How I Use It
Interactive whiteboards and slates serve many purposes. I use them as a way to get out from behind my desk and in the "pit" with students. I can take attendance in the first 5 minutes while circulating throughout the room during a warm-up activity. When I spot check for homework completion I am able to enter grades directly into the gradebook or record comments, eliminating the need for paper to digital data entry later. Sometimes I prefer to take notes using my document camera, but the slate feature allows me to take and save notes on a plain screen or annotate an image I am projecting from my monitor. Another helpful feature is the built in screencasting. I occasionally use Google Slide presentations (PowerPoints) and play videos as part of my instruction. With Doceri I am able to control these features using my iPad instead of stuck behind my desk, which in turn allows me to better monitor student engagement and time on task. In the future I would like to try incorporating student participation, particularly when answering warm-up questions or studying for an exam.
For anyone who feels tethered to a desktop, this is a great way to get you moving around the room. With better proximity to students, you are better able to monitor their engagement and redirect off-task behavior. Overall, I think it was intuitive and easy to get started. With additional practice and experimentation I think most technology users would feel comfortable using it on a daily basis. I use a splitscreen in my classroom so I can multi-task. For example, I can display a warm-up problem on my projector screen while taking roll on my monitor screen. The Doceri software allowed me to choose which screen I was controlling; however, it only allowed me to use the annotation features on my primary monitor. This was the only real downside I could find, but since most teachers run their projectors off a single display it doesn't seem like much of an issue.