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Now that the new generation of students has an easy access to Internet at home, new ways of teaching are possible. Tutorial videos are a new reality in learning. Children go on Youtube all the time to learn a bunch of things with tutorial videos that are often not related to school. It is now the time for schools to adapt to this new reality and the iPad app Show Me is the perfect tool to give the students access to tutorial lessons at home.

I first learn about his app from this blog article from freetech4teachers.com and I thought it was a great way to provide extra lessons for students while they are at home. Show Me’s design is similar to the Notebook software made for interactive white boards. This app provides writing and drawing tools and allows you to integrate pictures in your work. The main feature of Show Me, which is my favorite, is that teachers can record their voice while recording in real time their visual instructions. Here’s an example of a tutorial made using Show Me. It shows a simple introduction to prepositions for young ESL learners. I found this link on the official Show Me website, where lessons for all school subjects are available. Teachers who wanted to share their lessons with the rest of the world have made this possible. It is simple to share a presentation. A teacher only has to create an account of Show Me’s website and upload their videos online. After that, a Show Me presentation is available on any electronic device connected to Internet.

Students don’t have to own an iPad to have access to the tutorials. However, if they have access to one, having them create their own presentation can make fun activities. This wordpress article tells how easy it is to have the students work with this app and gives examples of activities. I think it is a good idea to make them produce their own tutorial videos because they have to reinvest their knowledge in order to create a coherent presentation.

I learned from this blog article that another app is similar to Show Me and it’s called Replay Note. However, this app sells for 4.99$ while Show Me is totally free. That’s why I think Show Me is a no brainer. It is easy to use and is highly pedagogical.

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