Introducing: ShowMe Slides!

ShowMe, much like education, is all about community. The educators who use our software on a daily basis provide valuable feedback for how we can continue to improve the ShowMe platform, ensuring a positive, meaningful experience. One of the most frequent questions we received was about the ability to print your ShowMes, making them easy to distribute to students for use when not on a device.

 

The Fresh New ShowMe 7.0

“The Showme videos allow me to give personal instruction to students who may need repeated views of the lesson. My students are excited to see the newest video.”

  –Nicole Washington, Math Teacher at East Hartford Middle School

Get as excited as your students for the newest update of ShowMe! We had you in mind with our 7.0 version, with performance improvements, easy explore filters, and best of all, a paid feature! It is now easier than ever to use, as we continue to build a platform for teachers to share and grow as revolutionary educators. 

Our look and feel now provides an even better user experience. Never lose another ShowMe with our autosave function, easily search and create courses, and make money for the work you have already shared across the world.  

 

ShowMe stands above other similar apps because of the community every user helped form.  We celebrate every teacher for their collaboration, you have helped build a foundation to share ideas and content across the world.  After all, we teachers definitely know how to share (just ask Pinterest or TPT.)  We are proud to provide a new way to keep sharing the love by getting paid for the great work you already do.

Simply go to the App Store and install our newest version. Enjoy exploring the new streamlined look, utilize courses to have meaningful interactions with every student, and start buying and selling great ShowMes.

With the new Paid feature, you can:

  • Sell individual ShowMes for $1.99
  • Sell a course for $9.99
  • Buy from other teachers
  • Collect revenue of everything you sell – $5.00 for each Course and $1.00 for each ShowMe

Continue supporting each other and our students of all ages.  We are proud to continue to be an effective tool in classrooms across the globe, and will always strive to improve and grow with the passion of over a 10 million users.  
For an overview of the new paid feature, check out this quick tutorial!

 

Student Conferences – made easy with ShowMe

With a new school year already here, you may find yourself already reflecting on how to grow as an educator over the next 9 months.  Maybe you’ll try using a new classroom management style, that cool new tech tool, or just keep your “To Grade” stack shorter than your coffee cup. Or maybe loftier, year long goals, such as having consistent meaningful assessment that will drive instruction.  Conferencing with students is one of the greatest assessment strategies in every teacher’s tool belt.  A few test answers can show what a student knows, but not how a student thinks.   Hearing a student describe how they got the answer in a one on one conference allows for targeted instruction based on what students actually need, or how to build upon what they already know.  How can you put up the scaffolding if you don’t know what the foundation is?

 

Knowing a student’s thought process is only half the battle.  Even after using that authentic assessment, how can the understanding be related that into a letter grade or one word ranking on a rubric.  Each student’s thinking was deep, meaningful, and communicated to you in all the glory that is uniquely in their own words and ideas.  You can’t translate that into a simple letter grade or boil it down to a one word ranking on a rubric.  But you also can’t go home with every student and sit down with their families about how he or she solved a math problem.  

 

ShowMe allows for you to sit at every child’s kitchen table and have that conference.  As students work through problems on their iPads, they can also explain their thinking.  All can be captured and ready to send home to parents.  


“With ShowMe the learning that takes place in the classroom goes home with the students.  I enjoy ShowMe and the interactivity it brings to my teaching” – Frank Briganti, 4th Grade Teacher

 

Here is how to easily email a ShowMe to parents:

Tutorial: How to email a ShowMe

 

Make the most out of the year by saving time, communicating to parents effectively, and have less tests to grade (yay!) with one on one conferences created with ShowMe.

 

 

Featured Application: Homework Help & Home Extensions

 

“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.  

“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.


“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.
 

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

 

How-to: Use ShowMe for in class presentations!

Today’s blog post is written by Julia Wilson, our awesome community intern, who you will be seeing more of on the blog! 

Have Students use ShowMe as a Replacement for In-Class Presentations

I’ve always been a fan of in-class presentations. From my experience, students tend to put more effort into something when they know it will be shared publicly with classmates. They also tend to gain a stronger grasp of the material when they are required to present it in their own words.
In Short: the students work a little harder and learn a little better.

