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The Doceri Classroom: The 21st Century Learning Hub

The 21st Century Educational Technology VisionInteractive Learning

The vision of 21st Century learning laid out in a 2011 Edutopia article, Technology Integration: A Short History by Suzie Boss has become a reality.  Schools and Districts are pushing a wider scope of learning objectives such as the Four C’s: Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking (outlined in the NEA’s Guide to the Four C’s.) There is no end to the number of articles and studies that support the integration of technology in classrooms. The Common Core State Standards even require the use and direction instruction of technology within lesson activities. The question is no longer if technology should be integrated in the classroom but HOW and what tools will be effective?

The Doceri ClassroomDoceri CLR Portal

Enter The Doceri Classroom. Have you ever noticed the little projector icon that is greyed out when you hold your iPad in the vertical position? Well, this is the portal to the Doceri Classroom. You may say, “Oh yeah, Doceri! The iPad Screencasting app.” or “Isn’t that the desktop control/ screen capture software?” and you would be correct. However, the tablet app and Doceri Desktop are just 2 out of the 3 pieces that make up the Doceri Classroom. Doceri is a classroom and instructional content and media control system. In other words, the Doceri Classroom allows a teacher to control all aspects of their presentations from software to hardware within their class from a tablet computer.

The Hardware 

Pixie Pro Wall Panel

Pixie Pro Wall Panel

With some additional parts you now have access to all of your AV resources anytime…anywhere.  The hardware: Ceiling mounted projector, ceiling mounted speakers, DVD players and Medial players like AppleTV without ever looking for a that hidden remote controller.  The Doceri Classroom replaces all those remotes with a wall mounted button panel, but also gives you all of that control through your iPad. Now you can control the volume, switch inputs on your projector from media devices like AppleTV to DVD to PC and back again all from the tap of a finger on the Doceri tablet app.

The Learning Hub

The Doceri Classroom allows for the instructor to operate the projector and all AV resourced without ever leaving Doceri. 

  • No more battery operated Remote Controls in the room to get lost or stolen.
  • IP based access to projectors throughout district to ensure projector lamps are off.
  • Email notifications for expected lamp expiration.
  • Email notifications for unscheduled disconnects and projector removal.
  • Email notifications for Tech Help.
  • Remote access and control from a central admin location.
  • Contact security for emergency situations.

    Networked Room Controller (NRC)

    Networked Room Controller (NRC)

The Freedom to Teach

Discussions can flow freely. Discussions can be recorded at will. Collaboration occurs naturally with the teacher facilitating where needed. Communication skills are developed by reviewing recorded discussions or augmented with a microphone wirelessly connected to the speakers. Student presentation styles are limitless; song, video, theatre. Critical thinking is fostered by students discussing presentations of their own screencasts to show mastery of content. Having this much control of the teaching environment gives the 21st Century teacher a hub that allows the information and idea exchange to flow freely. The Doceri Classroom gives teachers and students the ability to create and control their own content. The Doceri Classroom gives teachers the Freedom to Teach!

Welcome Back! Going Forward In The 2015-2016 School Year.

It’s back to school time and at SP Controls we are excited! This year’s going to be a bit different on The Freedom to Teach Blog. Usually, we highlight amazing things being created with Doceri from all over the world. We will continue to post Doceri instructional innovation. However, during the 2015-2016 school year we will be focused on the stories of a select few of our fantastic Doceri Teachers and Doceri Districts all year long! Here’s a quick look at who we have in store for you:

KLaabsKim Laabs – Novato, CA – San Marin High School – Math Teacher. Is going to be piloting The Doceri Classroom with the full regalia. The 1st and only full Doceri Classroom has recently been installed in Kim’s classroom we will be chronicling her experience as the first Doceri Classroom Teacher.

“I began using Doceri in 2013 to make screencasts in order to flip instruction in my math class.  Additionally, I  have made screencasts to respond to emailed questions from former students who have gone on to college.”

