ShowMe How-Tos

How to start using ShowMe?

1. Download ShowMe app from iTunes at the following link:
2. Register from the ShowMe application or on our website
3. Log in with your account
4. You are now ready to create and explore with ShowMe!

How to create a ShowMe?

1. Open the ShowMe app
2. Press the blue “+Create” in the top-right corner
3. Prepare your slides by writing your notes and inserting images. The slide numbers are shown at the top-right corner
4. Once ready to record, press the red record button in the middle of the toolbar. Now your voice and actions are being recorded!
5. Explain the content of your slides and make additional notes on the slides when explaining. You may use the top-right arrows to change between slides. You may also press the pause button to pause the recording and take a break.
6. Once you finish recording, press the “Done” button, select “Save as Complete” and go through the final steps for uploading the ShowMe.

How to share a ShowMe?

Once you have completed and uploaded a ShowMe, open the ShowMe inside the app and you will see the share button on the toolbar. When you press the share button you will see options for sharing the ShowMe – via Facebook, Twitter and Email.

You may also share your ShowMes from the website – by using the Facebook, Twitter and Email icons below ShowMe player.

How to insert text into a ShowMe?

Press the “Aa” icon on the toolbar and then tap on the place where you want to insert the text. You will see the textfield appear and may start typing the text. You may use the “Aa-” and “Aa+“ buttons to change the text size and also choose color by pressing on colors next to “Aa-“ and “Aa+” buttons.

How to insert images and docs into a ShowMe?

Press the icon with a Portrait on the toolbar. In the dropdown menu you will see the following options for inserting images:
– “Choose a photo” – select a photo from your camera roll
– “Take Photo” – take a photo with your iPad camera
– “Search images on web”
– “Choose a background” – Choose one of the default ShowMe backgrounds
– “Dropbox” – Insert an image or document from your Dropbox
– “Google Drive” – Insert an image or document from your Google Drive

How to use ShowMe Study Groups?

Groups is a handy tool for flipping your classroom. Steps to start with:
1. Create a group
2. Ask your students to sign up on ShowMe or create teacher-linked student accounts for them
3.Gather your students into the group – either add them manually or give them the group code which you can find in your group’s page. Students can join the group by pressing “Join Group” in the application and inputting the group code.
4. Share the ShowMes you create by posting them into the group.
5. Encourage your students to post their own ShowMes into the group.
6. Use Group Analytics to track which students have watched your ShowMes.
7. Markup the documents uploaded by your students and give them feedback right away.

Introducing Audio Re-Recording, Group Codes, Paid Courses and more

As the fall semester is approaching, and has in fact already started in many schools, ShowMe comes with a surprise-update for its users. The long-awaited and demanded voice re-recording tool is now available. You can access this and many more by updating ShowMe to the latest version on iTunes. Read on to learn about the details of the update.

Voice re-recording

You can now make edits to the audio part of the ShowMe before uploading it. The tools are very intuitive! Once finished recording your ShowMe, choose to save the ShowMe as complete and proceed to the review screen. Get to the point where you want to start re-recording and press the microphone icon.

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When you press the microphone, the video pauses, you see a 3 second countdown that allows you to prepare, after which the re-recording begins!

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You can see the re-recorded segment on the top bar and may press the red “STOP” icon to stop the audio re-recording.

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Additionally, you can re-record the audio of already uploaded ShowMes! Just open the ShowMe file and do the same steps described above! After you are done with editing, you will be asked whether to save the edited version as a copy or update the original ShowMe.

Group code

Along with manually inviting group members, now the group owner can share a group code which can be used to join the group. Each group has a unique group code which is available only to the group owner. The group owner can find it at the group page.

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Users given the group code can join the group by tapping the “Join a Group” button and entering the group code in the popup message.

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In-app support and Feedback Forum

Contacting us has become easier than ever! Now you can contact us or post your ideas right inside the app! Press on your profile and select “Support” from the drop-down options.

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Paid Courses

You can now create a course consisting of your own ShowMes and sell it to the community members for $9.99. $5.00 from each bought course goes to the owner of the course.
In a paid course, the first ShowMe is available to watch as an introduction to the course. The rest of the ShowMes are not available until the user purchases the course.

