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Educreations and Doceri: a user comparison

Joshua Bowman, aka @ThalesDisciple, popped up on Twitter a few days ago and said he planned to compare Educreations and Doceri. We’ve been waiting with baited breath!

The results are in, and Joshua says he’ll be using Doceri from now on. Read Whiteboard Comparison: Educreations vs Doceri, on the Thales Triangles blog.

Here’s an excerpt that highlights what Joshua calls the “make or break” feature:

“Here is the biggest difference, the one that for my purposes is the make-or-break feature: in Doceri, slides and recordings are stored as separate projects. You can lay out all of the materials in order, set up every stroke of every slide, establish pause points, and then use them as the basis for your recording, or even multiple recordings. But you don’t actually have to make a recording at all.”

What Joshua has discovered, is the magic of the Doceri Timeline. You see, Doceri was an interactive whiteboard application before we added screencasting. Doceri was originally designed so that you can create an entire presentation using multiple slides set up with stop points to reveal only a section of the presented material at a time.When the iPad running Doceri and a local Mac or PC using Doceri Desktop software are both resident on a WIFI network, the Doceri presentation can be projected using a regular classroom projector connected to the computer while the presenter moves around the room, controlling the presentation remotely – via the Timeline.

The magic really starts to happen when you add screencasting – which we did with our latest update of Doceri released just last month. Now, the Doceri Timeline adds whole new level of sophistication to iPad screencasting. The visual part of the screencast can be created, edited and perfected first and the audio added afterwards.

When you record the audio voice over, the original visual presentation remains intact. you can record a new screencast using the same visual presentation as many times as you like. You can also record your screencast in shorter “takes” and easily combine them by dragging one onto the other right in the Doceri app.

Of course, you can still record both the visual and audio portion at the same time, but it’s nice to know you have the option.

Here’s a short tutorial video showing how to work with the Doceri Timeline:

 

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