OTeAARV0Kenny Bosch – Muskego,WI – Muskego High School, Social Studies Teacher- Grade 9 World History and Grade 11 American Issues/ Graduate Course Instructor – Midwest Teacher’s Institute and Calumet College of St. Joseph, IN “:

“Doceri always has an initial “wow” response followed by, “I want that!” when I show Doceri to staff. My students love how they are able to contribute to a class discussion or answer a question on the screen without having to leave their desk.” 

Ben_copterBen Cogswell – Salinas, CA- Alisal Union School District –  TOSA Technology Coach

“Doceri brings freedom to the classroom: I am not tied to down to a computer or whiteboard. My teaching becomes a rewindable and reviewable lesson that can travel with the students to home and back again.” 



Manor_Logo_1Manor_Doceri_certManor ISD – Manor, TX – Manor Independent School District – Instructional Technology Team

“With iPads being part of every teacher’s issued technology we looked for solutions to integrate whiteboards and mobile presenting through the iPad. Doceri was just the comprehensive and affordable solution.”




Doceri Aids Teachers In Flipping Their Classrooms

5 Free (or Low-Cost) Tools for Flipped Learning
From screencasting to interactive presentations, here are some resources to get a flipped class off
the ground.

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This is a portion of an article written By Dennis Pierce and posted on 05/06/15 for Campus Technology.


Flipping the classroom typically requires the use of certain technology tools, whether for
recording lecture content or for orchestrating classroom discussion.
Jon Bergmann, a pioneer of the flipped classroom and co-creator of FlippedClass.com,
categorizes these tools into four different groups: video creation tools, like screencasting
software; video hosting tools; interactive tools that help professors check for understanding and
foster discussion among students; and learning management systems for tying all of this together.
Some products and services perform more than one of these functions — and a few do all four.
FlippedClass.com includes a section with reviews of various flipped learning tools.
CT talked with a number of flipped learning experts, and here are some of their top
recommendations for free or low-cost tools to get you started.

Doceri is a versatile app that lets you create, share, annotate and control presentations, and you can also record and share screencasts. The iPad version is free, and a Windows 8.1 version costs $4.99. Trying to record voice narration while also recording or annotating a presentation can be challenging, and Doceri simplifies this process with a timeline-based editor that lets you capture a presentation first, then go back and add voice narration where appropriate. You can also pause a recording as many times as you need.

Doceri also gives you many options for uploading or sharing screencasts. You can share a
screencast directly to YouTube or Facebook; send it privately as an e-mail attachment; save it to
your camera roll; transfer it to your computer via iTunes; upload it to a learning management
system or Google Drive; incorporate it into iBooks Author; or import it into iMovie, Adobe
Premiere or other video editing software. With a $30 desktop version of Doceri, you can connect an iPad to your computer, and the software mirrors your computer on the iPad.

“I use Doceri to mirror my iPad screen to the computer screen, and then I use a program called
Camtasia to capture the video,” said Robert Talbert, a professor of mathematics at Grand Valley
State University in Michigan. “A colleague of mine is using just the Doceri app on the iPad to
create screencasts, and that costs nothing.”

To set started with Doceri go to The Doceri Training Course. The course costs $30 which includes a license key for Doceri Desktop. If you already have a license key you can take the course for free!!

The Doceri Classroom

Doceri Classroom

You think you know Doceri? Did you know that Doceri is a 3 part system? You probably know about the iPad screencasting app with the brilliant timeline and smooth drawing tools. Doceri Desktop, the desktop control system that allows a user to control their PC with the iPad app is also familiar to you. However, there is a third part of the Doceri interactive teaching system. The third part consists of an audio visual control system that includes the Networked Room Controller (NRC), a wall mounted control panel called the PixiePro, AmpLinc amplifiers that connect to ceiling mounted speakers, and the Doceri iPad App.

