Are you going 1:1 this year or are you looking for a fast and simple digital workflow app? I’ve been using Showbie since the beginning of last school year in my second grade 1:1 iPad classroom and would highly recommend it for any grade level.
Showbie allows you to quickly and easily assign, collect and review student work in an organized fashion. As students submit work, you can provide immediate feedback by adding text and voice notes directly onto their assignments. The Showbie app is free, but there’s a Pro upgrade available, which I am giving away at the end of this post!
My listening center and my number of the day warm-up are two activities that we use Showbie for every single day. As you can see in the pictures, some of my students prefer to write and some prefer to type on the recording sheets.
Many times, when we are doing a whole-group or center activity on the iPads, I like for my students to send me a picture from their camera roll so that I can check for understanding. For example, this subtraction cube activity was a whole-group lesson and the Popplet sequencing activity was a reading center.
Usually, with these types of activities, I’ll have my students take a screen shot of their iPad and then send me the image from their camera roll. I walk around all day with Showbie open on my iPad so I can be sure my students are on-task as well as understanding the content.
One of the amazing features of Showbie is that it allows the teacher and students to attach voice recordings. We used this feature for fluency evaluations on the iPads about once a month. In the picture below, you can see that my student is about to record himself reading a part of a book.
After my students play back the recording to themselves, they open and fill out a fluency self-evaluation form and send it to me via Showbie.
Sometimes I will have my students send me a voice recording of themselves working through a math problem and explaining their thinking. In the picture below, this student is writing out his thinking, and next he will send me a voice recording explaining how he thought about the problem. This can be a very powerful way to check for understanding.
Showbie is very user-friendly and they have lots of great tutorials on their website to help you get started. Setting up a class is very simple. Showbie will give you a unique classroom code for your students to type in to join your class (no student email addresses are required).
Then you can start adding assignments to your class. Click on the wrench by your class name and then the plus sign for a new assignment.
There are many file types you can add, such as a PDF or an image from your camera roll. You can even take a picture of a worksheet or graphic organizer and upload it. If you want to provide a more detailed description of the task/assignment, you can add a comment or voice note along with the file. The assignment will show up on your students’ iPads immediately, and they can easily open it and begin working.
As students turn in their assignments, a paperclip will appear next to their name. You simply click on a student’s name and their completed assignment opens up.
You can make a mark on their assignment and send it back to them immediately. If they need to fix something, you can make a note directly on there and they can resubmit it to you. Here's an example of a math quiz that I graded and sent back to a student.
The free version of the app is wonderful, but you do have the option to upgrade to Pro, which has some cool features such as larger file size and longer voice notes and video clips. The folks at Showbie were kind enough to offer me the Pro version for this past year and I found it to be my #1 must-have app in my classroom.
Now here's your chance to win a one-year Showbie Pro subscription for YOUR classroom. Simply comment below with your first name, email, and the grade you teach. I will choose a random commenter on Friday, July 31st.