iPad App: ShowMe (Interactive Whiteboard)

This is a personal interactive whiteboard ideal for any teacher!

ShowMe allows the teacher to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online. It’s extremely easy to use.

As soon as you open the app you can begin recording, there is no need to navigate complicated menus.

Images can be dropped from the photo library to write over or around.

It's easy to switch between drawing and erasing (as well as pausing and playing.)

You can make your tutorials as long or as short as you like, and record as many tutorials as you want.

Once you’re finished recording, you can upload your tutorial to share with the community or keep it private.

* Easily explain a range of music theory topics.
* Add tutorials to blogs and websites
* Email tutorials to students

* Use during private and group lessons

- Voice-record
- Multiple brush colors
- Pause and erase
- Import images
- Unlimited lesson length
- Easy embedding for sharing anywhere


Exercise Book Alternative

Over the last 15 years of teaching piano, I have been writing down assignments on students' notebooks. Last week I decided to change this habit and use email instead.
I have been emailing assignments to students from my iPad and it saves a lot of lesson time.

I use two iPad apps during lessons for this purpose:

1. Teacher Pal (I could write a whole post just on this app)

2. Email

I created 6 classrooms on TeacherPal. One for each day of the week I teach.

Next, I created an account for each student in each classroom. I took a photo of each student.

I then, individualized each students' account. This took ages to do but once it's all set up, only minor changes are needed week to week.

At the end of the lesson, I send a copy of my comments, suggestions and assignments to the student.

The great thing about email is that I can attach audio files to student emails. Last night, I video recorded a section of music (with iPad) that the student was playing incorrectly and attached it to his email. General knowledge information such as composer biographies can be copied and pasted straight from the internet.
This is something I would not be able to do in an exercise book!