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#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.

 

Teacher Feature: Rebecca DeLozier – Part 3 of 3 – Screencasting Doceri Style

Triceratops Profile - Rebecca DeLozierWhy Doceri?

Rebecca tried all manner of screencasting apps but ended up choosing Doceri because it gave her the complexity and control to plan out her lessons. The writing is smooth and the editing system gives many options. Once she became comfortable with stops and the timeline the videos just flowed and she was hooked on Doceri. “No other app lets me sit and write out my lesson at my own pace yet allows me to plan for the delivery by controlling the speed while recording.”

At first, Rebecca wasn’t sure her students liked the video style or found it helpful, but every once in a while due to time constraints she will post a link to a video made by someone else, or one of my old pre-Doceri videos.  “The next day, I will hear complaints about having to watch those videos, so I am taking that to be a vote of support from the students.”

Rebecca further explained, “Doceri has made my transition from Sage-On-The-Stage to Guide-On-The-Side pretty painless.  It has also made me refocus on what we consider core content and what is just bloat in the curriculum.  If we want students to gain a real understanding of concepts we need to make the supporting lectures for those concepts transparent with as few examples as possible (two at the most.) I try not to get bogged down in minutiae.  This allows me to use class time to support students putting new concepts into practice and tease out the intricacies of the content.”

Screencasting Tips

Rebecca discussed her video creation process and explained that the hardest thing about screencasting for her is the planning stage. It’s a challenge to develop a specific outline that has everything she wants to include in the video.  She says, “It doesn’t all have to be written out explicitly first, but I do need a list of all the examples, experiments, and terms I want to discuss. The goal is always to reduce the content down to approximately approximately a 6-7 minute video.

She went on to discuss the recording, “After I have a content list I park myself on the couch with my iPad and a stylus and start writing and drawing out the lesson.  This includes a lot of revising on the fly, which is why I LOVE the timeline! For physics, I just record from the Doceri interface directly and upload to YouTube.

My physics videos were recorded almost 2 years ago.  For AP Biology I make a title slide in PowerPoint, then I use ScreenFlow to record the opening credits. The students requested the picture in picture talking head so I airplay into my MacBook, then record the Doceri lesson and myself from there.  It seems like an overly complicated method but it allows me to hand write the lessons without having to write while talking, OR having to sync up the talking head to the Doceri recording later.”

Rebecca stated,”I do a small amount of splicing and editing on the videos for AP Biology. I never start over from scratch, I just pause and start talking wherever I feel like I messed up.  The videos aren’t perfect, but neither are lectures in class. When I first started screencasting I would spend hours on a video, now if the lesson is previously written in Doceri I can record, edit, and have 5 published in under 2 hours!”

Just Start!

Rebecca’s advice for beginning Doceri screencasters is to start small with something that is just a single concept, or perhaps a quick compare and contrast. She further explains,”Take your time writing out what you want it to look like and then replay that slide while recording. The most important advice I have is, Just start! You can’t improve if you don’t start. Oh, and invest in a decent stylus.”

 

 

 

 

Teacher Feature: Rebecca DeLozier – Part 2 of 3 – Flipping with Doceri

In November 2014 we posted Part 1 of our 3 part feature on Rebecca DeLozier, AP Biology and Physics teacher as a Doceri Teacher who completely flipped her classes.

Triceratops Profile - Rebecca DeLozier

Not all Doceri teachers flip their classrooms. In fact, from our  2014 user survey  only 8% of Doceri teachers surveyed said they have fully flipped their classes. However, 41% of those surveyed stated they are interested in flipping their classrooms in the future. Rebecca has shared her journey to the total class flip for those aspiring to remove lecture from the classroom and save class time for group work, 1:1 work, and discussions.

Initially, Rebecca flipped her AP Biology class because the content was overwhelming and the classes just didn’t have time to complete the labs that, “get at the real meat of the content.”   As she started making her own videos she discovered how hard it is to pare down unit content.  Ms. Delozier said, “We as educators tend to overwhelm students with material that isn’t necessary to get at the learning objective.  Writing my own videos makes me focus on what is CRUCIAL and how I can present that in under ten minutes. Also, handwriting all of my lessons helps me narrow the video focus too. If I expect students to take notes from a video then I only want to present the noteworthy content.  We still have discussions and elaborative examples daily in class. However, my lessons are the cliff notes to our curriculum.”

