How I Use It
In my project based learning STEM classroom, select mathematical concepts required extensive modeling and explanation for students to implement. ShowMe provided an easy to use virtual whiteboard platform for demonstrating formula usage and computations with voiceover for replay as students needed scaffolding. When prepping a lesson, I recorded a screencast that would be embedded in the class website or linked so students could access at any time. This usage would also be helpful in a blended or flipped classroom environment.
Additionally, students would use ShowMe as an option to show mastery of concepts or to explain outcomes during the activity. The ability to add images, annotate with multiple colors, narrate, and add text to illustrate the process when they completed the challenge helped reinforce the skills needed in the 21st Century especially collaboration and communication.
ShowMe provides a simple, no-nonsense virtual whiteboard with a limited feature set for teachers to create lesson tutorials to share immediately in class or via recorded screencast. The selection of tools may limit some teachers that desire advanced options (videos or picture in picture for example) but will help students to focus on the screencast and not the digital tool when developing the video. Students sharing information, solutions to issues, and creating unique products are essential in the classroom of today.
When examining ShowMe in relation to SAMR, for my classroom it fell into augmentation as the technology permitted students to create a screencast but does not support feedback, commenting, or collaboration digitally. The ability to upload to an account to share publicly, privately with premium account, was not utilized in my class due to privacy concerns. If posted, there is an option to "like" but lacks in text input.