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Importing files improved

You can now import Google Sheets, Google Slides and Google Drawings into a ShowMe

Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

We would be glad to hear your feedback and comments related to the update. You may shoot us a quick email at

Share. Involve. Inspire: Introducing Courses and Paid ShowMes

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”  – Benjamin Franklin

Here at ShowMe, we are constantly striving to create the best tools for teachers and students alike to immerse themselves in learning. Our community of over one million educators has proven that personalized, interactive lessons created and taught on ShowMe can inspire in new, profound ways.

Today, we are excited to announce even more opportunities for innovative education through the ShowMe app and community.

Since the launch of ShowMe, we have received numerous requests for a way to group multiple lessons on the same subject into one comprehensive course. Today, we make that feedback a reality.

To access Courses, start by updating ShowMe to the latest version on iTunes.
Once completed, navigate to My ShowMes and then to Courses.

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To create a course either search by name or navigate to a creator’s profile, and then Courses.

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In addition to creating your own Courses, you can also follow those made by other educators. To do this, head to your selected ShowMe profile and click Courses.

Paid ShowMes
We are also thrilled to introduce Paid ShowMes!

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Educators can now earn extra income by selling their premium lessons to the ShowMe community. Paid ShowMes cost only $1.99 from which $1.00 goes to the instructor.

In the near future, you will also be able to sell courses, which will begin at $9.99.

We would love to hear your feedback on the latest update! Be sure to share your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook or email us at

Tips for Teachers: How to Explain Essay Writing to Your Students

As an educator, you have a responsibility to motivate your students to acquire skills that are necessary for their progress. In college, they will have to write a great number of challenging papers, assignments, reports, and other types of academic content. You have a mission to teach them how to express their thoughts clearly in the form of an essay.

How to Explain Essay Writing to Your Students

Unfortunately, that’s not an easy goal to achieve. Teachers need to implement a strategy that will bring the principles of essay writing closer to the student’s understanding. When explaining the process of academic writing, you need teach your students how to cover each step.

Basic Principles of Academic Writing

Defining a topic

Some teachers like to assign topics, but it’s recommended to allow your students to express their creativity right from the start.

In order to think of a clear topic that will enable them to write an elaborate discussion, your students will first need to conduct a research. Allow your students to use online sources, but instruct them to rely on facts, not opinions. Explain the methods your students can use to find reliable resources. Offer practical research tactics and show how they can use the information wisely in their own content.

Learning from examples

It is impossible to teach your students how to write papers through theory. You need to show them how a brilliant essay looks like. Do you have your own piece of academic writing you’re particularly proud of? Use it as an example! You can also show an essay written by one of your former students who understood what academic writing was all about.

Writing with a purpose

Explain to your students that an essay is not about writing repetitive sentences with general information. Once the student chooses a topic, he should define the purpose of the discussion and lead all sentences towards a clear point.

Constructing an outline

One of the most important parts of the academic writing process is the outline. You should give a practical lesson of creating an outline. Make a list of points you would elaborate on that topic, and show what arguments you would use. That will help your students understand that it’s easier to write the paper if they first prepare its basic construction.

The writing process

This is the most challenging part of your job. Your students should understand what the introduction, body, and conclusion of the essay are supposed to contain. Creativity is very important, so make sure you allow some space for them to express that side. Listen to their suggestions and discuss different opinions.

Useful Resources for Essay Writing

In order to make the entire process of writing easier for your students, you should suggest some tools that will help them stay focused and get the inspiration they need. Here is a selection of tools that have been proven to work well for students:

Essay Map by ReadWriteThink is a free tool that enables your students to create an outline within minutes. Instead of writing a confusing outline in their notebooks, they will be able to add more appeal to this stage through the structured map available at the website.

NinjaEssays is an online paper writing service that enables you to order any type of academic content or get your own papers edited. If you cannot find an example of a perfect essay on the given topic, the professional writers at this website can complete it for you. That’s the best way to show a great piece of content that will motivate your students to write better.

