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Doceri in Mrs. Whitman’s 7th Grade Math Classroom

Anne Whitman went to a tech conference organized by her local County Education Office last February with a single goal: she had just bought an iPad, she recognized the potential for it to change her approach to teaching, and she was there to find out how.

“I fell in love with Doceri from the moment I saw the demo,” she says. “Over the course of the day, I went back to the Doceri booth at least three times to ask more questions and to drag fellow teachers to see it in action. It was one of those “OMG” moments for me. I went to the conference looking for a way to use my new iPad in my teaching, and Doceri gave me everything I had imagined – and more.”

Since February, Mrs. Whitman’s 7th grade math class has taken a significant turn.

“Doceri allows me to present a lesson from anywhere in the classroom; a big plus when trying to manage 32+ Middle School students,” she says. To actually see what I am writing and replay it while facing my students with my back to the board is amazing! I can work out equations ahead of time, or live in front of the students.”

Transitioning from Traditional Interactive Whiteboard
“My classroom came equipped with an interactive white-board and I found the software that accompanied it was not always able to address my needs as a math teacher,” she says. “Typing out math symbols or creating a simple fraction was not an easy task, but with Doceri, I can write any math problem without the need for special software.”

Student Engagement
Mrs. Whitman knows that her students are intrigued by the iPad. Its new, it’s cool, and it’s something that will engage them in the lesson. Using Doceri’s annotation feature, Mrs. Whitman invites students to participate in the lesson by solving problems and sharing their work while remaining at their desks. “Sharing their work without the need to leave their seats is a classroom management plus!” she says.

In this lesson, Mrs. Whitman created a PowerPoint presentation to show the relationship between triangles and trapezoids and used Doceri to annotate over the presentation showing how to use the formulas to find the area of the triangles.

Moving Forward – Doceri for teachers AND students
Mrs. Whitman plans to continue using Doceri in the fall, and she’s already thinking ahead to what would be a logical next step in her classroom. “I think it would be awesome if Doceri could accommodate more than one iPad at a time; a teacher iPad and student’s iPad,” she says. “I am looking forward to starting out the year using Doceri and looking forward to what you come up with next!”

Doceri Chief Architect Paul Brown has assured her that a multi-user version of Doceri is next on the agenda, to keep her one step ahead of the class.

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