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SP Controls and Doceri at ISTE 2017

Welcome to ISTE 2017!  iste 2017 BTeam Doceri is ready to field any Doceri and , Smart Panels, other solutions, including Doceri! Add us into your ISTE plan and see something simple yet effective to help you connect your students with your presentations.

 SEE YOU AT BOOTH 1440 in the middle of the Expo Hall.

Doceri user Contest Winner: Mark Willis

We have a WINNER!! of the Doceri user video contest to win an IPAD PRO AND APPLE PENCIL is… 

Mark Willis!!!  Congratulations Mark! 

Here’s a previous Doceri Teacher Feature About Mark.

Now the winning entry…

Interview with Doceri user video Contest Winner: Mark Willis

Learn more about how Doceri has helped Mark create 5000 instructional videos for his high school level math students.

Jason Gilmore, Doceri Community Advocate’s  interview with Mark Willis.

Doceri Teacher Feature: Toni Weiss

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Name:  Toni Weiss

School: Tulane University

State: New Orleans, Louisiana

Job Title: Senior Professor of Practice, Department of Economics; Associate Director, Tulane’s Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching

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

Let me start by saying that I have never used PowerPoint when I teach. I teach very large classes (190 students) in a theater type setting. As I lecture, I walk around the room, writing on my iPad, while everything is projected onto the large screen. So, I am essentially using the iPad and Doceri as if I was writing on a chalkboard in the front of the room. The ability to be mobile in the classroom has revolutionized my lectures!

Having content up on the screen makes it significantly easier for all students to see the material, including those who might have a sight impairment. Second, being able to walk among my students, makes the class significantly more engaging – I am no longer the “sage on the stage.” I can address smaller groups of students. Plus, projecting my voice from  different parts of the room keeps the students more focused. I feel like I am having a conversation with my students rather than talking at them.

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As a check for understanding, I can hand my iPad to students and ask them contribute to solving a problem. Economics requires a lot
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I can further support my students by being able to save the notes an upload them to Canvas so students who have more difficulty taking notes don’t miss any information. Of course, I don’t write down everything I say, so the students still need to pay attention.

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

Only positive – the students routinely comment on course evaluations that they like that the notes are put up on the screen.

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

As I said earlier, Doceri has allowed me to actually interact with the students where before it was more difficult.

Have you flipped your classroom?

No, I use a modified-flipped pedagogy. I incorporate lecture as well as active learning into every class period.

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

I think the hardest part has been manipulating the screen on the iPad as I walk around and even more, getting used to writing on the iPad. I spent a lot of time before bringing it into the classroom practicing my writing. Realizing that I could turn the iPad so it is on landscape rather than portrait and then blowing up the screen helped amazingly.

Highlights from Fabulous Doceri Teachers on the Web!

Doceri Teachers are resourceful and imaginative. See for yourself!


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SE Teacher at Grand Haven High School, Adrianne Brown’s fantastic algebra notes using Doceri. Wish we had Ms. Brown as our Math Teacher back in the day!  “I HIGHLY recommend the iPad Pro for Doceri videos! This app flipped my classroom! Easy upload to YouTube and more!”







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Ana Catalina Romero’s Class exploring angles using pattern blocks in 4th grade. Modeling to find answers using Doceri to explain their thinking!











Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 10.15.10 PMMs. McIntosh’s 3rd grade thinks Doceri is great for recording math videos because students can go back and watch!












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Erin Gerdes’ class uses interactive activities, collaborative math games, & explaining learning with the help of Doceri during 3rd grade math at GHES Gators.








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Matt Salomone mixes analogue white board with Interactive Doceri WhiteBoard. Cool idea! “Annotating my students’ board work from the back row is fun. Thanks Doceri!”












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Another creative mix of analogue and digital by a brilliant Doceri teacher and her students! Don’t forget, digital and realtime are great partners. Ms. Bear 4th grade teacher: “Students sharing their strategies in math using #doceri Interactive WhiteBoard!










Contest: Want to Win an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil?

We are asking the question: How do you use the full Doceri System (iPad App and Doceri Desktop) to engage your students and facilitate learning?

