Review by Stacy Zeiger, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2017
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Doceri Interactive Whiteboard

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Teachers, students can spice up presentations with well-done tool

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Pros: Record-as-you-go feature helps students track and narrate their thinking.

Cons: No text tool makes it difficult to add lots of description.

Bottom Line: Students can learn how to create unique slideshow presentations and demonstrate processes and problem-solving skills by recording as they go.

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 can also 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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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 samples 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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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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Overall 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'll 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 creations, as well as a step-by-step welcome project to show them what to do.


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Stacy Zeiger Homeschooling parent

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Anna B. , Classroom teacher
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Mohave High School
Bullhead City, AZ
5
Excellent: and the non-text feature, you can copy and paste text from a text box in PP or Word. Problem solved.

I like it a lot. It frees me from sitting behind a desk or stuck to the smartboard. I can move around the room, and I can switch between Doceri and Nearpod as I am attempting to do. The non-text part that people put as a con simply means they have yet to try copy & paste. I can write text in either word or PP (typing or voice to text) and then copy and paste any text I want into Doceri. I also create equations in word, snap the equation (as a picture) and then place them in doceri. I only handwrite the solutions (showing work) and nothing else. It is much more versatile then people give it credit for.

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