Featured Application: Homework Help & Home Extensions

 

align box“When teachers design homework to meet specific purposes and goals, more students complete their homework and benefit from the results” – Epstein & Van Voorhis

 

Effective educators are always looking for ways to bridge the gap between school and home.  However there can always be challenges for extending learning beyond the school day.  Whether students need extra support or parents don’t understand the content being taught, meaningfully learning outside the classroom can prove difficult at home, when the teacher is nowhere to be found.

Until ShowMe!  Now every student and their families can have access to their teacher anytime, anywhere.  Using technology to enhance learning isn’t just for the flipped classroom or advanced tech-happy teachers.  One of my favorite ShowMe applications can be used in any classroom by any teacher, no matter how tech savvy you are.  

align box“Teachers cannot follow students home, so it is important that parents are provided with the tools to successfully be involved with their children’s homework.” – Nicole Schrat Carr

 

Common Core can leave parents wondering, “Whaaaaat”, struggling to understand new ways to solve problems without the traditional algorithm.  It can also leave students frustrated, saying, “But that’s not how Mrs. Smith taught us!”  If you are a parent, I’m sure you’ve felt this frustration too, thinking Mrs. Smith might be a little crazy.  Here is an example of a ShowMe made just for parents, explaining the importance and strategies of CCSS in a division problem.  

Including parents in student learning is one way to effectively bridge the home-school gap, but taking personal responsibility and feeling the ping of succeeding on their own is also important for student growth.  ShowMes provide extra support and home extensions, giving every student the opportunity to have a teacher available at any time.

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“Homework that students can’t do without help is not good homework; students are discouraged when they are unable to complete homework on their own” – Cathy Vatterott, ASCD author

Every student needs extra help at times, or even differentiated support.  ShowMe provides extensions and aid, or even just to see Mrs. Smith show one more example.  Here is a ShowMe created for students to work side by side with the teacher on a difficult math problem.  The teacher completes an example, then encourages students to try the next one on their own.  This helpful, yet independent support, allows students to take control of their own learning, get help when they need it, and apply it on their own.

There are many strategies to use Homework Help with ShowMe; here are 2 simple and easy ways.  Click on each link to watch a ShowMe tutorial about each tool:

  1. Create a QR code to put directly on the homework page
  2. Link the ShowMe to your teacher website

Resources:

References:

  • Carr, N. S. (2013). Increasing the Effectiveness of Homework for All Learners in the Inclusive Classroom. School Community Journal, 23(1), 169-182.
  • Epstein, M. H., Polloway, E. A., Foley, R. M., & Patton, J. R. (1993). Homework: A comparison of teachers’ and parents’ perception of the problems experienced by students identified as having behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, or no disabilities. Remedial and Special Education, 14(5), 40–50.
  • Vatterott, C. (2010). Five hallmarks of good homework. Educational Leadership, 68(1), 10–15.

Office 365 Education Solutions

We are excited to announce our partnership with Microsoft Education Solutions!  Now you will be able to register or sign into ShowMe through your Office 365 account.  Just one more way to make education easy and effortless!

Microsoft is also featuring us on Office 365 Education Solutions!  Check us out here, where we are moving up to the 2nd app on the list.  This is one more way to continue to spread our passion for learning and innovation!

ISTE 2016 Conference

ISTE 2016“ShowMe has helped my students by providing an additional resource they can go to at any hour. Students love how easy it is and I love all the uses it has in my classroom.”
-Michelle Strand

ShowMe joined the ISTE 2016 conference in Denver, Colorado! It was great to meet people from across the globe, hear many amazing stories about ShowMe’s classroom applications, and watch new users eyes light up with inspiration.  Most of all, we have been inspired by you to continue to grow ShowMe as an easy and effective app.  ShowMe is expanding as a community collaborative space, not only for our students, but also for each other as passionate educators.

Our goal is to reach every classroom meaningfully, which is why we are expanding our platform to Androids in the Google Play Store, and Chromebooks in the Chrome Store.  Any touch screen will have the capability to create ShowMe’s by the time school starts for the new school year.  Don’t have a touch screen, don’t worry!  You can access your account, as well as, featured ShowMe’s by top users right here on our website.  
We would love to hear your feedback on the latest update! Be sure to share your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook or email us at support@showme.com.

ShowMe How-Tos

How to start using ShowMe?

1. Download ShowMe app from iTunes at the following link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/showme-interactive-whiteboard/id445066279?mt=8&ls=1
2. Register from the ShowMe application or on our website www.showme.com
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.

Watch a Tutorial about how to Create a 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.

Watch a Tutorial about how to Save a ShowMe!

Watch a Tutorial about how to Share a ShowMe!

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 support@showme.com

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.

Courses
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 support@showme.com

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