Teacher Review For ShowMe Interactive Whiteboard

New method to assess students' understanding

Vici B.
Classroom teacher
Kendon School
Lansing, MI
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use ShowMe to allow my students to reflect about a new concept that I have instructed. For example, after I show them how to subtract a 2-digit problem with regrouping, I ask the students to then show me how to solve one. The students go off and create a screen cast on how they think about it and explain how to do it. It has been a great assessment tool to see the misconception the students have about the new concept. Many times students also realize their own misunderstandings when the students replay and listen to their own screen cast. I confer with the students and help them rerecord the accurate concept approach. It can be difficult to view all the students' screen casts so I set up the procedure to only record up to 2 min. so I have the time to listen to them.
My Take
This is a new approach to assess students and to integrate technology into the classroom. Using the ShowMe app, helps your students to reflect and show their understanding. The Blooms Taxonomy shows that there is a higher level of retaining knowledge when one teaches or creates. ShowMe allows students to teach and create. The frustration part of screen casting comes when one makes a mistake recording and then the project has to be repeated. If there are uploaded pictures, then starting over can be very time consuming. This is the part of the app I do not like. Dealing with this problem, the app has to be used for informing, unpolished projects.