I’ve found a new tool for the classroom if you want to move to a paperless environment – Showbie.
I’ve been extolling the use of Dropbox for professors and students alike as a way to help classrooms go paperless. Dropbox is a great way to have access to your documents in the cloud. But, what about as a way to have your students get assignments, leave them for you and then access them after you’ve graded them?
Showbie, solves the assignment workload problem for me. I can create a class on their site or in the iOS app, share a code to my students, create an assignment with a due date, students can put their assignments in their own personal folders in each assignment, I can access their work and grade it, return it to their folder and they can view my annotations and grading, all of this for free.
I utilize iTunesU Course Manager for my Mobile Learning courses extensively. But the one drawback for me has been how to get student assignments without them emailing or submitting them on a flash drive, etc.
Showbie solves my problem in an efficient safe manner. According to them, the site and each individual student folder is protected, allowing me to grade and return easily my student’s work. I can even leave a voice note about the assignment.
The app will even notify me how many assignments have been submitted by my students for each assignment.
I’m using using it extensively in my photo classes. Student can submit a photo, I can import it to iAnnotate, write or type comments and even draw on the images. Then it’s a simple export back to Showbie and into the student’s individual folder. It provides a huge potential for giving quality feedback in a simple easy to use format.
School accounts are currently free and offer unlimited ‘assignments’ and uploads.
The app is simple to navigate.
Files can be reached via the app, any web browser or from a Mac or PC.
Files from apps such as iAnnotate or Pages can be shared straight into the app.
Teachers can provide feedback on assignments in several different ways.
Professors can add courses and students by providing students a class code.
Voice notes allow for professors and students to comment on assignments
Video tutorials are available on the website showing.
Professor can upload files for the whole class to view on their devices.
No simple way to create accounts for all of your students
Feedback is based on the whole ‘assignment’ You can only comment on the assignment, not just a voice note or image.
Quite honestly, this site and app has been a big solution for both my student and I. I feel like I’ve got a completely integrated way for my students to submit their assignments and me to grade their work and give feedback while maintaining confidentiality for the student. I strongly recommend this for educators.