At first, Rebecca wasn’t sure students liked the video style or found it helpful, but every once in a while due to time constraints she will post a link to a video made by someone else, or one of my old pre-Doceri videos.  “The next day, I will hear complaints about having to watch those videos, so I am taking that to be a vote of support from the students.”

Rebecca’s AP Biology is 100% flipped.  Students have assignments to watch anywhere between 1-5 short videos a week (they are typically under 7 minutes, always under 10 min). There are pages from their text associated with the video listed in each assignment and they take notes on the video. Each video is followed by a question or two applying the knowledge covered in lesson.

Physics is a whole different strategy for Ms. Delozier. Students in her physics class work at their own pace and while there is a rough flow of assignments they can skip around within each section of the course.  So, on any given day of the week she may have students working on lab, projects, taking quizzes, reading, watching the lessons…all in class. “The fact that I’m not lecturing lets me move from group to group and help out with whatever they need (lab set up, calculations, reteaching, etc),” stated Rebecca.

Rebecca goes on to explain, “I don’t do a lot of direct instruction in class. I spend about 10-15 minutes each class clearing up misconceptions from the previous day¹s lessons or clarifying concepts for that day¹s lab.  These are student driven, and when all goes well, student generated discussions take place. I have a prompt ready but we just go where the conversation takes us for a few minutes each day.

The third and final post in this series will detail Rebecca’s screencasting method and how Doceri makes her job that much easier.

 

 

Doceri Certified Educator PD Program Launched!!

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The Doceri Team is proud to announce The Doceri Certified Educator Professional Development Course!

Ever wanted to be able to have all the functionality of an interactive white board in the palm of your hand? Do you have a desire to create  instructional videos for your students to access at their own pace? Doceri Desktop and Doceri iPad screencasting app is the learning system that can enhance any curriculum to increase student engagement, mobility in the classroom, and provide access to your lessons.

Through the newly launched Doceri Certified Educator professional Development program you will be introduced to the basics of Doceri and guided through the more advanced features to become a Doceri Certified Educator. No matter if your goal is to flip your lessons, gain more control in your classroom, or create a library of PD screencasts for your staff; this self paced online course will prepare you to be a Doceri pro.

Course Details

Go to the Doceri Certified Educator Training Course 

Cost: $30 Includes a license key for Doceri Desktop. If you already own a Doceri Desktop license key the course is FREE!

Time: The course is estimated to contain about 3 hours of video instruction.

Doceri Teacher Feature: Victor Villegas (IT)

Victor Villegas discovered Doceri as a teacher in the spring of 2012 while he was looking for alternatives to stationary interactive whiteboards. Now as an instructional technology specialist in Irving Texas at Britain Elementary School in the Irving Independent School District he is very happy his district has discovered Doceri too.  As a result of Victor’s influence Irving has recently purchased Doceri Dekstop site licenses for their instructional technologists, librarians, academic specialists, and teachers.

Doceri Desktop

Victor stated that the teachers at his school love both Doceri Desktop and the iPad screencasting app. He delivers lessons in the classroom, as well as during Professional Development via Doceri. Victor said,”I use Doceri at every opportunity that I can. Teachers are excited about the ability to control their computer remotely and the ability to walk around their classrooms.  There are always some concerns about the cost of software licensing.  In my opinion, $30 for a lifetime license is more than reasonable. Additionally, the flexibility that Doceri provides in letting you have the license on the iPad and use it on multiple computers is very generous.”

Doceri and Student Screencasts

“Teachers love the functionality of Doceri to create screencasts. They always comment on how easy it is to export and share videos with others.”

Presently, teachers at Britain Elem. are guiding students in the creation of Doceri screencasts to explain Thinking Maps. In their screencasts students described a Thinking Map that categorized shapes.  The students took photos of shapes throughout the school and then classified them using a Thinking Map.  This video was then incorporated into a Nearpod Presentation that they shared with their classmates on individual iPads.

Flipping Professional Development

“We have not had any teachers at my school flip their classrooms, but it is something that I am trying to push,” Victor said. However, he is personally creating PD lessons and looks forward to a day when he has a library of archived tech support/PD screencasts for convenient staff access. Victor exclaimed, “I love Doceri and all of the features it offers and how easy it is to use.  Thank you so much for creating an affordable product that is great and easy to use!”

