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

 

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.

EAS Certification

 

 

References

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

 

How-to use the new Explore

You may have noticed that ShowMe has changed lately. We’ve completely redesigned the app to making learning easier!

To get started with the new ShowMe Explore here’s a guide:

  1. Browse your recommendations! We’ve provided personalized recommendations for you
  2. Browse by categories! Now, when you tap on a category, all of the subcategories will be revealed. This is a great way to browse featured ShowMes by subject.
  3. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Tap the search box to type what you’re looking for. Your search results can be filtered by topic, people, or ShowMes!
 

New ShowMe Feature: Adding student accounts!

We’ve been working hard this summer to add some new features for the school year. We noticed that many teachers wanted the ability to manage student accounts and that students often do not have access to email. So, we built an easy way for you to create student accounts! Email is not required and teacher’s have total oversight over what kids are up to.

 

First, open up ShowMe and tap Activity. Look for the green button that lets you Find more people to follow

 

 

 

Second, in the bottom left corner side of the screen that appears, tap Create a student account

 

 

 

Next, enter your student information. Remember to indicate if they are under age 14! Tap Create Account when you’re ready

 

 

 

You’re done! You’ll receive and email with the login information and password which you can give to your student.

 

 

If you’d like to change the username or password, just login and navigate to the student’s name in the top left corner of the app. Tap it and select Settings to make changes.

 

Stories (An Epiphany)

The thing about stories is that they don’t have to fascinate the storyteller. I mean, the event doesn’t have to be fascinating or extraordinary to you to have meaning to your audience.  Sometimes it’s the mundane that provides a lesson worth telling. I tell stories to my students all the time, some entertaining some not so, and I’m often struck by what they connect with in the story.
A story I have shared often with my students is the story of a bowling class I took in college. It’s not an interesting story, but I tell them how when I learned how to throw a hook and count boards, I immediately lost 30 pins on my average. I share that story with them to say, “Sometimes when you learn something new or develop a new skill your overall ability suffers in the short term, to make you better in the long term.” I tell them I’m a better bowler now than I would have been had I never learned these skills, but I was a frustrated bowler as I continued to practice. I use the story in math or coaching basketball because sometimes students need to know that learning often comes out of struggle. You backslide and grasp to old habits, but when the challenges get more difficult, you realize the old habits don’t help you, but the new skills and knowledge will. Once I tell the story to a room of fifth graders they start asking me about what my average bowling score was and is now, and I tell them my scores and say, “I’m far from a professional and I don’t play much anymore.” That’s irrelevant because usually when I tell that story it’s for the  benefit of the kids who think “Why do I need to show my work when I can solve it in my head?” or “Why should I shoot the ball from above my head when I make plenty of shots shooting it from my hip?” As teachers and coaches we can see the bigger picture, and our stories, especially ones that tell of our struggles, can help them learn a little more about that picture. Share.