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Compatibility Issues Between Doceri Desktop and EL Capitan

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 10.00.15 PMDoceri users are advised to DELAY upgrading their Apple Macs to OSX, El Capitan. Doceri Desktop will cease to work with the new OS installed. The compatibility issues will be resolved as soon as possible. SP Controls apologizes for any inconvenience.

Teacher Feature: Kenny Bosch 1.0

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School: Muskego High School, Muskego, WI

District:  Muskego-Norway School District

Job Titles: Grade 9, World History, Grade 11 American Issues Teacher – Graduate Course Instructor through- Midwest Teacher’s Institute and Calumet College of St. Joseph, IN.

How do you use Doceri? Do you use Doceri Desktop as well as the iPad app?

I use both Doceri Desktop and the iPad app. I use Doceri to control my desktop computer, presentations and make recordings to use in my flipclass. I also use Doceri to add content on the fly in class and annotate over online and presentation materials.

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

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. Students even use my iPad and Doceri to present to the class. Students and parents love the recordings that I make to explain class content because they are able to review the lesson as many times as needed.

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

Most students are hesitant to start screencasting but over time they open up. I have gone to making one of the early projects of the year a mandatory screencast so that the students get over the fear. After they make their first one they enjoy making more.

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

Doceri gives you the freedom to move around the classroom and not be tethered to your computer or stand at the screen. I love the ability to add content on the fly as it comes to my head and annotate over anything. Doceri allows each presentation to truly become unique.

Have you flipped your classroom?

Yes, I flipped my classroom four years ago.

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

My advice is always to start somewhere. You do not have to go “all in.” You can flip any part of your classroom. I tell people to flip a favorite lesson or activity, or flip their least favorite activity. Find something to change that you will be motivated to complete the work. Also, flip one chapter or unit per quarter. Lastly, you do not have to be the expert in all or even most of the technology. Your students will know or will learn most of it and they can teach each other and even teach you how to use it.

Contact Kenny @kennybosch

Kenny’s books are available for sale on Kenny’s Blog and Amazon.com:

  • Flipping 2.0 Practical Strategies to Flip Your Class
  • Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development


Teacher Feature: Kim Laabs: 1.0

Name: Kim LaabsKLaabs

School:  San Marin High School

District: Novato Unified School District

Job Title: Mathematics Teacher / Department Chair

How do you use Doceri? Do you use Doceri Desktop as well as the iPad app?

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.  Currently, with a more investigative approach to our curriculum, I make screencasts to help fill in some background information, answer homework questions, and to make connections between the current topic and the investigation done in class.  In the classroom,  I use Doceri iPad app to create PDF’s of the lesson and the Doceri Desktop to project the lesson.  This allows me to roam the classroom and not tethered to the computer, presenter or whiteboard.  As I roam, I am able to quickly capture a picture of what students are doing and project it for all to see, allowing student work to help direct our class discussions.  I can annotate, or have students annotate on the PDF lesson as well.  Then after class, I post these lessons online for students who are absent or need a reminder.

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

Students ask for specific videos to be created – they love the ability to watch at their own pace, replay difficult concepts, and rewatch for test/quiz review.  Students also like the lessons posted with the annotations from class, as during investigations and projects, the typical notetaking seen in teacher directed lessons is less emphasized in lieu of notes on the project or data collection.  When I have a lesson using the whiteboard with no posted lesson PDF, many students object saying how helpful it is to be able to go back and review what we discussed in class online. 

Several of the staff at my school have also begun to use Doceri, both the app and Doceri Desktop in their lessons including our PE Department.  I have done presentations and workshops for our district and there are teachers in elementary and middle school who now use both the app and desktop in their curriculum.  Most teachers note the easy learning curve for both products.  The Doceri Certified Training Course is fantastic!

I have received many positive parent comments to the videos and the lessons as well.  One parent was very excited as they told me that they felt as if they too were enrolled in my Algebra 2 course!  For Back-to-School Night, I posed a question to the parents and had them work in groups to find the area of a triangle.  It was to help demonstrate the investigative approach to mathematics, our use of group work, and explain that there can be many “right” ways to approach a problem.  The goal was not just to find the area, but to find as many ways possible to find the area.  Parents got very excited about the problem, and because it it was such a short time, and we didn’t have time for closure, I posted a video if they wanted to explore further.  Several parents liked it so much they turned in their own approach later!  https://youtu.be/63Ks7BrCK6A

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

A few of my students have created screencasts working out homework problems.  The ease of the app makes it fun for them to use.  Some of my STEM students have used the app in creating videos for their engineering course.  

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

Doceri has helped change my curriculum to be student centered and an easy transition to investigative, inquiry based instruction.  Our classes are more discussions with students making connections to previous work.  It also makes it easy for one group to present their findings to others. 

Have you flipped your classroom?

I did flip my classroom for a time, and then our district changed the math curriculum to be more investigative.  Whether or not it is direct instruction in the classroom or on a screencast, it is still direct instruction – teacher driven.  At times, this is a very powerful method of instruction.  I like the direct instruction to be done by screencasts with classroom time left for student directed inquiry and investigation.  This helps diversify the instruction students receive. 

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

 JUST START!  When working with my students, I remind them that pushing buttons will NOT make the iPad spontaneously burst into flames! Make a few screencasts – ask for honest feedback from a friend or two.  Find other videos on YouTube that you like, and see what it is that you can recreate. Take the Doceri Certified Training Course!!  It includes many many tips and features.

  • PINCH AND ZOOM – One of my favorite Doceri features is the pinch and zoom.  It allows me to write neatly (I have tried many many whiteboard and screencasts apps, and Doceri is by far the best!).  My handwriting on Doceri is so much better than it is on paper.  I tried out LOTS of stylus, as well as using my finger alone.  Finding what makes you most comfortable really helps.
  • Start with Bones, then Refine – Some people write out whole scripts, a kind of storyboard.  I find that as I write on the app, I start with the basic outline, then go back and edit.  I add examples, or make it more “artsy” as needed and if I have time.  The GREAT thing is that once done, I can use the same lesson over and over for multiple classes and even years – OR I have the option to edit as needed for different classes and the needs of the students. In Short – Keep the screencasts short.  I try to limit my videos to 7 minutes, but some are closer to 11 or 12.  I’ll go back and edit the longer ones – or split them into two separate videos.





Quick Fixes for Limited Issue Between iOS9 and Doceri

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With Doceri release 2.1.9 , we have come across some issues with 64-bit iPads and Doceri (iPad Air and newer and iPad Mini Retina and newer). The issues are easily remedied with just a couple of steps. SP Controls is working on a more permanent fix with an update. Here are the quick fixes:

Doceri is no longer writing : http://doceri.com/support/knowledgebase.php?article=50

Doceri Desktop is crashing after updating to iOS 9?:http://doceri.com/support/knowledgebase.php?article=51

-SP Controls


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