Showbie is an incredible digital workflow tool that many schools have been embedding into their day-to-day practice for years. Again, it’s easy for teachers to create classes and import all of their pupils into a shared digital space. When the class is set up, teachers can collate assignments in to separate folders. The assignment folders can then be filled with lesson materials.
The lesson materials can be a mixture of different file types. You can upload videos, photographs, audio clips, PDFs, Powerpoint, Word Docs etc.
are capable of supporting all of these file types and of course, you can use the camera and microphone on your
to create the file in the first instance. Teachers can also write comments amongst or above the files that they upload in order to advise their pupils on what they need to do with the materials. Weblinks can also be posted via the comments. On top of that, Showbie is linked with ‘Socrative’.
is a digital quiz generator. This addition means that educators can easily attach assessment quizzes to their lesson materials. Not only can the students gain access and use the materials but they can then test their knowledge and provide their teachers with assessment data by attempting the Socrative quiz.
Students have all of the same capabilities as their teachers. They too can upload all of the different file types to the shared assignment folder.
Therefore, a teacher can assign some work to be completed on a Powerpoint template (for example); the student can then download the template onto their Apple device and complete the work before uploading their finished assignment. If the teacher has posted a PDF worksheet students can annotate the sheet onscreen. Showbie’s powerful digital annotation tools mean that a lot of work can be completed without any need for downloading materials and uploading them.
When the children respond to work via annotation or by uploading files, the teacher can then grade the work or use the same annotation tools to provide detailed feedback. The inbuilt grading system keeps tabs on learning progressions and makes it easy for teachers to consolidate their assessments in one place. Rather than all of the work automatically being collated into a journal, the teacher can choose which files they would like to add to each individual child’s learning journal. With a combination of the digital annotation, grading and journal generation, educators can build an extremely comprehensive overview of any individual learners developments.
Showbie's interface reflects a file finder style browser. That facet coupled with the uploading and downloading that I detailed before means that it is aimed at slightly older children. However, it is very intuitive and a brilliant all-rounder for multi-media digital workflow.