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Back to School Twitter Chat Sept. 18, 2014

Untitled 35Doceri Chat is back!

Doceri Education Community Advocate Jason Gilmore will facilitate a Back to School edition of Doceri Chat on Thursday Sept. 18 at 5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central, 8pm Eastern.

What are your goals for Doceri in your Classroom this year?

Join us on for Doceri Chat on Twitter to share and discuss with other Doceri teachers. Use the hashtag #DoceriChat to follow along and participate.

We highly recommend using TweetChat to get the most out of participating in a Twitter Chat.

This Doceri Screencast Explains how to participate and how to use TweetChat. We’ll see you Thursday September 18!

Back to School: Mobility Matters Most!

by Doceri Education Community Advocate Jason Gilmore

“The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.” – Leonard Nimoy

It’s back to school time and I am in a good mood! I’m at a great rural middle school with a fantastic community spirit in Sonoma County, Calif. A good mood even though the tech is LIMITED.

We have a fast wired network but… GASP!! NO WIFI! After two years in the wireless tech-rich land of Silicon Valley schools I feel disconnected. My Internet iPad apps are missing me.

However, my classroom is not totally bereft of tech. I have two Windows 7 desktops, an ancient XP laptop, an ancient XP desktop, 2 computer Labs, computers in the library, a projector, an Elmo, and my off-line lonely iPad.

The iPad will of course be useful in two ways: making screencasts on a Doceri and controlling the computer connected to my projector. My feeling is that we can get along just fine with this assortment. Plus, the other great thing is I have procured wonderful antique movable desks with the help of our magic custodian.


My room is now ripe for collaboration with the mobile furniture I have installed (with the help of a fabulous custodian). A large community table on wheels is also a benefit. I hope to have my students up and discovering or rediscovering content together.

We may have limited access to the internet but we will have access to each other.


Mobility in the classroom is the first step to establishing an environment that fosters discussion, investigation, and support. Without being tied to the front of the class I will be able to work with students where they are.

This class will not be about me. It will be about students trying, failing, and succeeding as a team.

I’ve connected my iPad to my crusty rusty laptop with Doceri Desktop via a WIFI signal from an old Apple Time Capsule. Internet is not necessary for using Doceri with Doceri Desktop; I just need a WIFI signal that connects the computer and iPad.

My hope is to create my intervention number sense, pre-algebra, and intervention reading and writing lessons for 7th and 8th grade Special Education RSP students in screencast form, place them on Edmodo, have the kids view the individualized lessons via projector and computer in the classroom. This will free me up to work in small groups with kids working on the same skills. With this method we just may be able to fill a few of those basic skill holes yet.

First step? Get to know the kids. Build the camaraderie. Play games. Build the rules and procedures together, and then get to the assessment.

If I can gather momentum in the beginning it should carry us until the holidays, at least! We’ll see what we can get accomplished with a few bones of key tech pieces like Doceri, Edmodo, Zaption, Class Dojo, NewsELA, Reading Plus, and Aleks and a good dose of community spirit to fuel effective collaborative learning. Stay tuned….

Doceri Discontinues GoodPoint Stylus

SP Controls, maker of Doceri, has announced that effective immediately it will no longer manufacture and sell the GoodPoint intelligent stylus. Orders that were placed and confirmed prior to August 7, 2014 are being fulfilled. No new orders are being accepted.

The Doceri GoodPoint stylus was created with intelligent aspects that work with the iPad version of the Doceri whiteboard and screencasting software. However, demand for the GoodPoint stylus has not created the necessary economies of scale to bring manufacturing costs in line.

Any stylus will work to create hand-written lessons and hand-drawn graphics with Doceri. The intelligent features such as the innovative eraser tip and WYSIWYG pen tip and palm rejection will not be accessible without the GoodPoint. However, the Doceri toolbar includes an eraser function and the software itself includes a palm guard that slides up from the bottom of the screen to eliminate stray marks from the users hand resting on the screen while writing.

What Stylus to Use?

It really comes down to personal preference. We do recommend avoiding rubber-tipped styli for writing and drawing because they do not glide across the glass screen as smoothly as other materials. This can be very frustrating.

- The Pogo Sketch is very popular, but uses a thin, flexible tip that can be delicate – which is why replacement tips are available.

TruGlide feels more like a pen and uses a conductive fiber tip that glides smoothly over the glass.

