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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.

Creating Screencasts on the Fly

When choosing presentation technology, consider what is asked of all teachers in the classroom.

—> Teachers are asked to provide equal access to the core content to all students.

—> Teachers are expected to be clear, conisise, and engaging to their students.

—> Plus, teachers are asked to use multimodes of of instruction to support different learners.

 

In the Doceri trigonometry screencast (below) by MustangAlgebraGuru the teacher has prepared the slides of his screencast ahead of time, but records the audio “on the fly” in class. This is possible using Doceri Desktop. Just connect to your PC with your tablet, play your screencast, and press record. In the end, you end up with your entire lesson recorded.

MustangAlgebraGuru’s lessons end up only being around 8-10 min which is optimal for a lecture style lesson.

 

When presenting using Doceri a teacher adds the following assets to their practice:

—> A teacher can be mobile to roam around the room and check for understanding as they instruct.

—> The recording of the lesson allows students who have difficulty taking notes to be engaged but not lose information.

—> Administration can help a teacher improve their presenting and planning skills by watching a series of lessons rather than observing one lesson on one day.

—> AND, because lessons involve visual, audio, and (if your students solve problems on your tablet) kinesthetic you will be supporting learning styles of all types.

 

Through Doceri Desktop and the Doceri app a teacher can help make core content more accessible, more engaging, and provides the teacher with a record of their own progress in order to improve their craft.

 

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Doceri The Talent Integration App

How exciting can one teacher make the basic mechanics of writing seem to 7th graders with literary challenges?

The answer is the same with teaching every tedious academic skill – it’s what the teacher makes it.IMG_0766.PNG

I recently created a screencast called How to Create a Great Topic Sentence for my 7th grade Special Education RSP English intervention class. I said to myself, “Self! This is some boring subject matter by itself. Especially, because the kids have had it over and over again but still aren’t getting the concept for numerous reasons. How can I make these instructions digestible? What do I have to offer?

I answered myself with, visuals! I can draw! Illustrated instructions are what I need to offer. IKEA instructions rule over all text- based instructions every time.

I realized I wasn’t using my biggest asset and was relying on text and audio instructions. Big mistake when you have 10 kids with good cases of anxiety, ADHD, and/ or learning difficulties. So I created this visually enhanced version of a lesson that I had done before with just text. The response was overwhelmingly positive. The kids actually clapped in one class! One kid with major wiggle issues even asked to see it again!

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I followed up the lesson by helping the kids create a picture of a Martian alien in a flying saucer in their journals by using Doceri Desktop to step them through the drawing. One kid said, “Wait you’re going too fast!” So, I backed up the drawing and replayed it on the slow setting a few times.

Try that with an analogue whiteboard! It helps to have an image that the kids create themselves to use as inspiration for writing. Once the picture was complete we created a topic sentence on- screen together. They took the writing from there and finished a paragraph story describing the illustration.

To recap, I spiced up a drab subject for my students with an illustrated screencast that I created. The kids loved the fact that their teacher created a video that was on YouTube.

The screencast offered a visual and auditory prep for a kinesthetic activity to cement the concept. Even the hardened struggling learners softened a bit at this educational offering.

Yes – screencasts can be used for an English class. Doceri allows me to integrate my artistic talents into my academic lessons which in turn allows me to connect with my struggling students in ways I would never have imagined possible.

Hopefully, this will be the last time my students will have to suffer through the dreaded topic sentence lesson.