While you’re likely already familiar with well-known Showbie features like the pen tool, voice notes and portfolio, Showbie has some smaller tools that can be easy to overlook.

To help improve your experience using Showbie, here are three ‘hidden’ features that we think you’ll enjoy discovering (if you haven’t already yet):

1. Quick Swipe to Archive or Copy

Showbie has a handy function that allows you to simply swipe from right to left on an assignment to decide whether you want to archive it to be used later (by tapping the red icon), or instantly copy it to another class (by tapping the grey icon).

Copy or Archive Assignment

Similarly, if you swipe right on classes, you get the option to instantly archive it by tapping the red icon once its revealed.

Archive Classrooms

 

2. Block Students From Your Classroom

Did a student accidentally join your class twice? Perhaps a student you didn’t want to join your class has joined — whatever the reason is, you can find out how easy it is to block students from accessing your class by checking out our block/unblock support article or viewing the video below.

You can also prevent unwanted students from joining your class by changing your classroom code.

 

3. Track Student Updates with Icons and Indicators

Recently, Showbie Champion and music teacher Chris Russell blogged about some hidden features in Showbie that allow teachers to easily track student updates on assignments.

For example, you can find out how much a student has been working on an assignment (and when) by clicking the pencil icon. Chris explains why this is useful:

“First, you can click on the ‘pencil’ on a task in an assignment to see the history of that task…when it was added, and when it was edited by the student or by you. Ever have a student that said they were working on something and really didn’t? You have a record that you can use to verify a student’s statements, which can then be shown to parents.”

Student Editing History

Chris also highlights the blue and red revision indicators that show up beside student names when they’ve made changes, helping you see when you should review and provide feedback on corrections.

Student corrections

“The problem I had in the past was that there was no easy way to see if a student had revised an assignment so that I knew that I had to correct it again. It turns out that there is. Blue and red bars appear even after something is corrected,” Chris explains.

Curious about what all of Showbie’s notifications and indicators mean? Check out our support guide for symbols.

As Showbie’s community journalist, Katie is eager to explore the latest information in education and classroom technology. When she isn’t scribing her next story for Showbie, she's researching the next big thing in schools around the world. Email tips and ideas to katie@showbie.com

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