Showbie I am trialling Showbie with my year 8s and their iPads because I was asked to. OwnCloud has been a bit glitchy and for that reason , frustrating to use. Students love OwnCloud and I could have loved it too if it didn’t keep dematerialising the assignments as it was syncing over wifi. OwnCloud is local server storage and local MacBook storage. That has some real advantages but not when work vanishes right before your eyes and the first time it happened was when I was with the IT people so until we sort that out I was looking for an alternative. These year 8s want what they want when they want it. They want cloud storage. They want to be  able to upload any file format they want. They want it to be easy. With Showbie you create a class folder and then give students the code. Ha! Then you give students the code and then you give students the code. You never stop giving students the code.No matter what you tell them they never can find or notice the code. I need a Showbie code show app! Or a soundbite autoloop of the code. I am sure we’ll get past that. In OwnCloud you set up the class and invite students to join and submit work. In Showbie they make the class and use the code to add themselves. Sometimes they add themselves twice because they feel like it and then find it fun when you ask which log on they wish to be. Year 8s just like playing with technology and what it can do. I have blocked the double entries so they cannot do it again. Apart from that Showbie has worked easily for me and them. What I really like is the amount of support around the app and the number of educational ideas the site itself has. There is a commitment to getting you going as a teacher and there is a commitment to sustaining you as a teacher. The blog is really great. Showbie has to have an internet connection but it’s an anywhere anytime app or site. OwnCloud is not available away from school. That part frustrates students because they like to be using their gadgets when they want to use them. Millennials have not got the same sense of work/life separation. To them it is all life and they want to choose when they will do things. It is important to acknowledge that if we are to teach them according to their needs.


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