- If you’re looking for a thicker pen, more like a dry erase marker, try the Cosmonaut.

Please let us know what third-party stylus you like to use with Doceri on your tablet.

Doceri and Edmodo: A Powerful Combination

From our research it seems our heaviest users export Doceri screencasts to a Learning Management System (LMS) of some sort. Just about two thirds of the Doceri teachers surveyed chose to use Edmodo, a class webpage or another LMS to post and store their screencasts. Other popular choices for an LMS are: Schoology, School Loop, and Blackboard.

I’ve had experience with all three. For me, Edmodo was the easiest product to set up and use both for teachers and students. While both Schoology and School Loop are great systems they are usually employed by districts rather than individual classroom teachers.

The beauty of Edmodo is that it is easy for an individual teacher to implement without district or even school IT involvement. Thus, for teachers without a district supported LMS teachers do not have to wait for districts to purchase and implement the product. It’s free and easy for an individual teacher to begin to use right away. Once you have created your account you’ll be able to establish a ‘classroom library’ where you can post your screencasts to provide your students, students families, and even a teacher’s aid  access to your instruction at anytime.

Beyond screencast storage and distribution, there are myriad uses for an LMS such as class discussions, scheduling your screencasts as assignments, and monitoring progress of your students work.

Doceri is Available in the Windows App Store

Mobility in the classroom – the ability to move around among students while presenting a lesson on the whiteboard – has been the number one reason teachers love Doceri since it was introduced for the iPad in February 2010.

WindowsStore_badge_black_en_large_120x376Now, schools that have standardized on Windows tablets can provide their faculty and students with the same mobile advantage using Doceri for Windows.

Whether used with a projector or a traditional interactive whiteboard, Doceri provides the mobility to foster true interactivity between teacher and students. Teachers move around the classroom, and students participate right from their seats.

Doceri turns your Windows tablet and computer into an Interactive Whiteboard. Imagine the freedom to move around the room, interact with your students and never turn your back to the class. Through Doceri, you’ll have access to all of your pedagogical tools. You’ll have the freedom to launch, present and annotate any document, presentation, Web page or application remotely from your Windows tablet.

Using Doceri for Windows, teachers can

* Have annotation and whiteboard functionality without the expense of a fixed interactive whiteboard – all you need is a Windows tablet, computer and projector

* Access and annotate over any file resident on the classroom computer, including PowerPoint presentations, pictures, documents, Web pages and specialized curriculum materials

* Access any brand of existing interactive whiteboard from your Windows tablet

* Create original hand-written lessons, right on your Windows tablet, and project them for the class

* Save and edit any annotated lesson file for use in another class

Doceri’s screencasting capabilities currently available in the IOS version will be added to the Windows version in a future release.

Doceri Windows PowerPointAnnotation
Annotate on-the-fly over documents or images you have saved on your computer, start fresh with a background of your choice or open a Web page. Draw, write, or highlight over the image on your tablet, and see your annotations appear in real time on your computer monitor or projected image. Save your drawings and annotations for later playback and sharing.

Creating Slideshows and Editing with the Doceri Timeline
With Doceri, you can create hand-written or hand-drawn Doceri projects on your Windows tablet, using sophisticated drawing tools and the innovative Doceri Timeline.

Each project drawing can be played back as a slideshow or animated sequence, allowing you to create and embellish presentations all within Doceri. Doceri allows you to go back and edit any drawing stroke and any inserted photo or hand drawn object at any point in your project. Create, edit, replay and perfect your hand drawn or annotated presentation before you get to the classroom. Once you’ve created a lesson, you can save and can edit it for various classes.

Standardizing on Doceri throughout your School, District or University
Deploying Windows tablets equipped with Doceri means every classroom has the same advantage of greater teacher-student interaction. Public school districts such as Garland ISD in Texas and universities like Penn State have already standardized on the IOS version of Doceri.


The Single Most Effective App for the Interactive Classroom

Here’s the secret: There isn’t one.

From our Spring 2014 Doceri teacher survey data and conversations with educators at all levels we know that Doceri can have a huge impact on a teacher’s practice and classroom. Many teachers began using Doceri primarily to control their computers remotely from their iPads, so they could move around the room and be closer to their students while they teach. In fact, 92% of survey respondents said this is true for them. However, as impactful as Doceri is, no app operates in a silo. In fact, in order to reach the status of an interactive classroom many apps must be employed with Doceri.

