As I sifted through our whole iPad workflow, there was one itty little bitty thing missing...an interactive whiteboard! After we shopped around and tested the top reviewed apps, we settled on Explain Everything because of ease of use, Schoology integration, and bulk pricing. After 4 months, we don't have any major complaints.
EE allows us to take a whole bunch of existing materials we have in paper format and bring it into the app to push it up a few SAMR notches. We needed students to be able to interact with content in a visual, auditory, and explanatory way. We needed them to demo their learning through close reading, annotation, and math scribbles - all instructional practices we've been relying on since common core.
The added bonuses are the audio recording, especially for our ELs - it's really pushing their speaking and listening skills. It was one of those "oh...my iPad can do this??!" moments for our EL students - they couldn't quite believe they could hear their voice come back at them. Although there's a ton of apps they can practice reading fluency with, we like that the teacher can set up an EE template and have them practice right there - with a leveled text, picture, or video.
Although we love the Pages and Notes for quick scribbles, taking notes, and larger text formatting, EE adds some additional design tools that allow our students to create - and that's a big win for us. It hits the Innovative Design standard on the nose.
The options to use formulas and some simple functions is useful, although we wish it had a built-in graph background (we can add one....just take extra clicks). We've been using it often to write around math, a mysteriously missing feature with our online textbooks...
It's definitely an app that is quickly becoming one of our core apps along with the Apple apps. It has many functions and applications for every content area. There's a music teacher who's testing out using it to annotate sheet music this week! Sweet!
We're definitely still learning about all EE has to offer. We want to spend more time learning about creating screencast tutorials. But, a few times a week I hear, "just pop it over to Explain Everything" from teachers and students alike. Splendid investigations!
Did I miss anything? How are you using interactive whiteboard apps to help design happen?
Check it out: www.explaineverything.com
And the iOS ipad App
And their video tutorials are pretty sweet too!