Wednesday Workshop: Moodle, Showbie and Conference notes

Just in case you missed another installation of our staff iPad Show and Tell, here is a list of links to the presentations and resources discussed!

1. MOODLE by David Pelletier

The first presentation was from David, who attended a tech conference and became enamoured with Moodle. Unbeknownst to him, he had already been using Moodle as a student – he is taking an online course on wine that uses it as a platform. It was the perfect opportunity to show us what the tool is capable of.

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2. Showbie by Nadia Schoonhoven

Nadia has been playing around with Showbie as a way to collect student assignments and give feedback. She is using the free version which means she does not have access to the built-in annotation function in the app. To get around this, she uses Showbie in conjunction with Notability to send her feedback to the students. As she mentions in her presentation, it is a great tool to help you go paperless!

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She even shared her presentation via Showbie so that I could have access to it:

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I also wroe a rAPPido review on Showbie which you can see here.

3.Conference notes by Melanie Leblanc

Last but not least, Melanie gave us a whirlwind tour of a dizzying amount of resources she learned about at her conference. Highlights include resources for making info graphics, and mind mapping tools.

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The presentation includes many excellent links so check it out!

Thank you so much to our presenters!


rAPPido Review: Showbie a Way to make a More Efficient Workflow

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:
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You add your name and password and then get started right away by adding a class.
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When you are adding your assignment, you can add a description and a due date:
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Then it is time to invite students!
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Here is how it looks like on your teacher dashboard:
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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:
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Then find the work they want to submit and choose to open it in Showbie:
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They choose to add file to the assignment folder:
And voilà! Here it is in my teacher folder!
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You can choose to add noters to the assignment folder:
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As well as many other things:
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Then I thought I would try annotating it in Notability, just to see if it would work with Showbie:
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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:
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Here is what the free version gives you:
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Obviously, the paid version gives you way more- to check out the difference between paid and free, click here.