When our Year 1 and 2 teachers embarked on our 1:1 Mobile Learning program last term, they immediately saw the challenges of workflow. While embracing the multimodal capabilities of the iPad, we quickly realised the obstacles with our traditional thinking about the processes of handing up and giving feedback on new media including eBooks, video and the multitude of creations possible on the iPad.
We then asked:
- Do teachers need to review every video during classtime?
- What about large file sizes and email?
- How can we give timely feedback?
- How can we keep up with all that students are doing?
- What needs to have peer feedback or be shared with the class via AirPlay?
Collecting, organising and giving feedback on digital media produced by students is a challenge! Until now.
Showbie is a workflow app and cloud solution to assign, collect and review “assignments”. It’s clever use of the “Open In” feature allows students to “hand-up” just about anything they create on an iPad using the Showbie app. What’s more, its simple interface makes this a workable solution even for our 6 and 7 year olds. From a teacher’s perspective, they can assign tasks, share resources for the tasks and easily see who has handed up their work and comment on it using annotations, audio notes or text comments.
The support team are very responsive to support requests and have made it easy to answer your own questions including useful tutorials on how to use ShowBie with dozens of apps including my favourites: iMovie, Explain Everything, BookCreator, Comic Life and anything in the Camera Roll.
Showbie address the workspace part of an ePortfolio – but does not currently serve as a “showcase” environment or collaborative space.
From a technical perspective, I’d like to see some risk reduction (back-up, versioning, …). I’d also love to see a way for students to communicate not just with their teacher, but with one another. And.. I’d like to interface (easily) with a blogging platform like EduBlogs so students can publish their ideas and finished products to both gain feedback from broader audiences and maintain a collection of artfefacts of their learning journey beyond a single classroom environment.
Overall, Showbie shows much promise! I’ve just subscribed to a Pro version for our school and our Year 2 teachers are excited about the potential.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on iPad Workflow and Showbie in particular. Why not download the free version and see for yourself?