The education landscape has essentially changed overnight due to COVID-19, and so has what we’ve been working on here at Showbie. Just as teachers have been working hard to move their lessons online, we’ve been working hard to quickly deliver some Distance Learning features for our users to help them through these unknown times.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

We’re coming at you with another feature release — an Improved Video Uploader on iOS! We know there are a lot more video uploads occurring in order to get lessons and personal messages out to your classes. We wanted to improve this process for you. You and your students are now able to trim your videos and choose the quality before uploading. Smaller videos sizes means faster upload times for getting videos onto Showbie, and faster download times for viewing! We’ve done our best to have the app suggest a video quality that will give you optimal speeds and video quality.

Available on iOS only. Update your app in the app store and upload a video anywhere in Showbie!

We are also very excited to announce that video chat will be coming soon to Showbie though a partnership with Whereby. To read more about this upcoming release, check out this post!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

We’ve got our next distance learning feature released—Pinned Posts in Class Discussion! Teachers now have the ability to pin any post in the Class Discussion so that it remains on top for everyone in the class to see! Important announcements, instructions, or FAQs will no longer be buried under student comments and questions in the class discussion! We know its not the same as standing in front of the classroom and telling them this important information, but we hope this helps! This feature is available on web and iOS (be sure to update your iPad app though!).

To learn more about pinning posts to class discussion, you can check out this article.

In addition to this new feature, we have also released an improvement to the way that you watch videos in the Web App. You can now watch videos on the Web App from within the Showbie browser. No need to download the file in order to watch the video. Please note that only certain file types, on certain browsers support this feature on the Web App.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

We’re very excited to announce our first Distance Learning feature launch — Clear Class Discussion! No more deleting comments one-by-one or having students get distracted with old conversations. We hope this helps you have many more fruitful discussions with your students. If you want to check out how this feature works, you can find out more from this article.

Check back here for many more new distance learning features coming in the near future! Good wishes from everyone here at Showbie and we hope you and your students are staying safe!

Product Manager

I spend my days at Showbie talking to our amazing users, figuring out what their needs are, and then working with the development team to turn those needs into features!

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