ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free ($4.99 for group version)
  • Category: Education

Common Sense Media says

Simplified interactive whiteboard has privacy issues.
  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free ($4.99 for group version)
  • Category: Education

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Extraordinarily easy to use. There's very little need for a tutorial, as the user interface is very clean and intuitive and provides just enough choices to create voice-over whiteboard tutorials or presentations. Even so, when users register they receive an email from the community manager with extra support and an invitation to a weekly webinar.

Violence

All content depends on the user. Anything can be spoken into the app or written onto the whiteboard. Community guidelines state that violent subject material or hate speech aren't allowed.

Sex

All content depends on the user. Anything can be spoken into the app or written onto the whiteboard. Community guidelines request that ShowMes do not contain "adult subject matter."

Language

All content depends on the user. Anything can be spoken into the app or written onto the whiteboard. Community guidelines state there should be no profanity.

Consumerism

Teachers can purchase a monthly subscription for $5 to use the Groups mode, with which they can invite their students to join for free and share private lessons. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

All content depends on the user. Anything can be spoken into the app or written onto the whiteboard.

Privacy & safety

Anyone can join ShowMe, even kids under age 13. ShowMe's terms of use explain that it collects "limited information from individuals under the age of 13." With parent permission (via email request), kids' usernames, ShowMes, and city and state are displayed publicly by default, raising some serious questions about privacy and safety.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard is a whiteboard app that anyone can use to create presentations using images, drawings, text, and audio voice-over recordings. There's a heavy focus on sharing work with the online community of users, but presentations can be kept private or shared with limited groups, if desired. Kids and teachers can use the app to create a ShowMe by writing and speaking their presentations (lessons and math problems, for example) in a step-by-step fashion and sharing them with others. ShowMes are categorized by topic, so users can explore other people's ShowMes to find unique lesson resources. Teachers can pay $4.99 for a monthly groups subscription to share ShowMes with a class. ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard is a collaborative tool for digital lesson-sharing that can work for parents, teachers, and kids. However, parents and teachers should take note of the significant privacy and safety concerns for younger users.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • speaking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • self-reflection
  • academic development

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids are engaged as they create their own ShowMes and watch other people's ShowMe creations. There is no time limit to the ShowMes, but the site recommends keeping them on the short side to keep engagement high.

Learning Approach

Kids learn through creating ShowMe presentations and through viewing those made by others. Through collaborative sharing, ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard users support each other in the learning process.

Support

There's a good FAQ section, and, at registration, users receive an email with extra support. However, the app doesn't give users data; feedback is only as helpful as a user's network. Privacy and safety issues may limit accessibility.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • speaking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment
  • self-reflection
  • academic development

Communication

  • multiple forms of expression

Collaboration

  • cooperation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can learn how to use technology to present step-by-step information with images, words, and audio. They'll also learn a lot about the academic subjects about which they're building the presentations. While ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard can teach academic, subject-area skills, it's the process of learning to explain and teach that holds the greatest potential.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Anyone can register for an account and select some interesting topics to follow. Tap "Create New ShowMe," and a blank creation page with a toolbar appears. From that point, you can add text, images, or drawings. By simply pressing the red record button you can narrate over the visual steps. When you're done, just press "Close" to save, and give your ShowMe a title. Press the play button to play or the cloud tab to label by topic and share. To view other users' ShowMes, tap "Explore" on the app's main page.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard is a good tool for easily presenting and sharing step-by-step information through sound and images. Teachers are using this app with some great results, and kids and parents can use it, too. However, be aware of ShowMe's somewhat questionable privacy and safety issues for younger users. You can view Featured ShowMes on the developer's website and search by category or subcategory. From "Why Rivers Are Important" to "What Makes a Million," the audio/visual combination of a ShowMe can be quite engaging. It's a great way to share a lesson; kids can repeat it as many times as they want. One downside is that users can't create more than one page for a lesson. But the upside is that the app has many uses. Looking to give homework help to your kids? Parents who need to brush up on a topic can look for a brief ShowMe for review. Also, kids who want learn the process for solving a math problem can write it out and play it back to see if they're on track. If you're mindful of ShowMe's privacy and safety issues, it's a viable option as both a creation tool and a collaboration platform.

Families can talk about...

  • Watch some of the public ShowMes to get a sense for how parents, kids, and teachers can use this resource.

  • Review ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard's community guidelines with kids to make sure they understand how to honor the collaborative community with appropriate content and feedback.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free ($4.99 for group version)
Pricing structure:Free
Subscription price:$4.99
Release date:April 17, 2013
Category:Education
Size:8.20 MB
Version:iOS 3.2.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Educator and Parent Written bySamantha.Santana December 19, 2013
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Good, but not great

I flip all my classes, and I have been doing this for 2 years now. I was a bit ahead of the pack. I started off using ShowMe, but I later changed to AniMoby. I find AniMoby to be easier to use and has a large library of clip art that helps me to make lessons. ShowMe is a good start though...

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