Thursday, July 11, 2013

Organizing Students' Electronic Assignment Submissions on the iPad

I hope you are having a good Thursday.  I went back to work today.  I enjoyed having a couple weeks off.  Next week I will be off for 3 days again because I am off to the Vegas Teacher Blogger meet-up.  I am super excited to meet lots of teacher bloggers!

Kristin at ITeach1:1 is having a "Tune Into Technology" linky that focuses on iPads.

I work at a school that uses technology constantly.  Our middle school and high school students all use Macbooks.  This past year I taught a grades 4/5 class.  We used Macbooks in our classroom as well.  This upcoming school year we are adding a grades 2/3 class.  The 2nd and 3rd grade class is going to use iPads, so I have spent some time researching apps.  I am excited for this linky to get some more ideas.

We also have been toying with the idea of whether or not the 4th/5th grade class should remain using laptops or should also use iPads.  I have my students submit a lot of their assignments electronically, so that was my biggest concern about using iPads.  I wanted to know my students could still submit their assignments to me without having to email everything.  I do not want to have sort through a million emails.  I like their assignments to be submitted all in the same place in an organized and systematic way.

This year I used Edmodo some at the end of the year.  Edmodo is a great app because of its versatility.  The students can use it as a planner, they can store files, they can submit assignments, and you can also use it post comments to the class. We primarily used it for the planner. 

In my research for an app that allows students to submit assignments electronically, I discovered a new app called Showbie.

With Showbie, you can add classes and students.  Within the classes, you create assignments.  The students submit their assignments to Showbie from their iPad and everyone's submissions are organized by class and assignment.  You can get the app for free, so it really seems like a great way to create a paperless classroom when you have access to iPads.   I like the idea that students could take screen shots of assignments and submit those or even take a picture of an assignment done on paper and just submit the picture. I look forward to trying out Showbie this year and moving a little closer toward a paperless classroom. I think you could also use Evernote somehow to organize student assignment submissions, but I haven't figured out how yet. How do you organize electronic student assignment submissions?


  1. I used Socrative last year for during discussion quick quizzes and exit tickets. Loved it, and the kids did, too!

    Inside this Book

  2. I am definitely going to add Showbie. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. April, I have officially blog STALKED you. I have learned so much on your blog! LOVE!

  3. I'm also looking into new ways for students to turn in work to me. My district uses eChalk, but I'm looking for something that's a little more user-friendly for the kids. Edmodo seems like it would be perfect for 1:1 and I will now have to check out Showbie. Thanks for linking up your great ideas and I hope you have fun in Vegas!

    iTeach 1:1

  4. I haven't heard about Showbie! Thanks for posting and I look forward to checking it out :)
    The Techie Teacher

  5. Hi April,
    I use Evernote to track student progress but would also be interested if you figure out how to get student's to submit assignments there...I might have to play around with that too! Showbie sounds like a great tool too.
    Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Learning to the Core

  6. I used Edmodo once with a project submission, but I will definitely check Showbie out!

    The TechKnowledgey Teacher
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