This week in EC&I 831, we were tasked with finding a tool or app that we have not used before that could be used to make learning visible. To find a tool or app, I started with a google search of “best tech apps for teachers” where I found RedByte’s Top 17 Best Apps for Teachers and Educators. The tops apps listed included: Kahoot, Google Classroom, Teach Lean Lead, Seesaw, Slack, Remind, and more. I have already used Kahoot, Slack, and Remind, and attempted Google Classroom this year, I know many of my colleagues use Seesaw, and I didn’t think Teach Learn Lead was the type of tool I wanted to explore this week. Upon further searching I found the Educational App Store with a list of a wide variety of educational apps. Here is where I found out about the app ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard.
This is a free app available for download through the Apple App Store with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard turns your iPad into a personal interactive whiteboard that also allows you to create voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online or keep them private. In addition to using the interactive whiteboard and creating your own voice-over tutorials, you can also search existing tutorials that have been created by other users.
– Multiple brush colours
– Enter text
– Pause and erase
– Import pictures from your photo library, built-in camera, or web image search
– Import documents as pictures from Dropbox, or Google drive
– Create video from any document
– Unlimited lesson length
– Free to upload and share your recordings with friends
– Easy embedding for sharing anywhere
– Manage students with Groups
ShowMe Premium is an auto-renewing monthly or yearly subscription which unlocks all ShowMe features. For just $9.99 a month or $89.99 a year:
– Upload up to 300 hours of ShowMes
– Post privately
– Create study groups
– Markup and share any documents in groups
– Import documents into ShowMe
– Search and import images from the web
– Download your video files
– Create student accounts
– Create courses
I was very impressed with this app and all of the options available for free. It is user friendly and has a giant library of pre-made content by other users. The only negative I found was that I was not able to find a way to edit my ShowMe once I completed it so if I had made a mistake I’m not sure how I could go back and fix it without completely redoing it. Unfortunately many of the beneficial features require the premium account, such as creating student accounts or saving videos privately.
This app could be applied both personally and in instructional situations to document learning and growth. Personally you could use this app as an interactive whiteboard such as keeping a grocery list, leaving notes for your family, or us it like an agenda to keep track of important due dates. Instructionally I could see this app being used in a flipped classroom where the teacher creates instructional videos and voice records the lesson for students to watch outside of class time then during class they could review the ShowMe while working on assignments in class. ShowMe could also be used by students to save class notes and submit their notes so the teacher could record voice feedback for them. I would also use this app to search the existing videos created by others, I found some very informative Accounting lessons that I could use with my students or encourage them to use on their own.
Here is a quick sample that I made: http://www.showme.com/sh?h=Wm80dWa