The iPad app “Explain Everything” is an extremely versatile and flexible tool and has so many applications in the classroom. It is a screen-casting app which allows narrated recordings of the iPad screen to be exported and shared as videos. The potential for this is huge. This example describes how the app has been used in an Early Years Foundation Setting to allow children to retell and act out traditional stories.
The children had been learning about familiar stories and had recently listened to the story of the “Three Billy Goats Gruff” One of the follow up activities related to role-play and drama and involved the children dressing up and acting out the story. Explain Everything allowed the valuable communication and expression opportunities of role play and storytelling to be produced in the form of simple animations.
Images from the story book were photographed by the teacher ( and some additional ones were downloaded). The pictures were imported into Explain Everything and cropped all the way around, so they resembled characters from the story. These images could be moved freely around the screen. An image was set as a background and then the children recorded their stories. In small groups, the children retold and acted out the story by moving the images around the screen and adding a commentary and vocals for the characters. Once record is pressed the audio and visual content is recorded and can be exported to the Camera Roll as a video and shared via a website, blog or video hosting site.
Thanks to Gregory Kulowiec (edtechteacher.org) for the video link. (@gregkulowiec)
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