Saturday, December 6, 2014


OH NO! (1pts)
It’s OK (2pts)
Must Use
Sign me up! (3pts)
Learning Target Goal
Students can not  unable to use this tool to meet their learning target
Students can see how this tool can be used to meet their learning target
This tool is transparent and students can clearly see how this tool is used and can apply it to their learning
User-Friendly Design
Students have a hard time navigating through the tool and can not easily find what they need
Students can navigate through the tool but have difficulty finding useful tools
Students can easily navigate through tool
Access (Free or Paid)
Communication tool is too expensive and not worth the benefit of the tool and/or is not accessible to students and teachers
Communication tool requires small monthly fee that is worth the use and benefit of the tool and/or easily accessible to students and teachers
Communication tool is free and/or easily accessible to students and teachers
There is no way to accommodate or differentiate for all learners
This tool could be differentiated for a few types of learners
There are many ways this tool could be adapted for all learners
Student Motivation
Students are not/would not be motivated to interact using this tool
Some/few students may be  interested in using this tool
Students are excited to use this tool to interact and communicate
Timely Communication/ Feedback
Communication stream is not easily followed and takes too much practice to learn to be useful
Communication stream may be difficult to follow and manage, or managing feedback is not easily done in a timely manner
Communication stream is easy to follow and access quickly to keep feedback timely
Trackable User Work Record
Student work is not archived or able to be tracked.  There is no way to easily see what each member has contributed.
Student work may be archived
individual student contributions may be determined
Student work is easily tracked and individual contributions are clearly and easily determined.
Tool is only available for one or two browser platforms
Tool is available in some browsers and/or devices
Tool is easily used on multiple or all available browsers, mobile devices, and computers
Age Appropriate
Tool is not appropriate for the target age group, either too simplified or too complex
Tool may need to be adapted to fit the target age group
Tool is appropriate for the target age group
Monitoring Capability
Teacher has no means to monitor and remove inappropriate content or comment
Teacher may not be able to monitor, or
may not be able to remove inappropriate content
Teacher is easily able to monitor user interaction for appropriateness

Showbie is a great paperless option for students in grades K through high school. This app may not motivate the younger crowd unless you put in a little effort by adding incentives for turning in their work! Also, I only gave Showbie 2pts for differentiation because with the free version you are limited, such as, only being able to record 1 minute videos, but with the pro version you have unlimited options for differentiation. In all other areas Showbie really is a great app and website for going paperless. Another way Showbie can be used is to customize instruction for all students, by uploading instructions, videos and worksheets right into different folders for all students to work independently, easily and efficiently without having to interrupt the teacher who is instructing other students. Showbie allows students to not only to obtain information but they are also able to send documentation of their work to their teacher. I think my favorite part is being able to check in and communicate with students even when I am not at school. Students and teachers can easily communicate through voice notes and comments within the Showbie app. By far Showbie is one of my favorite communication tools to use with students.

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