How to use Doceri: Part 3 of 3 (Doceri Desktop)

This introductory video is part 3 of a 3 part instructional series about how to use the Doceri iPad App and the Doceri Desktop Control system.

Mark-Willis

One of the most prolific Doceri Teachers, Mark Willis has created a series of three brief Doceri tutorials.n this final installment of his Doceri tutorial Mark gives the basics of  using Doceri Desktop.  He stated in our 1st #Docerichat Google Hangout on November 20th that, “Doceri is such a wonderful piece of software that he just loves to talk to others about it.” That is exactly what he is doing.

In a Teacher Feature (posted April 2014) Mark shared he created more than 1300 Doceri screencasts. Mark said he is now up to about 2000 screencasts.  We think he’s a guy worth listening to about the nuts and bolts of Doceri.

 

How to Use Doceri: Part 2

This introductory video is part 2 of a 3 part instructional series.

Mark-Willis

One of the most prolific Doceri Teachers, Mark Willis has created a series of three brief Doceri tutorials. He stated in our 1st #Docerichat Google Hangout on November 20th that, “Doceri is such a wonderful piece of software that he just loves to talk to others about it.” That is exactly what he is doing.

In a Teacher Feature (posted April 2014) Mark shared he created more than 1300 Doceri screencasts. Mark said he is now up to about 2000 screencasts.  However, Mark not only uses Doceri to produce screencasts but he has integrated Doceri Desktop into his  daily pedagogy. We think he’s a guy worth listening to about the nuts and bolts of Doceri.

 

How to use Doceri: A Doceri Teacher tutorial Part 1

Mark-Willis

One of the most prolific Doceri Teachers, Mark Willis has created a series of three brief Doceri tutorials. He stated in our 1st #Docerichat Google Hangout on November 20th that, “Doceri is such a wonderful piece of software that he just loves to talk to others about it.” That is exactly what he is doing.

In a Teacher Feature (posted April 2014) Mark shared he created more than 1300 Doceri screencasts. Mark said he is now up to about 2000 screencasts.  However, Mark not only uses Doceri to produce screencasts but he has integrated Doceri Desktop into his  daily pedagogy. We think he’s a guy worth listening to about the nuts and bolts of Doceri.

This introductory video is the first part of a 3 part instructional series.

From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side: Google Hangout

Thursday November 11th 2014 5pm PST – 5:30pm.
Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 6.05.03 PMJoin us as we host a discussion among Doceri teachers to explore their transition from Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side on Google Hangout.
Doceri’s Education Advocate Jason Gilmore leads the discussion.  He’ll explore why the teachers began creating videos and using the Doceri interactive whiteboard in their classes, their progress with integrating instructional video in their classes, and the results of this transition for their students and their understanding of the material.

Teacher Feature: Rebecca DeLozier on Screencasting with Doceri

Triceratops Profile - Rebecca DeLozierName: Rebecca DeLozier

School: Lewisville High School

District: Lewisville Independent School District

State: Texas

Subject: AP Biology and Physics

Rebecca DeLozier has been flipping her AP Biology and Physics classes for several years. She has some basic advice for teachers new to creating screencasts:

1. Start Small, with a single concept or a quick compare and contrast.
2. Take your time writing out what you want it to look like, then replay the slide.

Rebecca says that the hardest thing about screencasting is the planning stage, developing a specific outline that has everything she wants to include in the video.

“It doesn’t all have to be written out explicitly first, but I do need a point-by-point list of all the examples, experiments and terms I want to discuss,” she says. “The goal is always to reduce the content down to a six- to seven-minute video.”

DeLozier ScreenshotIn future Freedom to Teach blog posts, we’ll explore Rebecca’s methods for creating AP Biology and Physics screencasts in depth. She uses different approaches for each subject.

“After I have a content list I park myself on the couch with my iPad and a stylus, and start writing and drawing out the lesson,” she says. “This includes a lot of revising on the fly, which is why I love the Doceri Timeline!”

Rebecca says the videos aren’t perfect, but neither are lectures in class. She never starts over from scratch when she stumbles or makes a mistake, she just pauses the recording in Doceri and starts again from that point.

“When I first started screencasting I would spend hours on a video,” she says. “Now, if the lesson is written in Doceri I can record, edit, and have five published in under two hours.”

Rebecca’s advice dovetails right into our philosophy – Just Start.