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Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil photo from Apple.com

SP Controls would like to celebrate the 21st century teacher that has stepped away from the front of the classroom with the help of Doceri Desktop and the Doceri iPad App. So we’re having a contest. We’re asking for teachers like you to share a 2-3 minute long video of you highlighting your use of the FULL Doceri system.

  • How do you use Doceri Desktop in combination with the Doceri iPad App?
  • How does being mobile help you access your students?
  • How does making screencasts help your students access your curriculum?
  • Do you use it for differentiation? How does Doceri help you be the teacher that you want to be?

The video with the best and clearest explanation of how a teacher uses both Doceri Desktop and the Doceri iPad App to personally to connect with each of their students to support their learning will

win an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil!

The contest requirements are as follows:

  • Contest registration form (link below)
  • Produce a 2-3 minute recording of you using Doceri in your classroom.
  • Upload your video to YouTube and share the link when completing the registration form.


Your video must include:

  • You stating your name, role in education, grade(s), school, district, State/Province, and Country.
  • Describe how you usually run a lesson in your class and how the Doceri system enhances your curriculum. The more you show us rather than tell us how Doceri helps you the better your chances to win.
  • Video of you using Doceri Desktop and interacting with students during a lesson.
  • At least one clip from one or more of your Doceri Screencasts.


Your video can also include:

  • Clip(s) of student Doceri screencast
  • Student(s) talking about how they feel about Doceri in their classroom.
  • Release form required if including students in your video.


Click here for the contest registration Form


Your registration and video must be submitted by April 14th, 2017. We will announce the winner at the end of  April, 2017.

Nearpod and Doceri CoModerated #TOSAChat 01/16/17


Doceri and Nearpod  co-moderated #TOSAchat on “Facilitated Learning in a Student Centered Environment through edtech”on January 16th at 8pm PST, 10PM CST, 11PM EST.

Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) is a chat on Twitter every Monday night at 8pm PST for TOSAs (teachers on special assignment), including all edtech and instructional coaches. Co-creators/moderators @cogswell_ben @karlymoura @jyoung1219 @kmartintahoe


Recorded Webinar: How to Facilitate Learning Using Doceri

Webinar with the author of Screen-To-Screen Selling, Doug DeVitre


On September 29th SP Controls and Doug Devitre, Author of Screen to Screen Selling hosted a webinar titled:  Advanced Teaching Techniques Using Doceri Interactive Whiteboard

“We are architects of learning. We know where the students need to go and we have the content to get them there. Each session can build on the session before. Doceri allows the teacher to build content.”

– Doug Devitre

During this webinar Doug, Jason Gilmore, and a cast of global teachers talked about using Doceri to enable Facilitated Learning. This teaching method flips traditional instructional methods on its head by involving the students in the discussion rather than giving them a prescribed Power Point style presentation. This method is known in the education world as being Student Centered. Would you like to use a digital KWL chart, find out what your students want to learn or know already? With this method, Doceri allows you to include student voice/ inquiry in your lesson’s reviewable content in the form of a recording or printable PDF. This webinar is chockfull of nuts and bolts not only in using Doceri but in how to break away from the front of the room, include students in the presentation of new content, and produce reviewable material in different media. This webinar is an hour long but it’s a mile deep in useful technological based teaching techniques.

    Watch the webinar here

Doug Devitre: Doceri Supports a Student Centered Approach

Doceri Supports a Student Centered Approach

Doug DevitreDoug Devitre is the author of a book called Screen-to-Screen Selling (McGraw Hill, 2015). In his book he outlines his method of conducting business consulting/ coaching online using video conferencing software and Doceri. Doug’s work applies directly to classroom teaching because the way he uses Doceri is unique.

He first fosters a conversation with his clients, finds out what they know, what they want to know, and works help them learn a new and more efficient way of conducting their business. Sound familiar (K,W,L Chart)? Doug preloads his iPad with all sorts of charts, graphs, infographics in his iPhoto and accesses them as backgrounds for annotation and recording during his online and classroom sessions. He is pioneering an intuitive and student centered education method in his field. This is a method we think any teacher can benefit from.

