ShowMe is optimized from the ground up for mobile use, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do plenty from your workstation. By accessing your ShowMe profile page from the ShowMe website, you can edit your profile, create courses and groups, view and edit your existing courses, and more. Any changes that you make will immediately carry over to the ShowMe app on your tablet.
While ShowMe’s main appeal is that is allows you to create and save your files within the app, there are times where you need to add an existing file—such as a photo—to your presentation. Advanced file-importing features are available for ShowMe Premium users, but your free account allows you to add or take photos as well as select a background for your ShowMe.
ShowMe isn’t just a whiteboard app; it’s also a social hub for teachers, as well as a compendium of your saved assignments and groups. From within the ShowMe app, you can create an assignment, post it to your profile, check in with local educators, and view your current courses—all in a few seconds!
ShowMes take two main forms: slide presentations, and video presentations. Slides consist of static images with written or drawn content, while video presentations allow you to narrate your drawn or written actions while performing them. Both of these options are available for use with your free ShowMe account, along with the ability to save up to 15 minutes’ worth of ShowMes.
ShowMe’s cloud storage means that you can access your personal projects anytime, anywhere—but what if you want to share your ShowMe with people who don’t use the app? With ShowMe Premium’s download feature, you can bridge the gap between your content and the outside world.
A teacher’s life is often hectic and full of interruptions, delays, and spontaneous incidents; as such, you most likely don’t always have time to plan an entire ShowMe in one sitting. Luckily, with ShowMe Premium’s Draft feature, you don’t have to.
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 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!
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.
“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:
- Create a QR code to put directly on the homework page
- Link the ShowMe to your teacher website
- 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.