With 1.2 Million iPad Users, Showbie Launches iPhone and Web App

Edmonton’s Showbie has announced a new version of its classroom workflow app, extending its use beyond iPads to include iPhones and access from any web browser.

According to a press release, Showbie is used by more than 1.2 million teachers and students worldwide.

Showbie is backed by Point Nine Capital, Kymbask Investments, Yaletown Venture Partners and Imagine K12. According to a recent report by TechCrunch, the Alberta-based startup that was founded in 2012 has raised a $2.3 million in a seed-stage round.

Showbie organizes the paperless classroom by making it easy for teachers to assign, collect and review student work on their mobile devices. Now offering more flexibility for on-the-go teachers and students, Showbie provides a workflow solution for schools deploying a 1:1 device rollout.

With more platform options, Showbie makes it easy for teachers and students to streamline their relationship and improve how they communicate. Students can turn in their homework assignments as easily as taking a “selfie”− they snap and submit.

Unlike other general classroom apps, Showbie allows teachers and students to annotate directly on photos and PDFs – no switching between apps – making completing assignments and grading fast, effective and personalized.

“All too often, apps and technology promise a richer learning experience, but end up burdening the teacher facilitating it,” said Showbie cofounder Colin Bramm. “We designed Showbie to be simple to use and make classrooms more efficient. Now we can offer more flexibility and additional platforms for teachers to provide quick, engaging and, authentic feedback to their students.”