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
 

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.

EAS Certification

 

 

References

http://www.educationalappstore.com/app/showme-interactive-whiteboard

 

Featured ShowMes: 7/22

Along rivers: Robert put together an amazing ShowMe on why early civilizations formed along rivers. “Along rivers” is definitely one of the better ShowMe’s we’ve ever seen, so give it a watch if you have a minute!

U-sub demo: Daniel goes through u-substitution in an extremely clear way. For any students or teachers of calculus having trouble with u-substitution, this ShowMe is definitely worth taking a look at!

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Featured User #1: Meet Joe Erpelding

Featured User - Joe ErpeldingWe’re excited to present today our first ShowMe Featured User! Meet Joe Erpelding, a principal/teacher in California who has created several awesome math ShowMes including one of our personal favorites, Compare and Order Whole Numbers.

Visit Joe’s awesome ShowMe Portfolio: http://www.showmeapp.com/user5377

Can you tell us a little about what you do?
I’m a principal at an elementary school in California. I also teach math there.

How are you and the teachers at your school using ShowMe?
I really like the idea of having two people talk to each other during a ShowMe. My son is usually with me in my videos, and he and I can talk about common misconceptions people have. Right now we’ve only made videos about math, but we hope to create some science lessons soon.

Other teachers at our school plan on using ShowMe to implement a partially flipped classroom starting next year. The lessons will be level specific instead of grade specific. We’ll start pushing out more content around August in preparation for school.

What’s the coolest ShowMe you’ve seen?
I’ve seen a lot of math ones, but I get really excited about science ones. I also really liked the sports strategy ShowMes.

 

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InspireMe Contest – Win an iPad 2!

We like to learn. That’s why we’re looking for the most awesome, informative, and inspiring ShowMes from our community. And guess what? We’ll reward the creator of the ShowMe with the most number of Facebook votes with a brand new iPad 2!

Win an iPad 2!

Do we have your attention yet? Please view additional InspireMe Contest details at http://www.showmeapp.com/contest

To submit your entry, please go to our official Facebook Contest Page.

Deadline for submissions: Aug 15
Voting period: Aug 16-27
Winner announced: Aug 28

Some ideas for getting the word out about your ShowMe entry and gathering those Facebook votes:

1) Promote your completed lesson on your Twitter, Facebook, personal blog
2) Are you a teacher? Encourage your students to vote/participate to make their own lessons!

 

ShowMe Blog Relaunch!

Have you checked out showmeapp.com recently?

A lot has happened since we last wrote, most importantly – ShowMe’s official launch into the Apple app store! Come download us today for your iPad and give us a test drive.

We really appreciate all the user feedback received, both during the beta phase and post-launch. Huge thanks to everyone for supporting us through the early stages as we continue to learn and evolve the product. Your input is invaluable – keep it coming!

In other news, we had an awesome time mingling with teachers at ISTE 2011. For those unfamiliar with the conference, ISTE brings together thousands of enthusiastic ed tech professionals and corporate representatives from around the world for five days of professional learning, collaboration, and hands-on demonstration of new technologies for the classroom.

Found someone presenting ShowMe at ISTE 2011!We were pleasantly surprised to see one of the ISTE attendees demoing the app 🙂

This is only the beginning for ShowMe and our amazing group of content contributors. Hang tight, there are many more exciting things to come!

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