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Digital Rodeo CUE Monterey January 28th, 2017

Doceri’s Community Advocate, Jason GilmROdeoore will be presenting at Cue Rodeo http://www.digitalrodeo.net/

THIS SATURDAY !!!!! January 28, 2017 – 8:00am3:00pm, 

Seaside Middle School, 999 Coe Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

 

I will be sharing My Digital Teaching Tool Belt which is anchored by Doceri, of course. Particiapnts will experience a lesson from KWL to Grading and every app (including Nearpod, Edmodo, and Kahoot!) that helps me give my students access to new content.

 

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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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.

Deadline:

Your registration and video must be submitted by February 28th, 2017. We will announce the winner in the end of March, 2017.
Click here for the contest registration Form

Nearpod and Doceri CoModerated #TOSAChat 01/16/17

#TOSAchat

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

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Recorded Webinar: How to Facilitate Learning Using Doceri

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

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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.

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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.

MY CLASS

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.

 

NEW METHODOLOGY

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.

THE NEXT STEP

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.

The 2015-2016 School Yearbook: Thanks for the EDUInnovation!

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The 2015-2016 school year was one crazy year! Here’s a collection of some of the highlights. Glad you were there to share all of the amazing EDU innovation with us. Have a great summer! See you at ISTE 2016! Booth #2732.

 

 

Doceri + Apple Pencil+ iPad Pro: Like Butta!

imageHave you ever cut into butter with a warm knife? Slides right through, right? (like butta!) Using Doceri with the Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro feels just like that. Previous to the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro I was using Doceri on an iPad2 with a Jot Script stylus and I thought that was great. Boy was I wrong! The only thing better than using the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro is paper and pencil. It’s the best stylus/ tablet combo I have tried thus far.

The Pencil connects to the iPad Pro via Bluetooth 4.2. It only works with the iPad Pro series. The pencil is rechargeable by sticking the non writing end into the charging port. Amazingly, to fully charge it only takes 30 minutes. I often forget to recharge after my classes but if I charge it for about 20 seconds it’s good to go for a class or two. image

The butta’ part is the smoothness in drawing. It feels well balanced in my hand where as the Jot feels heavier in the back compared to the tip. The pressure sensitivity seems great on the Pencil. The palm rejection is 98% of the time accurate. I have actually attempted to make marks with my palm while drawing but it’s actually hard to make, which is great!

Reliability, consistency, and feel in your hand; Apple Pencil is superior to every low cost and expensive stylus I have used before. It just feels natural, which is quiet an accomplishment for a high tech drawing solution. If you’re thinking of flipping with Doceri; go all in. The combo will make your screencast development easy. Just go to the Apple Store and give the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil a try. Ask them to download Doceri and demo the tool set for yourself. You will be glad you did! Below is one of my first screencasts with Apple Pencil and Doceri “A Brief History of Muralism.”

 

Doceri + Minecraft = Math Engagement: Benjamin Cogswell 1.2

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 4.13.24 PM“Minecraft in the classroom is AMAZING!” states Benjamin Cogswell,  Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for Alisal Union School District. He goes on to say, “There are so many teachable moments within this flexible learning environment. Constructing the setting of a book, mixing chemicals to understand science, and manipulating blocks to understand fractions are just a few examples of the possibilities.” However, he did encounter a problem during this math exercise development, how to keep their students accountable for using Minecraftedu. Teachers needed to see student work to show their thought processes without the teachers looking at each individual iPad. The solution: Doceri.

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 4.12.35 PMBen said that in March he was lucky enough to experience Minecraft in the classroom for the first time. As a TOSA he collaborated with three 4th grade classrooms on implementing Minecraft in the classroom to help build understanding of basic number sense. 

Their first lesson focused on understanding benchmark fractions like ½ and ¼ and their equivalents. Ben said, “We built fraction blocks in Minecraft, and with a simple screenshot using Doceri, we were able to annotate our fractions.” At the end, a class recording using their final screenshots was produced. Next, Ben said he posted the class video on YouTube so students would have an example to take home. “The class recording is by no means perfect, but it is real, reviewable, and rewindable. I think that’s pretty awesome!,” Ben stated. According to Ben the effort and experimentation was well worth it to see the students so engaged in math.

Kenny Bosch 1.2: Is Doceri a smarter choice than a SMART Board?

Recently Kenny Bosch, Doceri high school teacher wrote a blog post titled Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 5.50.58 PM

Educators Embracing Doceri In it he describes how Doceri has replaced his colleagues’ SMART Board and why. Even Kenny’s administrator is exploring flipping the staff meetings.

Click on the above link to go to Kenny’s full post. Below are highlights from the post.

“I have been  using Doceri for the past four years to transform my classroom by freeing me from being tethered to my computer or SMARTboard, providing creative freedom to create content on the fly, and creating flipclass videos to make the best use of class time with my students.” - Kenny Bosch

“The main problem I had with my SMARTboard was that I have always felt constricted to my computer space located at the front of the room. After learning how to use Doceri, I have found myself roaming to help students, teaching from the back of the room so that I can see the SMARTboard from the students’ perspective, and next year, I will finally be able to arrange my room in a way that frees me from my SMARTboard. Thanks Doceri!”

--Becca Hirtz, English Teacher, Muskego HS 

doceri pic“Doceri has provided me the opportunity to engage students by literally bringing the Smart Board to them. My students love being able to participate and share their math understanding from the comfort of their small group. Students are able to work together and learn from each other in a much more efficient and interactive way thanks to Doceri, Not to mention, they love seeing their work on the iPad appear on our Smart Board.”

Kim Nordlie, Math Teacher, Bay Lane Middle School

“An application of Doceri is the voice-over feature.  Mr. Bosch uses it to deliver flipped lessons in his history classes to allow students to access material at home. His flipped Doceri lessons allow him to ensure all his students have access to lessons (even twice if needed!) and helps him to use his valuable class time to check for understanding, create engaging activities, and differentiate his instruction as needed.  Powerful stuff. Outside of the classroom I have even seen Mr. Bosch use Doceri to improve his coaching…”

--Associate Principal Andrew Bavlnka, Muskego HS