Common Sense Review
Updated November 2013

Doceri Interactive Whiteboard

Teachers, students can spice up presentations with well-done tool
Common Sense Rating 4
  • Use and present on the iPad or connect to a computer.
  • Model math problems.
  • Start with a blank screen and add your thoughts.
  • Use worksheets as backgrounds and have students fill in answers or model answers for students.
Pros
Record-as-you-go feature helps students track and narrate their thinking.
Cons
No text tool makes it difficult to add lots of text.
Bottom Line
Students can learn how to create unique slideshow presentations and demonstrate procedures, processes, and problem-solving skills by recording as they go.
Stacy Zeiger
Common Sense Reviewer
Homeschooling parent/instructor
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

It may take students time to get started, but once they do, they will appreciate the range of presentation tools and overall design.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Doceri empowers students to create presentations and make meaning of concepts for a variety of subjects. And the lessons on digital creation are baked in to the experience.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

A large library of sample projects provides kids with ideas and templates for starting their own projects, as well as a step-by-step welcome project to show them what to do.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

The range of backgrounds and the ability to record offer multiple uses for teachers. Social studies teachers may opt to use the map backgrounds to demonstrate population movement or help students learn to identify key features of specific areas of the world. Math teachers may also opt to make good use of the backgrounds, choosing different grids or graphs to show students how they create a particular type of graph or show what the answer to a problem looks like. Other teachers may add their own diagrams or photos as backgrounds and use the tools to label them, using the recording feature to describe each label as they go.

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What's It Like?

Whether you want an image to add to a presentation or want to create an entirely new presentation, Doceri offers tools to make it happen. Users may opt to run the app on an iPad alone or while running Doceri Desktop on a computer. Before you start a presentation, a library of sample presentations helps provide you with instructions and ideas. When you have an idea for your presentation, you start a new project and see a blank whiteboard with a range of tools at the top.

Choose a background such as a music staff, a map, graph paper, or a plain color, and start creating the presentation. Draw a picture, write out some text, or add in some shapes. Record motions as you go or finish the slide and record audio or additional graphics to play over it. Opt for a presentation with a single slide or multiple slides. Then save it all and play it back for others to see, or export it as a PDF.

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Is It Good For Learning?

With Doceri, students and teachers can create unique presentations to make lessons and projects more engaging. However, they can accomplish the same purpose with a lot of interactive whiteboard and creative presentation apps. What makes Doceri unique? The backgrounds and ability to add mini-recordings within a single presentation make it a little different from similar apps. Students can record how they solved a problem or demonstrate how to complete a task through those recordings. However, they may not want to create a whole presentation that way. All words have to be handwritten using a finger or a stylus, not typed through a font tool, which can make creating longer or text-heavy presentations frustrating.

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