used to help support people in challenging situations. Good luck to her and her product!
Jason from CSCC in Ohio created this amazing video using a combination of Explain Everything, GarageBand, and Audio Memos on the iPad. He also did some post-production in Audacity and Camtasia for Windows. He says, "We're hoping to leverage EE as the core development tool for a new series of "short learning objects" to enhance our college distance learning content at Columbus State Community College. So thanks for making such a powerful and versatile app!"
Thank you for making such a compelling video about fluid dynamics!
A science teacher at a school in New York City has created an Explain Everything tutorial for teachers which she has shared with us. Stephanie Castle's YouTube channel is full of great examples and ideas: http://www.youtube.com/user/SCScienceVid. Her goal is to use Explain everything as a tool to create standard specific video tutorials for students in the IB Biology course. In addition, she shares with other teachers how easy it is for them to use her favorite apps for assessment in their classrooms.
We have placed a new feature video on the Explain Everything home page. Special thanks to Mark (@newschooltech) from New School Technology for helping us with the video.
Don't think we're done enhancing and adding to Explain Everything! We consolidated all of these updates into Version 2.0 because we knew that we needed a user interface update in order to allow the application to continue to grow.
Here are some of the new features in EE 2.0: Insert & Annotate Video, Background and Color Templates, Timeline Scrubber, Inspector Tool (Copy, Paste, Duplicate, Lock, Set Background), Google Drive Integration, Sources Panel, and Merge Projects.
Stay tuned for future updates and feel free to drop us a line if you have any ideas or requests! All of the updates in Explain Everything 2.0 were based on user feedback!
Update or download it from the App Store today! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explain-everything/id431493086?mt=8
Insert and Annotate Video
The ability to insert a video, live or existing, has probably been the most requested feature we have received since EE was first released. It's also been one of the most challenging things to pull off in a way that makes sense. We have always wanted video objects to behave like all other objects in EE (drawings, shapes, images, text, etc.). We are thrilled that we are going to be able to provide this feature in EE 2.0 and even more excited to see how creative our users can get. Please note that inserted video objects will make the project file sizes larger, and they also take a longer time to compress. We'll be releasing an updated version of the EE Compressor for Mac that can compress projects with inserted videos more efficiently shortly after EE 2.0 is published.
The very friendly people from Buc-a-buc farms (www.bucabuc.com) allowed us to use a couple of their videos to demonstrate the insert video feature. You can view the original videos (warning: very cute) at these two links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1qwD3ArWxc and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOUM7ys3Qlc. There are a few things you might notice in the demo video above. First, the drawings can stick to the video objects so when they get moved around, the drawings hold their relative position. Second, it's possible to have multiple videos playing at the same time. Do this with care as your iPad has limited memory and you don't want to risk a crash! Third, it's possible to mute the audio from the videos or include it. You will find a volume slider for the inserted video object.
The fun doesn't stop there. It's also possible to insert a video camera and screencast over live video. You can walk around and annotate a tour of your building or use the front facing camera to show your face as you talk through your explanation. This is especially fun with an iPad Mini since it's lighter and smaller and easier to work with using one hand. Remember, exporting will require patience, but we think that this feature is so cool that exported projects will be well worth the wait. Also remember that you can play back uncompressed projects from within the app or using the EE Player app for Mac OS X.
That's it for our announced updates. You'll find additional changes and improvements in the app when EE 2.0 is released in the very near future. We're just doing a final round of bug fixes and then it will be sent to Apple for review. Thanks for your patience in waiting for this update. Also, thanks in advance for your flexibility as we realize with such an open ended tool, we can't test every single possible use case. Those who have contacted our support team I hope can vouch for how quickly we respond and how hard we work to address every single bug that gets reported (hence our taking great care in pushing this update!). Stay tuned!