LVPS e-news

May 12th

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App of the Week: Show Me

The blurb from the developers: "Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!
ShowMe allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s an amazingly simple app that anyone can use, no matter how young or old!"

Ideas on how to use it:

* Students can photograph a problem and record and annotate their solution (see the example below)

* Teachers can record themselves explicitly demonstrating a problem or explanation and students needing extra support (or who were absent) can watch the video again.

* Students can annotate, label and explain diagrams or photographs.

The best part of this app is the ability to voice-record which allows students who may struggle with writing an explanation or showing their working out the opportunity to do so with a verbal explanation.

The app is free and you can also create a free account which allows students to publish their work online. In order to do this, ensure they have permission to share work online and that you tick the Under 13 box. Being cyber-safe, remind them to avoid surnames and personal photographs. Kirsty can help support you with signing up.

This app is available on all the sets of iPads. If you give it a try in your class, feel free to share how you've used it!

Bonus resource!

This newsletter is produced using an online newsletter service called Smore ( I read about it on this blog by Jenn Scheffer: 10 Edtech Tools Teachers Can Use Tomorrow (Literally)

Smore has a huge range of possibilities. I am using it to distribute our e-news, but you could also use it to create a class newsletter or it could be beneficial for our priority teams like Birth-4, Sustainability or Values to distribute news.

The best part is that it is online and you can embed video, audio, photographs and even a gallery. This allows them to be more interactive and engaging than a print newsletter.


I hope you find this useful. Comment below on what you'd like to see in an upcoming e-news!