You’re a teacher. You’ve been using Doceri to create your screencasts but there are a few problems to solve to make this an effective learning system. You will need the following:

A safe place to post screencasts for assignments/ review

A safe place to hold online/ backchannel discussions

A way to make your screencasts interactive

A way to collect data about student comprehension of screencast viewings

A way to increase engagement through video enhancement

A way for students to create their own screencasts within the classroom.

If there is a need – to quote the Apple ad – “There’s an app for that.”

In my subsequent posts I will talk about a few possible solutions for each problem.


2014 Doceri Teacher Survey: iPad Whiteboards in the Classroom

Once again, at the end of the US school year, we asked for input about how teachers are using Doceri. What we’ve learned is not surprising – the more teachers use Doceri, the more integral it becomes to their classrooms.


K-12 Teacher Survey Highlights

Though the survey itself was open to everyone, these results are based on the 500 responses of K-12 teachers in North America. Of these, just over 60% began using Doceri within the past year, and just fewer than 40% have been using Doceri for 2-3 years.

K-12 Doceri Use

There are a lot of options with Doceri! Many teachers began using Doceri primarily to control their computers remotely from their iPads, so they could move around the room and be closer to their students while they teach. In fact, 92% of survey respondents said this is true for them.

Doceri as a mobile whiteboard using a computer and projector continues to be the primary application among users. Since we incorporated screencasting in 2012 teachers can use the iPad app without connecting to a computer to create and record lessons. There is a significant advantage, however, to having access to all the pedagogical resources housed on the teacher’s desktop or laptop computer. Therefore, we are still seeing that connection through Doceri Desktop as a key driver.


What Subjects is Doceri Being Used to Teach?

K-12 subjects


No surprise, Doceri remains popular with STEM teachers because it makes it easy to hand-write lessons using the language and structure of math and science that has been difficult to create with a standard keyboard. Language arts as a core subject area is not far behind STEM. In fact, it’s elementary teachers that are the largest users of Doceri with the students for English language arts lessons. One way we’ve heard many ELA teachers using Doceri is to grade papers via screencast. They mark their comments on the student’s work while explaining verbally. This creates a video screencast that the student – and the parent – can review. What a great idea!


 How are iPads Being Used in K-12 Schools?

While we were on the subject of iPads, we wanted to find out what’s really happening in the trenches of schools around the US.

 K-12 iPad use in school

Almost two-thirds of the teachers surveyed said their schools have provided iPads either to all faculty, select faculty or for students in a 1:1 classroom. 14% of those who responded said they currently work in a 1:1 iPad classroom.

What’s really going on in the Doceri classroom?

We asked teachers whether they are using Doceri exclusively to present lessons in class, only to create screencast videos, or both. As much interest that has been generated in the flipped classroom, and creating video screencasts, the results show the overwhelming use for Doceri remains as a mobile interactive whiteboard, for presenting lessons in class.

 K 12 Doceri Teachers Use


Breaking down the data shows that 88% of teachers surveyed use Doceri to present lessons in class, and of those, nearly 30% also create Doceri screencasts. Only 12% of teachers surveyed use Doceri only for creating screencasts.


What is being presented in class?

We asked teachers about their primary use of Doceri in the classroom on a day to day basis.
We asked this question a slightly different way last year, but the results were about the same with 91% of teachers using annotation in some way this year, vs. 89% last year.


K12 Doceri Reachers Present in class

To Flip or Not to Flip?

This year, 46% of teachers answering the survey told us they had at least experimented with the flipped classroom model. That group breaks down to 8% saying at least one of their classes was fully flipped, 17% saying they had used flipped classroom techniques but did not fully flip any of their classes and 16% who said they had experimented with the flipped classroom approach. In addition, 41% said they are interested in flipping their classrooms but haven’t tried it yet and 13% said they are not interested in flipping their classrooms.

K 12 Fllipped Classroom

How are Screencast Videos Made Available to Students?

We asked those teachers who create Doceri screencast videos how they make them available for students and parents to view. The answers spread across the spectrum of possibility – which makes us realize that we were ‘right on’ when we decided not to lock Doceri users into uploading their work to a proprietary website for viewing. Doceri teachers clearly want control over whether their work is public or private, and want to choose the best way for their students and their parents to view their videos.

