Exploring the use of iPads and mobile devices in education.
Our school has invested in a set of 25 iPads and we were thinking of dividing them p one per teacher. I thought both Doceri and Splashtop Whiteboards would give our teachers a great way to use their laptops connected to the digital projectors and make it so their aren't tethered to where they are connected. What are your thoughts on the two programs I've found many pros and cons for each and am looking for an outside opinion before I give a recommendation to the staff. Any thoughts?
I have had good luck with Splashtop. It seems to allow me to use the programs I want, at times it cuts the sound from my computer out. The other thing I have found very useful is an apple TV connected to my projector and then mirroring my iPad. You need an iPad 2 for this to work. I view whatever is on my iPad.
Katie-- what did you decide? Doceri or Splashtop? I have been contemplating the same thing. I want to make the best decisions because they are both costly. Would love your input!
I've still been playing around with both, I'm piloting them to make a decision for our school on which way to go. I really WANT to like Splashtop Whiteboard because it has so many great whiteboard features, but every time I try to use it it disconnects in the middle of the lesson, its really frustrating, I don't know if it just needs a fix or what but I always seem to fall back on Doceri. The whiteboard features aren't as cool but it always works and does what I need it too. I know it's not the definite answer you were looking for but unless Splashtop fixes the connecting error it's not worth it.
Steve from Splashtop here. Just to let you know that we did resolve some connectivity issues with the latest update released last week. Please update your app and let me know if that helps.
Yes, I updated last week and now it's the AMAZING app I knew it would be!! I highly recommend Splashtop Whiteboard!!!
I use plain old Spashtop Remote, my "whiteboard tool" is whatever software I desire on my computer. It can be Open Office, SmartBoard Notebook, or a popular Microsoft product. I bought Splashtop Remote on sale, maybe at current prices Whiteboards is a better deal. The current prices at the apple store are $7 and $20.
I tried Doceri, bought found it harder to work with than Spashtop Remote.
Well if you hadn't heard Doceri released version 2.0 a few weeks ago and it is getting rave reviews. Too many new features to list here, but to name a few.
Easy way to use the iPad's camera to connect to your computer.
New free iPad stand alone version.
New drawing tools.
Voice Record for the "Flipped" classroom. Now you can hit the play button and as your annotations playback, you can simply record your voice and save as a video.
Seamlessly run Power Point and Keynote through Doceri and even annotate and save those without leaving the presentation program.
Doceri has just set the bar for all interactive technologies and when you include the one and only intelligent stylus ( Doceri goodPoint), it is pretty spectacular. But don't take my word for it. Download the trial version and see for yourself.