Interactive Whiteboard Meets the iPad

| June 28, 2011 | 7 Comments
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Although they remain one of the most sought-after pieces of technology in many school districts, interactive whiteboards have a fair number of critics who point to their expense and lack of portability.

Students and teachers want access to computer devices 24-7 — whether they’re at school or at home. That means there’s a demand for more mobile technology, not immobile whiteboards.

At the same time as many educators are rethinking the hardware involved with instruction, some are rethinking other ways in technology can change the classroom. Some are experimenting with the “flipped classroom” — the idea, made quite famous lately thanks to Khan Academy, that videotaped instruction can be assigned as homework, while in-class time can be used for more personalized remediation, for collaboration among teachers and students, and for the types of exercises that have typically been seen as homework.

A new app taps into both of these phenomena: bringing an interactive whiteboard-like experience to the iPad and to the Web and making it easy for iPad owners to create their own instructional videos.

ShowMe is a free app that lets users record a tutorial with a voice-over that can then be shared as a video online or embedded into other websites. With the app, you can write directly onto the screen as you record your voice. You can also import various images to help illustrate your lesson.

The app is easy to use, thanks in no small part to the beta process that included teachers’ and students’ input. One of those things was to simply make the process of creating videos to use in a “flipped classroom” easier. In this case, there is minimal equipment needed — just an iPad.

But the app also makes it possible to democratize that process too. It isn’t simply one teacher’s videotaped efforts here — ShowMe allows teachers and students like to build and share videos. And ShowMe founder San Kim says that he hopes to be able to build a Vimeo-like community around the video content, where users can comment, review and discover quality instructional content.

Kim told me he wants to enable anyone to build their own portfolio of educational content – to build hundreds of Khan Academies. That’s a goal that puts teacher- and student-generated content at the center of education, one enabled by a simple, but smoothly functioning app — all on a portable device.

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  • Chriscozi

    This seems great until you find out that the ‘tutorials’ can ONLY be saved to the ‘ShowMe’ site.
    Not OK. You are creating THEIR content.
    And if you read their privacyolicy there are NO safeguards that they won’t solicit you.
    Guess that’s why its free?

  • Electrokite

    Khan academy has tons of ERRORS. Just because it has quantity doesn’t mean its quality. Leave the teaching to the professionals. That’s what they get paid for.

  • http://www.integral-networks.co.uk/ Paul Taylor

    I find that interactive whiteboards are useful in the classroom and the business environment. They are a good way of engaging the audience and keeping them interested, which means that presenting information is so much more effective.

  • http://www.DavideDiCillo.com Davide Di Cillo

    I’d like to suggest also http://mysyncpad.com, an iPad application that lets share drawings, images and pdfs in real-time. Several schools are already using it in their classes.

  • http://twitter.com/onboardlearning Lisa Dubernard

    Here’s another blog that you might like about the iPad and interactive whiteboard.  Comments are great! http://bit.ly/qr41Bx

  • http://twitter.com/Belethia_ Juan L. Herrera

    Here is another app recommendation! Board Cam is not only a video and audio recording whiteboard app… it’s a document camera app also . With Board Cam you can user pointers, labels, or draw over the iPad 2 live video camera image, over a image stored in your device or use it as a whiteboard. All in one app! And everything can be recorded and later shared wherever you want.

    Please, visit http://boardcamapp.com for more information or the app’s page on the App Store: 

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/board-cam-live-exhibitions/id434217477?l=es&ls=1&mt=8

  • MrSchloeffel

    In my personal opinion, I think AniMoby tops all these other interactive whiteboard apps. Easy to use, has a huge library of clipart that helps me make lessons, site works well, no bugs. I only flip classes now, and I don’t use any other app at the moment