Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Explain Everything X Google Drive = Awesome!

Using iPads in the classroom and particularly workflow solutions for iPads has slowly progressed from maddening to relatively seamless. While just last year an app for Google Drive didn't exist, it now directly interfaces quite nicely with a number of student creation apps and nearly everything can upload to Google Drive using the "open in" feature.

Here is where things get fun. With the recent update to Explain Everything, the app now directly interfaces with Google Drive. This connection allows students to create screencasts, upload them to Google Drive as either .mp4 or .xpl files. Once uploaded they can be shared with the teacher through the Google Drive app, or they can be uploaded to a folder that has been created and shared ahead of time from the student to the teacher. To extended the process, the teacher now has the ability to download the .xpl files from Google Drive and "open in" Explain Everything. This process allows the teacher to view the screencast and more importantly, add a slide with screencasted feedback. The .xpl file can then be uploaded back to Google Drive and the student can download and watch the feedback in Explain Everything. Below is a diagram to explain the process as well as a video tutorial that walks through the entire scenario.

**Update: With a recent update to Explain Everything, videos uploaded to Google Drive can now be played back in Google Drive without being downloaded.**

Explain Everything from EdTechTeacher on Vimeo.

How can you envision using this workflow solution to have students create and receive feedback?

As a side note. This blog post was created entirely on an iPad (the video was created, edited and uploaded from a computer)
Image: Created in Explain Everything & exported to the camera roll.
Video: Embed from Vimeo.
Blog post: Written using Blogsy and posted to blogger.

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