Welcome to the Doceri Classroom! The main point of the Doceri Classroom is CONTROL. All  teachers desire control in their classrooms especially control over their media. Control over media gives the teacher a fighting chance to create that lesson FLOW. What kills a flow?  Manually switching from DVD to computer and back again, walking over to turn the lights on or off, messing with subpar computer speakers, etc. In the Doceri classroom the PC, the projector, the built in high quality speakers, the peripheral media players, and even the room lights can all be controlled from anywhere in the room using the Doceri iPad app.

We will detail all the benefits and the nuts and bolts of the Doceri Classroom in later posts. We are highlighting our full system now because our first Doceri Classroom user is having her classroom outfitted with the control equipment as we speak in order to be ready for next school year. Math Teacher Kim Laabs has been featured on our Facebook page and YouTube Channel many times. She produces extremely well organized high school level math screencasts and has folded Doceri Desktop into her daily pedagogy at San Marin High School in Novato, CA.

Next year she will have a whole new level of control in her room. That lesson FLOW will be literally at her fingertips with the full suite of apps and hardware installed in her classroom by SP Controls.

The real treat for all of us is that Kim will be keeping us regularly updated on our blog throughout next school year! Kim’s experience with the Doceri Classroom will be broadcast for all of our Doceri users right here on the Freedom to Teach Blog. You’ll get to know Kim a bit better on the next Teacher Feature. Summer is time to be savored but fall promises to be exciting and innovative in quest of the FLOW! Stay tuned…



Teacher Feature: Quinn Swartwout

QuinnName: Quinn Swartwout

School: Warren Street Elementary

District: Greater Johnstown School District

State: New York

Job Title: 6th Grade Math and Science Teacher 

Part 1 of 2

How does Doceri enhance your curriculum?

Doceri is instrumental to my daily math and science pedagogy. Two years ago I installed Doceri and have never looked back! The ipad app is my, “go to” app and is used as an interactive whiteboard for my math module lessons. I have created colorful and standard-focused Doceri presentations on every math module lesson I teach. I also use Doceri Desktop to pause and interact with BrainPop videos, to demo math skills while using IXL, and to pull up pictures and websites that add to my science instruction. All while moving about my room and not being chained to my projector cart or the board.

What has been the reaction of your students, other staff, and, parents to your use of Doceri? My 6th grade students have enjoyed using Doceri’s whiteboard app alongside with me. Several of them have downloaded the app to their devices and choose this method for their own science presentations. I have trained some teachers and plan on training more, but the ones that are now using it love it’s simplicity. Yet, they are amazed at how much it can change your teaching.

What was your experience getting students started on creating their own screencasts? Piece of cake! My 6th grade students love using Doceri! They have basic technology capabilities, so creating on the iPad app is easy for them.It’s so much fun for them to learn new tricks, like adding pictures and using the lasso tool to copy and paste all or part of the strokes on a slide. Some even go so far as to add voice to their slides to create screencasts! We do a lot of redo’s and cuts with a lot of giggling. Kids + Doceri = FUN!

Teacher Feature: Part 3 of 3 – Timothy Wayne Boudreau

This is the final installment of Canadian Middle School Math teacher, Tim Boudreau.Tim Boudreau

How has Doceri changed how you interact with your students during lectures/ presentations/ small group instruction?

I tend not to give too many lectures in the classroom, but when I do, I often do the live screencast format. Knowing that everything is being recorded actually reduces the amount of student distractions, and classroom discussion tends to be much more on-topic.

Have you flipped your classroom?

Yes, and no.  I still introduce some concepts in the classroom, but even those lectures often are live screencasts which are then uploaded to Edmodo.  I can’t rely 100% on flipped videos for instruction simply because I don’t believe it is the most equitable way to teach; many students simply do not have access to tech and internet at home.  The flipped classroom model also expects a great deal of responsibility from students, and Grade 8 students are not all ready for that level of responsibility, in my opinion. I choose to introduce the concept of the flipped classroom, introduce them to the idea of seeking out information online and choosing where and when to view that content, but I do not rely on it exclusively for the above stated reasons.

