Type of technology: iPad App/Desktop App
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade Level: K-12
Subject area: Any subject
Have you ever had a student approach you wanting to know if you did anything in class yesterday? You bite your tongue so that a sarcastic response cannot escape your lips as you recall the six different ways you taught your class how to factor and the thorough examples and guided practice you provided the 35 students who were NOT skiing in Mammoth on a school day. It is an absolute thrill to be able to send your students to your YouTube channel to get the lesson that they missed. For this reason, Doceri is the darling of the Interactive Whiteboard Apps. I used to use ShowMe for this purpose, but switched to Doceri a couple years ago so that the lessons I make can be directly uploaded to my YouTube channel instead of being stored on the ShowMe website.
I teach math and I love that Doceri provides a plethora of choices of graph paper for the background. It also allows me to take a picture of a word problem and put it on the slide and annotate it and show my work while I record my lovely voice explaining it. (I wish there was a way to change my voice to something cool like a British guy. But alas, this is not an option….yet.). I can also take a screenshot of graphs from Desmos and put them in. Another cool thing about this app is that you can control the recording. You can set up your examples and graphs on slides ahead of time and then record the explanation later. The recording can also be paused, which makes your video smoother, eliminating down time while you are writing down the problems, etc.
Making these videos takes some time at first, but you will get more efficient at it. The pay-off is that once the lesson is made and posted to YouTube, it can be viewed by your students at their leisure and repeatedly. Some teachers have chosen to “flip” their math classes, meaning the homework for the day is to watch the lesson at home and then problem sets are tackled in class the following day. I use it mainly to fill in when I’m going to be absent. One thing I haven’t done yet, but want to try, is to have students make lessons to share with classmates, also a very cool possibility.
I’ve reviewed this app as a math teacher, but I’m sure those of you who teach other subjects, or multiple subjects, can imagine how you might use it for your inspiring lessons. Doceri is very easy to use and I highly recommend you give it a try. If you are already using Doceri, feel free to post a response telling how you use it in your classroom!