K 12 Doceri Screencast Availability

Sending the Whiteboard Home

In addition to videos, many teachers use Doceri’s PDF and Image export to ‘send the whiteboard home’ with their students. Of those who said they use this technique, social media was not a primary choice, with Twitter, Facebook and Google+ combined accounting for only 4%. Use of email was more prevalent than with screencast videos – presumably because the file size for images and PDF files is smaller than for videos.

K 12 Send Doceri Whiteboard Home

What do Teachers Feel are the Advantages of Doceri?

We are always so thrilled to read what teachers have to say about Doceri, and use the Wordle.net tag cloud create to see a visual of all the comments, which you see below. In addition to the open comments, we asked teachers in the survey if they agreed with these statements, if they disagreed, or if they hadn’t had this experience.

  • Using Doceri, I can move around among my students while I teach rather than being tied to the whiteboard at the front of the room - 92% agreed
  • I am able to create engaging lessons with Doceri’s annotation tools - 73% agreed
  • My Doceri screencasts help my students because they can review the material as often as they need to - 48% agreed; 51% had not had this experience
  • Doceri has changed the way I teach - 71% agreed


Doceri Survey Wordle 2014

Garland ISD Adopts Doceri in 3,800 Classrooms District-Wide


[Click here for Official Press Release]

The school year is winding down in the US, but in the Garland Independent School District in Texas, teachers and students have already gotten a taste of what their classrooms will be like next year.

In mid-April, Lakeview High school was among the first schools in the district  to roll out iPads along with Doceri software, campus wide.

Before students return in the fall, Garland’s Teacher iPad Initiative will be fully implemented across all 3,800 classrooms in the district - 49 elementary, 13 middle and eight high schools in the communities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse Texas, just outside Dallas.

GISD-logoAdopting Doceri as part of the district’s new iPad initiative provides mobile, interactive whiteboard functionality in every classroom. Teachers can move around among their students rather than being tied to a whiteboard at the front of the room, and can engage students in the lesson as they remain in their seats. In addition, teachers can easily create screencast lessons for students and parents to view outside of class.

On July 24, 2014 Garland ISD teachers will share and collaborate on innovative ideas for using the iPad in their classrooms at the district’s first GISD iCon one-day conference.

“Doceri makes sense at Garland ISD because it allows the teacher to control their computer from anywhere in the room,” Said Jim Hysaw, executive director of technology for Garland ISD. “The teacher also has the ability to hand the Doceri-controlled iPad to the students. Thus the students become the teacher.”

Teacher Feature: April Barton

Name:  April Barton

School: Cottonwood High School

April BartonDistrict: Granite School District

State: Utah

Subject: Mathematics 


1. What drove you to begin making Doceri screencasts for your students? 

I was having difficulty keeping students caught up with the material when they were absent.  Either they would just be lost for a unit or two, or they would have to come in after school and I would have to give the entire explanation again.

I decided to record my lectures so they could get caught up easier.  I tried a couple of different apps to help record my lectures and to help connect my computer to my iPad, but Doceri is the one I personally liked the best.   The biggest advantage of Doceri is you can connect your YouTube account to your Doceri app.  All you have to do is just drag and drop to upload your recordings, which makes it very convenient and quick. April’s YouTube Channel

2. Did you completely flip your classes? 

Half of my classes are flipped, half are not.

3. How has Doceri changed how you interact with your students?
Doceri has really helped me keep students current with the material.  I was also surprised how some students would watch the lecture again, even if they were there for it in class. In the end, students turned more more assignments in on time with more of the problems completed.

4. What advice do you have for new Doceri teachers?
You might think that making recordings of your notes would only be useful if you are trying to flip your classroom, but I have seen a lot of improvement from my students just by recording and posting my everyday lectures.  I would often walk into school in the morning to see students watching the notes on their phone to get caught up on what they missed the day before. However, it’s important to make sure to keep reminding them throughout the entire school year that they have that resource, because students tend to forget.

Also,  for anyone who is going to flip their classroom, I highly recommend sending out text reminders to the students to watch the notes.  I use Remind101 because it is free and the students do not have access to my personal cell phone number.


Example screencast on volumes

Doceri Teacher Feature: Krista Hands, Oklahoma Baptist University

searchName: Dr. Krista Hands

School: Oklahoma Baptist University

State: OK

Subject: Mathematics – all levels

Krista Hands is a mathematics professor at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, teaching Trigonometry, Calculus I, Calculus II and Contemporary Math, a general education course – as well training education students on how to teach math.

