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.
If you’ve used ShowMe on your iPad, you’re probably familiar with the drawing tool that allows you to illustrate your lessons while narrating. The drawing tool is ShowMe’s centerpiece, so it’s important for your experience while using it to be as smooth as possible. While we’re sure that you’re familiar with the drawing tool basics, there are a couple of things you may not know that can improve your lessons.
While much of your work in ShowMe will likely be based around using the drawing tool, there are times where you need to fit a detailed description or a tip on the screen; in cases such as these, the drawing tool won’t cut it, no matter how precise your stylus is. Fortunately, ShowMe’s built-in typing tool allows you to create a text box anywhere on your ShowMe slide.
The slides feature in ShowMe is perhaps the most crucial aspect of the app. Slides allow you to package your ShowMes’ content in such a way that it is approachable, concise, and fluid. Not only will using slides help your students practice “chunking” learning techniques when going over your ShowMes, it will also provide them with dynamic, easy-to-learn content.