Now think of ShowMe as a twist on the typical class presentation method. The students are still required to work together, research a topic, and practice public speaking skills while creating a well thought out presentation. But instead of having students preform in-class presentations, break the students into groups and have them use ShowMe to create a presentation instead.

Benefits:

1. Save class time. Student presentations are time consuming and it can be difficult to keep the attention of all students while their classmates present. If each group of students is given an iPad, ShowMe can save valuable class time because each group can create their presentation at the same time.

2. A Great assessment method. After the students upload their ShowMe you will be able to go back and watch the presentation at a convenient time for you. If you wanted the presentations to count as a graded assessment, you could easily go back and watch each ShowMe more than once. (Instead of racing to fill out a rubric for students while they present in-class.)

3. Easy Sharing. It is really simple to share a ShowMe, you can even embed the videos onto your school website! Did one group really create an exceptional lesson? You now will be able to share any of the presentations with other students, teachers and parents as often as you’d like.

So the next time you are considering in-class presentations I challenge you to have your students use ShowMe instead. Be sure to let us know how it works in your classroom!

 

How to: Use ShowMe with Speech and Language Learners [Part 2]

Yesterday’s post about using ShowMe with speech and language learners is actually part of a longer series of How-tos I’m going to write. Of all the ways we imagined people using ShowMe, hearing about how it has helped students with learning and speech differences is the most powerful and moving to me. I think for educators in this field there is something awesome about ShowMe because it allows for personalized lessons that foster independence and reflection. For students who don’t have these resources at their fingertips, I’m proud that many of these lessons have been uploaded to the community for anyone to learn from!

This how-to idea comes directing from Gailyn Ryan in Minnesota. Gailyn works in an elementary school and is always coming up with new innovative ways for special education teachers to help students. Every year incoming students focus a good chunk of time learning how to write their name. However, with many students in a class it can be hard to differentiate for every one, which is where ShowMe comes to the rescue! This is how Gailyn changed the way the lesson was taught:

  1. Create a new ShowMe
  2. Tap record, pick your pen color and start writing the name of the student across the screen.
  3. While you are writing each letter, explain how you are doing it (“A” start at the top and make a line to the bottom…”) Make sure to pause after each letter to say it out loud. Depending on the abilities of your students you might want to say the sound the letter makes too.
  4. When you are done writing, say the whole name out loud and then hit stop. Save your ShowMe and upload it.
  5. Have your student sit in front of the iPad or the computer with a paper and pen. Push play on the video player
  6. While your student is watching, they should be following along on their paper mirroring what you are doing in the ShowMe. They can stop, pause, rewind or re-play as many times as they’d like until they are confident in their new skill.
As with yesterday’s ShowMe, its important to have this ShowMe readily available on the internet for your student to watch at home or share with others! This lesson can definitely be adapted for many other writing lessons–names are just the start!

 

 

How-to: Use ShowMe for speech and language learning [Part 1]

I’m super appreciative of everyone who emails and tweets all of the awesome ways that they’ve been using ShowMe. Today’s How-to was inspired Dana Hagan, a speech + language pathologist in Deer Park, NY who’s class I had the privilege of observing last week.

In Dana’s class, the 5th graders were learning about the Gold Rush in 1848. Using ShowMe with her group of 3 students, she had

  1. Choose an image from Safari that you’d like to discuss. Hold your finger down on it then tap Save Image when the button appears. This will save it to your image library. If you already have an image cued up, skip this step!
  2. Open a new ShowMe and write a sentence about what you and your students will be discussing
  3. Tap record and read it out loud. Clear the screen when you’ve finished this.
  4. Add the image from the photo library that you prepared at the beginning of the lesson. For Dana, this was a map of the United States from around 1849.
  5. Let each student pick a color and interact with the map while answering questions. For Dana, this was asking them to identify locations on the map that were significant to the Gold Rush.
  6. When you are finished, hit Stop. Take the time now to play back the ShowMe to your students and ask them to reflect on what they just made. Perhaps they have goals with speech and language that they can think about while they watch.
  7. Lastly, make sure you upload your ShowMe by hitting the Upload button. Not only will the lesson help other learners in the ShowMe community but it will also be helpful for your own students to re-watch their ShowMe, add it to their digital portfolios and proudly share with others!
Send the lessons you creating using Dana’s method our way, we’d love to see them!