So, I wrote earlier about flipping my business classroom using EduCanon (now called PlayPosit.com). However, I would not have been able to actually flip my classroom without this super-awesome tool on my iPad: Explain Everything!
Basically, Explain Everything is an iPad app that turns your iPad into an interactive whiteboard where you can draw, doodle, add text, add images, add shapes, record your voice, and export the whole project as a PDF or as a video file to upload elsewhere! It’s amazing…
I’m currently working on building a library of instructional videos for my IB Economics classes next year. It’s a big project, but I’m enjoying every step. These videos are following the IB Syllabus in terms of learning outcomes as well as order of delivery, so I will integrate them with my iTunes U course for IB Economics next year.
Some tips for using Explain Everything to create instructional videos:
1- Make it visual and try to use text sparingly => your voice should do most of the ‘explaining’.
2- Make it short and sweet => 5-12 minutes is reasonable.
3- Use colors and shapes.
4- Record using a microphone in a quiet area => I just use my iPhone headphones which include a good mic.
5- Start the video by mentioning what the video is about and its learning outcomes.
6- Label each video succinctly and carefully so it’s easy to identify its focus.
7- Be real in the video => don’t be afraid to use humor and show your real personality.
If you have not yet used Explain Everything, I suggest you go give it a try! Enjoy 🙂