Her discovery of Doceri has opened up a whole new classroom strategy for her upper division and general education courses, as well as a realization that future teachers need to understand how to use the tools they will be presented with in their first classrooms.

Passing on not only the knowledge of how to use the technology, but how to use it to teach effectively is an important step toward moving education forward. Krista teaches math methods for secondary education majors as well as math content for elementary and special education majors.

“Once these students graduate, they will encounter one of two dynamics: a SMART Board environment or an iPad environment,” she says. “We need to teach them how to use both.”

1. What drove you to begin making Doceri screencasts for your students?
In her search for an iPad-based whiteboard and screen recording program, her laundry list included the ability to display notes on the iPad, write on the screen to annotate a PowerPoint, record, and post the resulting screencast online. She tried several of the basic iPad screencasting apps, and then the IT Manager at Oklahoma Baptist recommended Doceri.

Krista hands quote“I attended a faculty workshop that showed the capability of Doceri together with the SMARTBoard to record and post class lectures to YouTube,” she says. “We had just been given iPads to help with teaching – in particular with use in our math education classes. I was looking for the capability to record my lectures and post them for students to who missed class or wanted a review. In addition, I wanted to be able to have the lectures recorded in order to assist those who would take the courses online during the summer.”

Krista now uses a SMART board and Doceri interchangeably in all her classes at OBU. Recording her lectures and making them available to her students outside of class has become a key part of Krista’s teaching strategy.

“Every other program I tried was missing something,” she explains. “One lacked the ability to import text or to import pictures. Another would not allow me to save a file that I created ahead of time – only after I finished. A third seemed like a great option until I finished with the recording and the file it created was too large to upload in a reasonable amount of time. Doceri fit the bill – it had just about everything I was looking for!”

2. Did you completely flip your classes?
Krista Hands 3“Yes,” Krista says, “I started using Doceri in all of my classes in Fall 2012. It was really difficult the first semester to stay on top of creating these lessons in 3 different classes all while teaching the classes.”

Using Doceri’s Time-line based creation platform, Krista puts her presentation together in advance from handouts for the day’s lesson. During class, students follow along and fill in the handout that Krista projects via Doceri and Apple TV. She turns on the screencast recording function within Doceri, and records both the annotations on the notes along with her voice.

Using Moodle Rooms, she makes the handouts available in advance, and posts the YouTube links for the corresponding lecture after class. The idea is to provide students with a tool for review, as well as to make the lecture accessible for those who aren’t able to attend every class – athletes, for example, make liberal use of the recorded lectures when they are traveling on behalf of the school.

The rule that she’s established with her classes, however, is that students must keep coming to class or she’ll stop posting the videos.

3. How has Doceri changed how you interact with your students?
“In part it keeps me on my toes,” she says. “ I am extra careful of the language I use (technically speaking). I tend to clarify even more than I would have before. It also keeps my tone upbeat, positive, and encouraging – kind of putting on my best teacher hat every day because there is a record of the class. Not that I would normally have done otherwise, but it is just extra incentive to stay on my toes.”

The ability to access lecture videos outside of class hasn’t been the only change in Krista’s classes. Trading the fixed whiteboard for the iPad and Doceri gives her a big advantage during class time, as she’s now able to see student’s expressions during her lectures. She’s found that this makes a key difference in her ability to pace the class and insure that student’s needs are met.

“When your back is to the class the majority of the time, you miss little cues,” she says. “Facing students directly and consistently means you can start to pick up on confused looks, pause, and address the stumbling block – or even just keep tabs on whether or not the class as a whole is following along, or not.”

Doceri was the catalyst for incorporating the iPad into Krista’s teaching, and since then, the classroom has been completely transformed.

4. What advice do you have for new Doceri teachers?
Krista’s advice is to take it slow. “Try one class at a time. Don’t try to do too much. I am surprised I didn’t burn out. It was difficult that first semester and I really struggled putting in LOTS of hours above and beyond. You will also grow as you use the product in what you want your presentation to look like and such. You will grow and change – this is good! Just allow yourself that time and enjoy it!”

To date, Krista has uploaded more than 500 screencasts to YouTube for student access, and her YouTube channel has more than 53,000 views. Her expectation is that students will view the videos primarily around exam time. She’s saved and titled the videos by section number corresponding to the textbook to make it easier for students to locate the lecture they need to review.


This example of Krista’s screencasting is for her Calculus I class.