Doug is offering a free webinar on his student/centered approach on Sep 29, 2016 7pm EST, 6:00 PM (GMT-5:00) Central Time, 4PM PST (US and Canada)

Click here to Register for the Webinar.

Backflip into the New School Year

Coming back to school this year has caused me to rethink my entire pedagogy. Why? I have a unique opportunity and I know there is a better way (to teach). I teach at Lawrence Cook Middle School as a special educator in Santa Rosa, California. We are a developing community school. A community school is one where there are real wrap-around services available to both parent and student. There are non-profit support services on campus that support learning like a therapy service agency that serves as many kids in the school as possible. Another organization offers free services to the parents like English classes,  advice on finances, immigration law, and free preschool.


These are amazing things for a population where 98% of the families qualify for free and reduced lunch. The school is mostly made up of students from a Hispanic background. Many parents are from Mexico and the kids are 1st generation American. It is hard to connect with parents because they’re time and resources are impacted. The point is, my students have deep needs. We talk a lot during staff meeting about vicarious trauma. This is the stress taken on by working with students in chronic stress or trauma from their challenging home lives.

We have taken steps to alleviate their stress and bring more calm into their lives by installing quiet time (mindfulness sessions) into the bell schedule. It’s 15 min in 1st period and 15 min in 6th period. So far so good. I’d say they’re is a very different feeling in the school than there ever has been thanks to the mindfulness.

However, I am not writing this post to talk about mindfulness. I am writing this post to talk about the flipped classroom I am creating on the fly and the NEED for it. My students have a very difficult time taking notes and following lectures even with the notes projected. Direct instruction in whole group can be hard at times. Trauma becomes loud in kids’ brains when their surroundings quiet down and require sustained focus. I can teach in a direct instruction form, but I know there’s a better way, especially for the population I am trying to reach.


We decided that we needed another choice in a small group setting in our school. So, this year I get to start a Maker Space/ class for kids with IEP’s. My background is as a muralist. I am starting there. Last year we created a mural that I directed. This year my goal is to help my sixty kids with 4 special ed classes on their schedules learn how to create their own murals and be their own project director. In order to do this they need the following:

  • Basic drawing skills
  • Basic color theory knowledge
  • Measuring skills
  • Understand and utilize ratio and proportion
  • Be able to plan and implement a project timeline
  • Present a design and discuss it’s theme
  • Complete the project according to the mural process outlined in class.



To make this happen I could run the whole learning experience via direct instruction, practice, and reteaching. I have done this and student mastery is limited. Kids interrupt. Kids schedules with therapy and counseling interrupt OFTEN. Kids are often absent. It’s hard to get everyone up to speed the old way.IMG_1687

What I need to do is teach via video. Here’s an episode that I was inspired to go this way from the Flipped Learning Network Worldwide Podcast with Jon Bergmann. Doceri is already my number one teaching tool. I never want to teach without it again! I never want to stand in front of the class again. Doceri allows me to control my PC which is connected to my projector from anywhere in the room. I want to be near my students. However, it takes time to create videos.Recently, I have been hitting the record button during one of my four classes. I have already used the saved videos for kids transferring into the class to catch up. The stops on the timeline are SOOO helpful when I play back what I drew out in my 1st period class for my 4th period class. Just tap record set it up with my instructions, then hit play and all of my drawing plays out to the stop mark. Then, I pause the recording when I go to check kids work. At the end of period 4 I have a record of the lesson for the day. If period 4 was a bit chatty then I have 2 other classes to get a decent recording.


My next step is to create more basic drawing screencasts ahead of time so they can view them on their own using a class iPads. Yes. I have sixteen iPad 2’s. I told you I was in a unique situation. It will be a LOT of work upfront but will be so worth it. My goal? To become that guide on the side that every teacher has heard about. I want the kids to be more responsible for the synthesis of the lessons. Then, I can spend more time supporting and less time recording and creating lessons on the fly. My students deserve as much attention from me as possible. My students deserve me flipping my class with Doceri. I hope you enjoy this chronicle of the pitfalls and successes of my flipclass journey. This is a better way.