Do you have any advice for teachers new to using Doceri, creating screencasts, or integrating tech into their class routines?

Try not to focus on all the different things that people use Doceri for and focus on just one specific task you want to use it for.  Do you want to start making videos to flip your class?  Do you want to use it to live screencast lessons for later review?  Do you just want to use it on the LCD projector to make your lessons more interesting?  Do you want to introduce it to your students as an additional presentation tool for projects?  Pick one task you think will work well in your classroom and focus on integrating it into your program.  Once you are confident you’ve mastered that use for Doceri, try introducing a different application to your program.  I find that teachers who try to do too much with technology feel overwhelmed and are much more likely to give up when things go wrong.

Expectations for integration of Doceri

Things will go wrong whenever you try to introduce something new, try not to get discouraged and consider changing how you are using Doceri if necessary.  If students seem confused, for example, spend a bit more time letting them play and experiment with the app before having to use it for projects.

Don’t expect your own screencast projects to be high quality, especially at first.  I poke fun at myself constantly when sharing my videos with students; I find it helps them relax and not take their own Doceri work too seriously.  Using Doceri is really fun! So  just enjoy playing with it.

More Pre Algebra Doceri Screencasts by Tim



Teacher Feature: Part 2 of 3 – Timothy Wayne Bourdreau

This is part 2 of 3 of the Teacher Feature on Tim Boudreau in Feb 2015.

Tim Boudreau

What have been the reactions of your students, other staff, admin, parents to Your use of Doceri?

Student Reactions

This is only my second year using Doceri in the classroom, but since I teach multiple classes a year, I have introduced the app to over 300 students in that short time.  Since I teach so many students I come into contact with a diverse range of social and academic aptitudes.  It amazes me how quickly my students just start using Doceri to create screencasts to explain new concepts.  I provide a brief introduction to Doceri before having students create for assessment purposes. Showing a few basic tools and then giving students the opportunity to “play” and “explore” the app to create anything they want. Some students will use the art tools to draw detailed pictures. Some students experiment with the timeline to generate simple animations and some create simple slide shows.  No matter what their academic ability, all of my students demonstrate an enthusiasm and a willingness to create and learn using the Doceri app.  Many students will then go on to ask other teachers if they can use Doceri for their assignments in other subjects.

Staff Reactions

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 2.51.19 PMSeveral teachers at my school currently use Doceri, or allow Doceri to be used by students, in the classroom.  Doceri is used in French classrooms, Math, Language, Science, and Social Studies. Teachers at my school have a range of aptitude and comfort using technology in the classroom, but most teachers I have spoken to about the app are excited by Doceri’s potential, and are willing to allow students to use it to create projects instead of using more traditional formats.  The greatest roadblock for staff is simply having enough devices in the school so that we can use great apps like Doceri in the classroom on a regular basis.

Admin Reactions

The principal and vice-principal at my school all love the potential of using Doceri in the classroom.  They agree with me when I say that Doceri is a great tool for making student thinking visible and are excited about the use of it in the classroom.Doceri iPad Student work

Parent Reactions

Recently my school hosted a Numeracy Night, where students were encouraged to bring their parents so that we could show them some of the things we are doing in the classroom to support student learning in mathematics.  I hosted a session on using Doceri in the math classroom, where I introduced the app with a screencast. Parents were then given a math problem and an iPad with Doceri to work on a solution with their children.  Many parents commented to me that they thought Doceri was a very good way to help their child explain their thinking, especially those who experienced difficulty with writing tasks.

What was your experience getting students started on creating their own screencasts?

Creating a screencasts can be hard work.  I found that it was extremely important to “chunk” the task for students so that they didn’t feel overwhelmed by the screencasting project.  Usually I broke the process into 4 parts for them that we worked on separately in class:

  1. Write your script – everything that you and your partner will say in the screencast
  2. Create a storyboard – plan what visuals will appear on each “slide” of your presentation
  3. Create your slides – before doing any recording, take the time to setup each of your slides, and to insert any necessary stops on the timeline.
  4. Record – Now that you have a script and a storyboard, you’ve created your presentation, it’s a simple matter of following the plan, and recording your voice.

