ShowMe: interactive white board app for video lessons, tutorials and presentations,
Type of technology: mobile app
SAMR Model Rating: A, M, and even R (see below for description/ideas).
Grade level: any level if the teacher creates the ShowMe. But if students do it, probably minimum 6th grade and up, (but give it try with first graders if you want!)
Subject area: All
Cost: FREE, with in-app features you can buy (which are not necessary for high functionality).
Afraid to be sick because you must leave your students to the whims of a sub?
Students absent on critical days?
Tired of talking?
ShowMe is an interactive whiteboard that allows you or your students to record video voice-over whiteboard lessons, presentations and tutorials and share them online. Make your ShowMe flow from concept to concept using its many options.
Here is a link to a longer sample lesson that you can peruse to see how you can manipulated the features:
Here is a link to a tutorial (created, of course, using the ShowMe app) guiding you through the basic capabilities of the app:
– Record and pause, allowing you to add or remove writing and images, take a break, regroup your thoughts.
– Drop in images onto the whiteboard from your own files, google drive, dropbox, the web, or take a photo using the in-app
camera. Manipulate the position and size of the image.
– Six FREE bright colors for writing (more can be purchased). – Erase selectively, just the last stroke, writing and drawings only (not images) or everything. – Several different backgrounds, including lined paper, graph paper, chalkboard, etc. – Toggle between multiple pages, up to ten of them for free.
– You can make your ShowMe as long or as short as it needs to be (unlimited lesson length), and record as many ShowMe’s
as you want.
– Once you’re finished recording, upload your ShowMe to share with the world (private option can be purchased.)
Or you can email anyone the link to your ShowMe to.
– Use tutorials created by other members of the ShowMe community. – Easy embedding for sharing anywhere. – Manage students with Groups (in-app purchase by teacher to create groups, but students join group for free).
•make a KahnAcademy style video lesson that is easy for a sub to show to the class.
•include student tasks so that the lesson is interactive by including time gaps in your video.
•send a link to the sub or just have it ready to go in your classroom.
•recruit a few tech savvy students to help your sub with the technology, if necessary.
Modification (teacher and student):
•Upload your ShowMe onto your EDU page.
•students who were absent or would like to review the lesson can watch it in the comfort of their own home with the ability to
rewind and pause.
•send the link to anyone, including the sub, your team teachers, or students with whom you want to share.
Next year, you can show the video again, and sit in the back of the room and grade papers while learning is happening 😀
GRADING by TEACHER:
•Take a photo of any essay or other assignment with the in-app camera.
•make comments in different colors on the image of the essay
•narrate some of the longer comments instead of having to write it all down.
•send that ShowMe back to the student. You will have a copy of your edits.
PEER GRADING :
•Mirror a sample response to a writing prompt, or a solution to a problem on the screen in your classroom, and discuss with students.
•Using the class set of iPads (from Library) have students photograph each other’s responses using the in-app camera.
Students can make edits together, or edit and comment on each other’s responses. If they are peer-editing, they can send
the ShowMe with commentary to their peer by email.
-Train your students how to use the app. They will have the capability of creating their own project in the form of a video presentation or video tutorial that they can post for anyone in the world to see!
These can range from on the fly responses to a single questions/problems that the students share out and critique in class (by mirroring – don’t have to upload the result), or long term, formal projects.
1) See the SAMR descriptions, above.
2) Students are mesmerized by the screen. When I use a ShowMe (made for a sub day) when I am present, the room becomes quiet and the level of engagement with the lesson is way up there, ostensibly because the students know they can’t interrupt “me” even though I am there! Many students have commented that they really like these lessons, and a few have mentioned that they like the videos better than me! They are kidding, right?
3) Again, you can now be gone for a day, leaving the kids with a sub, and not lose that day or have to mop up after the sub. The lessons can go on! Even better, absentees can experience the lesson, and those that need to see it again can do so, pausing and rewinding if necessary. If you upload the ShowMe on EDU, you don’t even have to mess with a link (writing it down, sending it to others….)
4) It’s FREE.
5) WE’RE HERE FOR YOU say the ShowMe creators. From their website:
“The ShowMe team is small, nimble, and quick to respond to suggestions/requests. Follow us on twitter at @showmeapp. Or feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com with any questions, concerns, or stories about how you’re using ShowMe.”
1) The single biggest frustration with this app is the incapability to edit your video. If you make a mistake, or if the dog barks in the background, or if you change your mind about how you did something, you can’t fix it. You must either accept the mistake and correct it in your narration, live with the mistakes and imperfections, or start all the way over. The first two 20-40 min long ShowMe lessons I made probably took me several hours to get right, partly because there is a learning curve in getting to know all the features and being able to expertly manipulate them, and partly because I would make major mistakes I just couldn’t live with. Now I can bust out a 20 min lesson in 20 minutes, and then use it for a few years or more.
You also cannot review a video before posting it. There is a delete feature, though.
I am convinced that the creators will rectify these shortcomings.
I have explored other programs that are similar to ShowMe, some of which have an editing feature. They are more complicated in some ways and do not always offer all of the features which I find useful, so I have stuck with this app. I will post later on some of the other video tutorial apps as I get to know them better.
2) To keep the rest of world from seeing or using your ShowMes, you could once upon a time select to keep each video private. Now you have to pay for this feature. I suppose the creators have to make money somehow!