App Review
Showbie

Paperless solution to getting organized and sparking student creativity

  • Teachers can test it out before deciding to go Pro.

  • Add assignments and see them all at once.

  • Leave notes or upload assignments for individual students.

  • Communicate with students directly in the app.

Quick Take
Pros: Virtually submitted work saves time and paper, and alignment with multiple apps allows students to be more creative.
Cons: Setting up classes and assignments takes time, and teachers may have to redesign some favorite assignments to align with the formats the app accepts.
Bottom Line: Teachers save time and paper by collecting and grading assignments online, while students become more organized and find new ways to complete their work.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Teens can create and submit content directly on their iPads, incorporating apps for mind-mapping, cartoon creation, and creative presentations.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Teens can work with a variety of apps to display their learning in multiple ways. When finished, they can submit work easily and, in many cases, receive feedback almost immediately.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

Video tutorials and on-screen instructions help teens and teachers get started. Class codes quickly connect teens with their teachers.

Our Review
What's It Like?

Instead of collecting and handing back paper assignments or trying to keep track of student assignments in an email account, teachers can use Showbie. For each class teachers set up, they receive a code to give students. That code connects students with their teacher and allows them to submit assignments and receive feedback. Teachers can have students submit traditional word-processing or slideshow presentation files, or allow them to use one of the many apps that work in conjunction with Showbie. As soon as students submit work, it appears in the teacher's account; teachers can then write or type comments directly on the work or record voice comments. Showbie offers a free teacher and school version, as well as a $99.00 School Pro version with additional annotation and support features.

Is It Good For Learning?

Apps that work in conjunction with Showbie include comic strip and cartoon creators, mind-mapping tools, and creative presentation tools. This variety caters to students' multiple learning styles and encourages them to think outside the box and demonstrate their knowledge in ways other than traditional paper or slideshow presentations. Quick feedback options help teachers make feedback more immediately relevant.

How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers who simply want to save time and paper can accomplish that goal by just having students submit assignments within the app. Teachers can then grade assignments on the go without worrying about losing student work or keeping piles of papers organized. Showbie offers more than a way to receive and grade student work, however. Teachers can use the app to spice up instruction, providing students with new ways to demonstrate their learning. Teachers can select tools for students or allow them to choose the tools that best suit their interests and learning styles. Student needs and learning styles can also be used to guide feedback, with teachers determining whether students would benefit most from written notes, typed notes, or voice recordings.

This review of Showbie was written by