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ShowMe: a Novice Opinion

One of my favorite things is trying new technologies to see what works well and what doesn't. I try to find tools that are easy to use, easy to understand, and serve the purpose I need the tech tool for.

That being said, my daughter can usually be found either bugging her brother in his room or dancing to music on her iPod in her room. Last week I asked why she doesn't ever watch her own TV, and she said because she doesn't know how to work the satellite remote controller. Oh! Well.... yes.... I guess that could be a problem...

Knowing that I could show her once and she would ask again the next week, I knew I needed something she could review as needed until she felt confident to work the remote independently- and preferably a way that would not require my presence each time. So, we decided to try making a tutorial using ShowMe. First we took a picture of the remote control. Next, we recorded the steps she would follow while circling the buttons she would need to push using different colors on the picture of the remote control. Once we were done, she was able to watch it several times on her own and also has access to it via her iPod.

All in all, a win/win for everyone. She gets to learn how to use her remote control independently with a back-up plan in case she forgets; and I don't have to be summonsed her room each and every time she decides to watch TV. I will definitely be looking for ways to integrate ShowMe into the classroom!

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