With the advent of the iPad and more and more homework assignments getting submitted electronically, many teachers find themselves with overstuffed inboxes and drowning in word docs and presentations.
However, where there is a need, there’s a market! More and more tools are appearing on the market everyday in order to help out. Thanks Nadia (Miss Science/Math teacher) for letting me know about Showbie. Like Nearpod, the subscription fee is a tad prohibitive ($10/month) but the free version still gives you lots of options.
Here is a video giving you a quick summary of how it works:
Here is what Nadia said about it:
I found this app yesterday and have been playing around with it since. I think it would be really useful for teachers tying to go paper free.
It can be used really easily with note taking apps too like goodnotes or notability. or even keynote or something else.
So I thought I would give it a try.
Signing up was easy:
You add your name and password and then get started right away by adding a class.
When you are adding your assignment, you can add a description and a due date:
Then it is time to invite students!
Here is how it looks like on your teacher dashboard:
ON THE STUDENT SIDE:
First they have to download the app and sign in as a student. They will asked to give a username and password, but won’t have to put in an email.
They enter the code for the class:
Then find the work they want to submit and choose to open it in Showbie:
They choose to add file to the assignment folder:
AND BACK TO TEACHER VIEW:
And voilà! Here it is in my teacher folder!
You can choose to add noters to the assignment folder:
As well as many other things:
Then I thought I would try annotating it in Notability, just to see if it would work with Showbie:
Though it worked, I am not sure if you would be able to submit feedback like this to individual students. The way it looked in my folder was like a whole new document. Perhaps Nadia can tell us how she does it?
The paid version allows you to annotate the documents in Showbie, which I assume would sink with the student’s account so that they could see your marks.
And then, of course, you can add more classes:
Here is what the free version gives you:
Obviously, the paid version gives you way more- to check out the difference between paid and free, click here