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Peer Review

Show Me App for iPad



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 03, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: This is a free app which allows users to create lessons using a whiteboard and narration, exported as a video file. There is no limit on what you can teach and there is a supportive online community where you can share your lessons. The Show Me site ( has multiple supports for users, including forums and a blog. The blog (ShowMe Voice) discusses new features and additions to the application.
Type of Material: App - Social Media (Development Tool)
Recommended Uses: K- University students and faculty for developing lessons and sharing materials.
Technical Requirements: iPad (Requires iOS 4.3 or later.)
Identify Major Learning Goals: The goal is to create personal interactive whiteboards allowing users to record voice over tutorials and share them with ShowMe's online learning community. The user determines the learning goals of the materials.
Target Student Population: K-University students and faculty
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Abilty to download apps from the App Store iPad IOS 4.1.3 or higher

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The content can be shared with anyone, even if they are without an iPad. If a user can hit "record" and speak loudly enough, he or she can share his or her understanding of a concept or material. It allows users to support multiple modalities to show what they know. It allows instructors to use a variety of strategies for teaching (small group, individual, whole class). It is flexible in terms of disciplines. You can embed and upload images from other sites and annotate them. You can customize your content to a particular student, a group, or a whole class. Recordings are unlimited and can be shared or kept private. The recordings are automatically saved. You can explore other similar ShowMe's on the website.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Students can either find completed ShowMe's or create their own for a particular discipline. Users can "follow" certain creators on the ShowMe website. Students can collect errors or issues, they can do guided note-taking, and explanations of problem solving or interpretation. Teachers can create accounts for their students if the students do not have an email address. (This is particularly important for elementary teachers.) Due to its ease of use, this app supports immediate and intuitive use by both students and teachers. Sometimes less is more, and segmenting or chunking of information may be useful rather than one large ShowMe.
Concerns: Due to the fact that there is no time limit on the recording, it is important for teachers to recommend or suggest a time-limit on creations due to bandwidth issues and grading concerns.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This is a clean, intuitive icon-based design. It can be used across languages and cultures. The app allows for immediate immersion in the lesson and/or content development. It can easily be used by very young children and by adults. The menu bar can be tapped so that it will disappear and provide use of the whole screen. It supports multiple erasing of individual marks on the screen.
Concerns: This app does not support multiple styles of pen tools or the entering of text. There is no adjustment for erasers or marks. On the plus side, this is also one of the reasons why the app can be used by very young children.

Other Issues and Comments: It is worth exploring the online site to see examples of how others are using this tool in their classrooms. The online community is a rich resource for ShowMe users.