Strict Workflow is a Chrome extension that forces your students to get back to writing by disabling them to access YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other distracting websites when they need to focus on writing.

501 Writing Prompts is an eBook that offers great writing prompts for persuasive, expository, narrative, and literary response essays. When your students are stuck with their papers, they can get the inspiration they need from these creative prompts.

The Writing Center of UNC College of Arts & Sciences is a useful resource not only for your students, but for you as well. The free online resources offer free advice on how to write different types of academic content.

Educational App Store ShowMe Review

Upon opening the app the user is taken through a set of guided instructions that help you understand the application and its interface. Although it is an option we recommend that you create an account to truly appreciate the capabilities of this app.

A simple press of the record button and you are creating your first ShowMe presentation. The tools here are adequate with the ability to use text, colour, add images and an eraser. This can be somewhat limited and sometimes the presentations created are only as good as the presenter or artist, more tools are available through the premium service.  The app could benefit from a clip art tool here. The presentation can be enhanced by using the voice over feature to explain your thoughts as you present and draw. Once the ShowMe presentation has been created you can save this as a draft, for further editing, or a finished presentation. We found the app slightly frustrating that once saved it then asks you to add to a topic for others to access and posts the presentation, you can only save this privately if you sign up for the premium service. However, what we need to stress is the potential of this app has to engage teaching and learning. As a teacher if you are planning a lesson keep in mind its versatility and potential for homework tasks and flipped-class applications. A maths problem solved by a teacher can be played back by the student time and time again in class and at home. This has great potential for parents to learn the topic as well.

The developers can be congratulated on the potential that ShowMe has to offer for both teaching and learning. The online ShowMe community has embraced this application and teachers from all over the globe are sharing presentations. This is a fantastic app that comes highly recommended by the Educational App Store.

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A QR Code Grammar Activity for the ESL Classroom

Book drills can make class time boring and monotonous, especially when practicing grammar concepts. Creating fresh and engaging activities for English Learners helps students find meaningful connection to the concepts learned in class (Jensen, 2000). Thankfully, as technological advances bring about a myriad of educational web and mobile applications, teachers can incorporate these to enrich common classroom activities and to adapt the usual assignments for better student interaction.

One of these tools, the QR Code, has given me another strategy to implement in my ESL classroom.  Students of various levels have given me positive feedback, which encouraged me to share this idea with other teachers. For more information on using QR codes, check out Karen Mensing’s Ted-Ed video here.

It should be noted that as with all manipulative materials, apps should also be carefully introduced to students as not doing this properly might increase the likelihood of frustration and confusion. Give students some time to get to know their QR Reader app. For best results, have students download a free QR Reader a day before the assignment.

Adverbs of Time Grammar Activity

  1. Take 6-8 events with different times or dates for each. Make a QR code for eachPairs collect clues together until they've gathered all the clues needed. event. Print and cut out the codes (glue on index cards for future use).
  2. Make duplicate codes and mix them up.
  3. Tape the QR codes around the room and pair up students.
  4. Tell students that they are to walk around with their partner to gather clues about an incident that happened.
  5. Once they have gathered all the clues, they will narrate what happened using adverb clauses in a paragraph.
  6. Encourage pairs to collaborate to write a creative paragraph by saying the class will vote on the top 3.


  • Assign paragraph for homework and ask pairs to read their paragraphs in small groups.
  • Ask students to type up their paragraphs and submit them the next day. Teacher can make editing assignments based on the paragraphs submitted.
  • Instead of adverb clauses of time, use cause and effect clauses, adjective clauses, or noun clauses.
  • Make QR codes out of the students’ final paragraphs and ask them to edit a paragraph of their choice as a group.

Free Online QR Code Generators:

Some Free Phone App QR Code Readers:
Apple: Red Laser
Google Play Store: Red Laser
Blackberry World: QR Code Scanner Pro Free

Jensen, E. (2000). Brain-based learning. Corwin Press.

Mensing, K. (2013, June 20). The Magic of QR Codes [Video file]. Retrieved from

*A version of this article was published in the CATESOL Quarterly News here:

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