Most students react very well to this framework. Soon they are well on their way to creating their screencast within a couple of work periods. As with all school tasks, students require extra time to figure it all out, extra time to work out the kinks, and extra reminders to stay on task.




#Docerichat: Ask Tim!

Twitter_logo_blue copyJoin us on Twitter (#docerichat) on February 19th, 2015 at 4pm PST. Doceri Tech Support Specialist, Tim McGrew will join Jason Gilmore and Doceri educators for an open discussion with Doceri users.

If you have any burning “how-to” Doceri Desktop or Doceri App questions, bring them to Tim on Thursday. This is your chance to connect with SP Controls’ own Doceri guru!


Teacher Feature: Part 1 of 3- Timothy Wayne Boudreau

Tim BoudreauPart 1 of 3 

Name: Timothy Wayne Boudreau

School: Lougheed Middle School

School Board: Peel District School Board

Province: Ontario, Canada

Job Title: 8th Grade Core French and Math Teacher

How do you use Doceri?

Flip Video Creation

I use the Doceri iPad app to create flip class videos (screencasts) to cover concepts that are important for student understanding, yet don’t want to spend class time discussing.  Instructional videos are usually created in combination with other apps such as iMovie and post on YouTube. Finally, I post the link to my screencasts on my class Edmodo site.

Not Pro Quality

The videos are not oscar winning material. They are fairly rough. However, I’ve gotten myself to the point where I can create and post a video in less than 30 minutes, and students find it so useful to be able to review material at their own pace.

Archiving in-class instruction – at home reinforcement

I also use Doceri Desktop in conjunction with an LCD projector as my interactive whiteboard.  Usually, I use Doceri to deliver a new lesson or to review a concept before a quiz.  I record my voice as I am conducting the lesson including student questions and responses, which I post on Edmodo.  Students who have difficulty remembering oral instructions have the chance to review material at home.  It’s also great to have my audio and visual class notes available for students that were absent.

Making thinking visible

Doceri helps my students make their thinking visible.  One common area of student need is the ability to properly read, understand, solve, and communicate solutions for math problems. There are various strategies teachers use to help students develop their problem solving skills, but the real challenge is answering the question “How will you know students have learned mathematical problem solving?”  Having students create Doceri screencasts as part of the problem solving process helps them visualize a new concept. Plus, it makes it easier for me to assess students’ problem solving abilities.

Usually, I introduce a new concept with a screencast. Next, I encourage students to use Doceri to work on a solution to given problems. This gives them the opportunity to write, draw, and display any visuals that they deem necessary to properly show all their work and calculations. The Doceri timeline allows me to back their work up and see their thinking unfold. It’s easy to isolate the trouble spots for each kid.

Peer interaction

Students create video explanations of  solutions to a problem.  Then they give feedback on peers’ chosen method of problem solving. It’s amazing to watch the exchanges that come from this visual thinking process! Doceri is a great thought catalyst.

Next entry (2 of 3) Tim focuses on how the school staff, administration, parents, and students have reacted to Doceri in his classroom.

#Docerichat on Twitter is Back! on 1/21/15 at 5PM PST.

#DoceriChat Returns January 21st on Twitter

Happy New Year!! The first #docerichat of the year will be THIS Wednesday, January 21st 2015 at 8PM EST 7PM CST 6PM MST 5PM PST. Join us as we discuss possible themes for our first ever Google Hangout On Air broadcast of our February #docerichat. The GHOchat will include a panel of Doceri Teachers featured on the Freedom To Teach Blog.Twitter_logo_blue copy

#DoceriChat Wednesday, January 21st

5pm Pacific – 6pm Mountain
7pm Central – 8pm Eastern

Just use the hashtag #DoceriChat to follow and join in on the conversation.