Education app of the week: Explain Everything

Last week, we looked into how the Coach’s Eye app could help students and teachers analyse processes in the classroom, and we’ve gone for something similar this time around. Out of the many image annotation apps (Skitch being another of our favourites), Explain Everything is now emerging as the one we’d most recommend for both teachers and students – a ‘best of breed’ presentation tool for iPad.

What is Explain Everything?

Explain Everything (MorrisCooke, £1.99) for iPad lets you annotate images, record slideshows with voiceovers and then export the resulting presentation for sharing. The idea behind the name being that the tools on offer in the app will literally let you explain everything. You can start with a blank canvas, or import images from your iPad’s Camera Roll, Evernote, Dropbox or WebDAV – select the number of images you want to import, and Explain Everything will create slides for each. Using the simple tools, you can then add text and objects, draw over the images with the pencil tool and use the laser pointer to explain processes in realtime while you add a voiceover commentary!

[UPDATE, 19/02/13 – Explain Everything version 2 is now out, which allows the insertion of video so you can actually run a video and record audio commentary, highlight and annotate over the top. This is pretty huge in terms of being able to assess media evidence and with GoogleDrive (and Dropbox, Webdav, Evernote, iTunes) integration now included, workflow from pupil to teacher to pupil is pretty seamless!]

How will it benefit the classroom?

Great for teachers, Explain Everything lets you create explanation videos for students to take away and think about. For example, you could record a video explaining a complex maths equation just as you would using a whiteboard at the front of the class. It also works the other way round, letting students record their own explanations and show their working and understanding of a topic, which can then be sent to staff to be assessed.

What’s the most useful feature?

The reason we’re so interested in Explain Everything over other presentation apps is the sheer number of ways you can export finished files from within the app. Once you save your presentation, Explain Everything renders it out as an mp4 movie file ready to be exported to your Camera Roll for emailing, or to services like Dropbox, Evernote, Box or WebDAV (the app will also save incremental versions of your presentation, so you can go back to a previous version). WebDAV is a network share service that lets teachers drop work onto the server for students to download, edit and post back on the server for assessment. Explain Everything is currently one of only a handful of apps that support WebDAV, which we think is great as you can create your presentation, and give students access to it just a couple of minutes later.

Where can I get it?

Explain Everything is available for £1.99 from the Apple App Store and iTunes. Because it’s available under Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme, if you’re looking to deploy more than 20 licences of the app, there’s a bulk discount meaning it works out at £0.99 each.

– Missed last week’s app? Read why we love Coach’s Eye here.

To find out more about our favourite apps for Apple iPad for the classroom, call the team on 03332 409 333 or email And stay up to date with all our latest education news and reviews by following @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’-ing our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page.

Rob W
Rob W
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