Explain Everything is just one example of a new type of app that has huge potential to support students and educators in creating activities and videos/animations to explain concepts to themselves and others.
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ISTE 2015 - Philadelphia Don't Flip your Class - Fortify it Leslee Francis Pelton, firstname.lastname@example.org Tim Pelton, email@example.com University of Victoria --> check out the page with this title on the right
Welcome to www.explainingunderstanding.com - a website we have created to support the sharing of our growing collection of projects and videos created with Explain Everything (EE).
What is this tool?
Explain Everything is a whiteboard app that allows teachers to create and share interactive resources (project files) and video explanations. We can then use these projects and videos as part of our lessons (or flipped lessons) to support students as they explore, organize, compare, identify, annotate, reflect, discuss, consolidate, and demonstrate. In addition, we can use these interactive resources and videos as exemplars to support students in using EE to build their capacities to solve problems, represent concepts, make connections, share reasonings, and communicate understandings. An EE project may consist of one or more virtual whiteboards (slides) that can include drawings, text, imported images, video clips, webpages, etc.. Users (teachers or students) can interact with the slides can then manipulate/animate the objects on the screen (like virtual manipulatives), and/or record the screen activity along with audio commentary to create a video explanation/performance. Projects may be stored in your EE app and retrieved at any time, or shared with others through email or the web, and then opened and used on other iPads running the EE app. Similarly EE generated video clips can be stored on your iPad for ready access later, or shared via email or the web. For further information on EE – check out the app developer's website and watch their video on Explain Everything
Why Explaining Understanding?
iPads and other tablets have huge potentials for the future of education. These include:
Accessing prescribed content (e.g., web pages, books, videos, etc.)
Searching for data or information through search engines (e.g., historical records, definitions, images, videos, etc.)
Creating interactive projects confirm mastery of concepts and allow others to explore
Creating video explanations to share understandings of concepts, and presentations demonstrating mastery of information and techniques.
EE is an app that supports most of these activities by allowing both teachers and students to generate interactive projects and video presentations. Just as we expand our understanding when we strive to explain concepts to our students - so to do our students when we challenge them to engage in a process of explaining their understanding through a project or video.
Some examples please?
We have created a website (www.explainingunderstanding.com) for sharing the projects and videos we have generated using EE to support learning math and science in elementary and middle school - and we encourage folks to borrow what we have and expand upon it! Below I share some videos I created to share ideas with students (and to provide students with exemplars they may use for inspiration), and some video presentations created with EE to demonstrate a few of our interactive projects. With many of the resources I also share the actual EE projects, but to access the projects you will need to have EE installed on your iPad. (Note that most of the EE .xpl files can be found in the previous blog entry - see NCTM - April 10th)
Tim Pelton & Leslee Francis Pelton (firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com) University of Victoria
NCTM – New Orleans – April 11, 2014
Expand the educational potential of iPads with a creative
app like ‘Explain Everything’. In this presentation we explain
and share our free collection of teacher created interactive projects and video
demonstrations designed to support discovery and sense-making in math.We encourage participants to adopt this tool
in their practice. Take it to the next level by challenging students to
demonstrate their mastery by creating similar resources.
iPads (or Tablets) have many different powerful potentials
(for both learners and educators)
Note that although we selected Grades 6-8 as the focus grade range for this presentation, we believe that this type of
tool is useful in a broader range of classrooms and share some resources with this in mind.
These two projects employ a wide range of children's faces in order to teach about various different qualities of proportion. Mean, median, mode, ratios, fractions and percent excersizes can all be constructed using the images of the children. Simply change the text in the excersize and a new challenge can quickly be constructed, either by a teacher or a student.
Ratio Kids - https://app.box.com/s/su71biz5qbgdnqaaqmnz
Designed to help students explore the relationships between fractions, ratios and percentages, a few slides have already been created featuring problems that can be solved, or adjusted as seen fit. In total, there are 24 different faces available, but whoever is designing a new excersize can easily simplify the excersize to fewer students. Or possibly replicate a few faces and insist there are identical twins in the sample. The final few slides provide an image of simply the faces, one with names and one without. These can be copied between new Explain Everything projects as can images in any of the other projects. This can be useful for creating new projects without needing to start from scratch all over again. The slide with names can also be used like a "guess who" game, where students secretly select one of the children's faces and then try to guess, based on a series of yes/no questions which face their opponent has selected,
Averages - https://app.box.com/s/aridrd7yqzxcrclmmo8o
This project involves a few different excersizes in determining mean, median and mode. The first is based on hair length, the second test scores and the last bouquets of flowers. The flower slide in particular can be changed so that the numbers of bouquets varies and new excersizes can be constructed.