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If you don't have a smart board in your classroom, then this particular application, along with a digital projector, will allow you to have almost the same functionality as a smart board. This application's called ShowMe, and it's designed to be an iPad-based smart board. It functions very much like a white board, where you can select a variety of colors, select a pen size, and you can just go ahead and write. For example, here I have a very basic Punnett squares set up for my students. I could actually hand the iPad to my students during class while using a program such as Reflector to project this onto my board. Students could then go through, choose their color, let's say red.
They can then go in and fill out the various sections of this Punnett square. So my students would come through and complete the Punnett square the rest of students can go ahead and watch on the board. And then when they are finished, I can go ahead and give instruction directly using the Showed application. For example, I might come appear and select this orange color and say why didn't you separate your genotypes out and put them in their correct positions on your Punnett sqaure? In addition to using this as a whiteboard application during class time, I can also go through record actions. Let's say I want to go ahead and explain the Punnett square and have this as a video.
I can choose to the Record button in the center the screen, talk through that presentation and then automatically export that video to my blog or even to YouTube for students to watch at later time. If you are using ShowMe during class, a great thing to do also is to hide the Navigation menu at the top. You can do this by grabbing the three vertical lines on the right-hand side and simply sliding them all the way to the left. I now have the entire iPad screen available for drawing. And the small flag in the upper left-hand corner, if I tap on that, it'll allow me to quickly come back to change colors or even erase something that I didn't want there. ShowMe can also be used without projecting a white board.
If students are working groups and they just need a quick place to have a digital sketch board, I can hand them and iPad, open of the ShowMe application and have students draw out their thoughts. When students are finished sketching out the ideas, I can go head take a photo of what they've drawn, and I can go ahead and print it out for them or email it to them. I hope you enjoy using the ShowMe app, and even if you have a smart board, it's a great way to take the smart board functionality and turn it into a mobile device that you can hand to your students.
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