Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.

I’ve written about using the iPad version for digital storytelling in the past, and now it’s available as a Windows 8.1 app.

Explain Everything allows you to create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a “laser pointer”. Rotate, move and arrange any object added to the stage. You can then record and playback your screencast.

It’s great for teachers to record short explanations for different topic areas which the children can use for revision. But even better it’s simple enough for the children to use to make their own guides and topic summaries.

Explain Everything

Features include:

  • Add new or existing photos and PDF files
  • Use a variety of tools to edit and annotate
  • Record and playback all actions
  • Export MP4 movies, PNG images and editable .explain project files directly from your tablet / PC.
  • Import files from Dropbox and OneDrive (provided that you have installed Dropbox and OneDrive)

No account is necessary to use Explain Everything and share creations. The app itself costs £1.99 from the Windows app store.

Download Explain Everything for Windows 8 here, or try the iPad or Android versions.