Thursday, January 31, 2013

Show Me You Know Math!

For those of you familiar with Sal Khan over at Khan Academy, you know the power of "screencasting."  Screencasting is basically video footage that includes what you are doing "on the board" with your voice.

I'm "clear as mud" here, so I suggest you take a look at Sal's work at Khan Academy to really get a feel for the power of screencasting.

I use Khan Academy for so much in my classroom:  flipping, concept reinforcement, reteaching, preteaching and enrichment.

With Show Me, a free app, I can harness the power of screencasting and create my own screencasts...simply...easily.  Better yet, my fourth graders can also create their own screencasts.

The Show Me app, available at the App Store, is easy to use, with a minimal amount of bells and whistles.  This makes it easy for the teacher and student alike to create screencasts.

As a teacher, I can create accounts for each of my students to post screencasts.

I'm loving Show Me as a way to have my students share their understanding of math with me.  I send each kiddo out to a quiet space to record their understanding of a math problem while I'm teaching in small group.  I can sit down later in the day and watch/listen to each child's Show Me and evaluate the child's understanding of the concept.

I can also sit down with the student later and have him/her evaluate the work on the screen.  It's amazing what my students catch when they sit down and listen to their own thinking!

Click on the image to view the Show Me on lattice multiplication.

The kids love it...I love it...and parents enjoy seeing their child's work emailed to them versus looking over a report.  

Communication and understanding have never been more interactive...or engaging!

I'd love to hear how you are using Show Me!  



  1. Thanks for sharing about your data meetings on my blog. They sound a little smoother than ours...I think Khan Academy is great. I used it for multiplying and dividing decimals. I have never used the Show Me app. I will have to look into that one.

    Eclectic Educating

  2. You've gotta try Show Me with your students! It's a great way to evaluate!