Showbeyond is a multimedia slidecast creator and a way of sharing stories with others. ShowBeyond was started by two friends who wanted to provide a way for people to create and share stories. With Showbeyond, it is easy to grab images, and then add sound and text to create multimedia stories. Then you can share your stories with friends or post to blogs and social networking sites.
The program was very easy to use. First a user has to create an account. Once an account has been created the user can upload up to twenty four images to use to create a slidecast. Text can be added to the images to tell the story and then a soundtrack can be added. For my Showbeyond I used pictures I took in January, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. I went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to work at Tulane University. While in New Orleans I had the opportunity to tour the many neighborhoods which were devastated by Katrina. I will never forget how it felt standing there. It was actually quite surreal. ShowBeyond was such a great way for me to showcase these photos and tell my story about coming to New Orleans after Katrina. I added a soundtrack to my Showbeyond, which was Aaron Neville signing Louisiana 1927, an awesome song that goes along with the photos so well. Click below to view my Showbeyond, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, January 2006:
Showbeyond can also be used to do podcasting with slides, use of photos from online photo sharing sites, change the duration of each slide, and share stories either publicly or privately. This is a great, flexible software package that is very easy to learn and use. The implications for learning and teaching are immense. There are many examples of how teachers, especially in the lower grades are using this as a way for students to write stories or give information about places, historical events, etc. I think it would fun for the students to see their work online and be able to invite their family and friends to view it as well. The only drawback I could see is that each Showbeyond is limited to twenty four images. For longer presentations you could use more than one Showbeyond and have part 1, part 2, etc. I can see using it for teaching in the same manner I would use a PowerPoint. This would especially be a good tool for an online class.