Explain Everything


Although iPads have been labeled as consumption devices, there are a growing number of apps that are designed to have the user create content, and this can be a powerful piece to using iPads in the classroom. Explain Everything is one such app, and it allows teachers and students to create presentations, or record screencasts to demonstrate a concept or illustrate a tutorial. Combining inking, images, text, and voice, Explain Everything offers a one-stop shop for student created work. 


After completing this module, you will be able to:
  • Describe the functionality of Explain Everything.
  • Create a New Project.
  • Use the Toolbar to Create Content
  • Record a Project
  • Export a Project as an Image, PDF, Movie, or Project
  • Begin utilizing the features of Explain Everything in your classroom.

What is Explain Everything?

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Starting a Project

The first step to creating is to start a New Project.  If you have photos or documents stored on your device or in an online provider such as Evernote or Dropbox, you can begin your project by directly importing the item. Once you start a project, you can also add more images or documents into your project.

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Activity #1: Create a Project

Open Explain Everything and Create a new blank project.  Alternatively, you can elect to import something from Evernote, Dropbox, Photos, or other sources.

Using the Toolbar - Creating Content 

In your project, you have a wide range of options to add material, including inking, images, text, and shapes.  

Here are the options as seen on the left side toolbar.  (Screenshot Credit: http://www.explaineverything.com/print-guides.html)

  1. New Slide
  2. Slide Sorter
  3. Pen Tool
  4. Laser Pointer
  5. Shape Tool
  6. Text Tool
  7. Insert Tool
  8. Delete Object
  9. Arrange Objects
  10. Undo
  11. Zoom Tool
  12. Presentation View

TIP: Press and Hold for more options (Ex. Pen Tool - colors, thickness, transparency, pen tip)

Activity #2: Add content to your project.

Try inking on the screen using the Pen Tool, or add images, documents, or web pages using the Insert Tool.  

Recording Projects 

On the bottom toolbar, you will find a slide sorter navigation, as well as a recording/playback tool.  Explain Everything allows you to record your projects, adding your voice through the built-in microphone as you ink or manipulate anything on your project screen.  

NOTE: Each slide will only contain what's recorded on that slide.  Currently, you are unable to record across multiple slides in one recording.  However, you can record on multiple slides individually, and add to existing recordings. 

Activity #3: Record your project

Try making a recording.  Press the Red record button, and practice using the built-in microphone (top of device for iPad 2, 3). Try making a recording on more than one slide.

Exporting Projects

One of the most important features of creation applications such as Explain Everything is the ability to export projects.  EE does a great job of offering a wide variety of options including Image, PDF, Movies, and Project export. Movies are 

After creating a project, you can choose an export option from the following:  

Export Image - to: Photo Roll, E-Mail, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, and WebDAV

Export PDF - to: E-Mail, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, Other Apps (including Notability), WebDAV

Export Movie - to: Photo Roll, YouTube, E-Mail, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, WebDAV (option to include all slides or individual ones)

Export Project - to: E-Mail, Dropbox, Evernote, Box, WebDAV

Activity #4: Exporting a Project 

Try exporting your project and sharing the link, image, or PDF with another user to ensure that it has been successfully created. 

Advanced Features

There are a ton of ideas and the Explain Everything website has a growing number of video tutorials and print guides available on their website: http://www.explaineverything.com/video-guides.html

Here's an example of using Explain Everything to annotate a website.

Activity #5: Working with Advanced Features

Try one of the tutorials found on the EE website, or come up with an innovative lesson plan of your own to using Explain Everything in your classroom. 

Checking For Understanding

Are you ready to use Explain Everything in your classes?  

Test your knowledge.   Take a quick quiz below and see how well you do.  Click on "Start Now" and receive immediate feedback on how you do.

Not satisfied with your learning progress?  Please submit a feedback or issues support form found on the bottom of this page.

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