Show Me the Money!
Type of Technology: iPad app
SAMR Rating: Modification
Grade Levels: Upper elementary through high school
Subjects: This is a history lesson, but it can be used in all subjects
We want students to show that they can not only access information but make meaning from it and share their “wealth” of information with peers. “Show Me!” is an app that allows students to capture information and audio-visually manipulate it to show their interpretation of the material.
In one collaborative activity, student groups used “Show Me” on an iPad to find and upload maps and primary source documents (mostly images of artwork or artifacts) to incorporate in a presentation about an assigned civilization. There were multiple components to their task, but when it came to presenting, students easily integrated their images/artifacts by either mirroring their images and interpretations via Apple TV or, when the Apple TV proved unreliable, putting the iPad under the document camera.
To publish their presentation, students would need an account and login. However, presenting in “creation” mode functioned as well without necessitating account information–as long as you have same-day presentations.
- “Show Me” is user-friendly and takes virtually no time to figure out with minimal teacher intervention or preparation
- Presentation development can be as complex or simple and quick as you wish, depending on the nature of the task
- It saves on markers and paper for group presentations
- Students can color-code and annotate images and documents by drawing directly on the screen
- Students have the option of recording a narration or presenting live.
Fun, community-building addition?
- Collaborative groups can take a “selfie”–serious or silly–to end their presentation.
- Doing so also documents authorship and group members.