Yousician vs. Fender Play
In our EDTC300 class we were tasked with finding a new tool/ app to document our learning project. I chose the “Show Me” screen casting app. I used the app to compare two apps that I’ve been using in my guitar journey so far, Yousician and Fender Play. Both apps are geared at learning guitar, and in Yousicians case several other musical instruments. Both have been helpful in my journey so far, but since there paid for apps, I thought a review comparing the two might be helpful, in order to help you save some $$$$. Click the link below to check out my review on the two apps.
Show Me Review
“Show Me” describes itself as an “interactive whiteboard”, in which teachers can create lessons for students and post them online using an iPad. A good idea, that I can see myself finding useful in the future, unfortunately the apps interface was not up to par.
Though I did not find the app to be user friendly there were still some things I did like about it, including:
- the ability to record voice memo’s
- the app deign is easy to navigate
- the ability to add photos to a presentation
- the ability to watch and make lessons from anywhere
- videos can be organized into multiple subject categories and sub categories
- there’s a limited free version
The following video is a short screencast I made of a how-to lesson explaining the features of “Show Me”.
Now for the disadvantages of “Show Me”. Though the app was easy to navigate, its missing some key features that would make it a lot more useful. The app does not have the ability to add graphs, charts, or shapes too it, a key feature in creating math or science lessons. The apps “draw” feature is also flawed. It is constantly misinterpreting demands and turning on at inconvenient times. Its quite glitchy as well, an Apple Pen is a MUST for anyone who plans on using this app to create even semi-neat lessons (hint: the neat diagrams and lesson seen on the app stores page probably aren’t going to happen!) . Below is a list of a few more things I dint like about the app.
- it is only for iPad
- you have very limited amounts of presentation time before having to buy the app (1 hour)
- Even with premium you are limited to a certain number of presentation hours.
- the premium version is $12.49 a month.
- You can not upload presentations to YouTube or download them to your own device (hence only the link to my Show Me presentation above).
- The voice memo recorder is hard to use as its tricky to delete and restart without losing progress on the presentation if you make a mistake or background noise interrupts (I lost progress and had to restart several times because of this).
- From comments on the App Store it appears many people are having problem with the app crashing.
Overall, the apps main idea of an interactive whiteboard is a good idea. The ability for students to watch and re-watch lessons is great, but the apps hard to use functions and limited presentation hours make it a no for me. My final feelings on Show Me can be summed up by the picture below. Its ok, but there are better alternative screen casting tools.
Here are some similar apps to Show Me, that could be more helpful to you: