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Technology & Open Textbook Summer Institutes 2015

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Come enjoy summer days in beautiful Moscow, ID, and use your expertise to help improve teaching and learning across the state!

In this series of Technology & Open Textbook summer institutes, educators will come together to create open textbooks on specific subjects. These textbooks will then be made available to all schools in the state of Idaho and may be freely shared electronically or printed without licensing fees.

Google Transform '15

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Google Tools for Transformational Change is a single day event that will bring together a group of experienced educators to share best practices on how Google Tools may be leveraged to effect transformational change in classrooms.

Registration is open to all current K-12 teachers in Idaho, and professional development credits are available (with PD scholarships available for University of Idaho alumni and students).

We're bringing together a great group of dynamic presenters to lead some great sessions on Google Tools, so join us, and get excited about the possibilities!

Workshop and Lab Calendar


This schedule shows both university and K-12 professional development workshops. K-12 events are prefaced with a (K-12) marking before the event title. Click on any event title for more details. Click here to join an online session.

iPevo Cameras at Northwest Children's Home

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In August of 2014, the Doceo Center very generously provided my school, the Northwest Children’s Home Education Center, with a new iPevo document camera and magnifier lens. It immediately attracted a great deal of interest from students and staff alike, partially since we had until that time very little in the way of digital educational tools and also because we had not been aware that a document camera with that degree of flexibility, quality, and affordability was available. It did not take us long to consider many possibilities for its use.

Initially, it served mostly as a curiosity to the students once I had taken it to my classroom. At that point, our ability to present digital media consisted of an old laptop with an even older television plugged into it. The quality and placement of the television limited what could be seen, and my own inexperience limited what we could make with the situation. The students however, made the most of the exploratory time that was given to them. They quickly learned how to operate the camera, both with the built-in controls and the installed computer program. In a very short time, they had created a wide variety of creative and goofy pictures and were inviting in the residential staff to view them.

Open Textbooks for Idaho K-12 Schools: Request for Proposals

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The Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning at the University of Idaho is pleased to announce that it is now accepting proposals from Idaho schools and districts interested in developing their own open textbooks.

Open textbooks are low-cost alternatives to traditional textbooks that can be freely and legally copied, printed, revised, adapted, and shared. Many open textbooks already exist on the internet, but it is sometimes difficult to find these textbooks, to ensure their quality, and to adapt them to local needs.

What is the Doceo Center?

What is the Doceo Center? What is its mission and how does it work with schools?

This 5-minute video provides a brief introduction to the work of the Doceo Center at the University of Idaho and showcases some examples of teacher educators using our resources to improve the work they are doing with university and K-12 students.

October 2014

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October marked the beginning of our Introduction to Open Education in K-12 MOOC, and we were excited to see around 40 educators sign up for the course. These educators represented all regions of the state of Idaho, and we also attracted attention from those outside the state. Guest interviews for this course have also been very exciting, as we've been able to record my conversations with leaders in the field on topics including open education, digital citizenship, and copyright. This course will remain open even as the synchronous learning experience winds down in mid-November so that those with interest in the topic can always access the recorded sessions and course content.

As has been the case in previous months, we also welcomed a number of people to tour and utilize our lab in October. We were happy to meet with Regent and State Board Member Dave Hill and UI President Chuck Staben this month and to share the work that we are doing in K-12 outreach and distance and extended education. We were also excited this month to host a partner workshop with EdElements. In this workshop, Idaho technology and education leaders got to experience hybrid approaches to education hands-on from a group that conducts training throughout the U.S.

September 2014

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How do you engage with students locally in the classroom and at a distance in a manner that builds community? This is a challenge we grappled with this month as we are hosting more courses in our lab that have a hybrid group of students: some local who meet face-to-face and some at a distance who meet virtually. The challenge that instructors typically deal with is that when they design their courses they must favor one group over the other. As a simple illustration, if you have a graduate course with nine people meeting locally and three people participating via videoconferencing, it becomes very difficult to promote discussion between participants in both contexts, and even very expensive video capture systems do not do a very good job of displaying multiple users in an effective manner.

To tackle this challenge, we wanted to stay away from extremely expensive solutions that would not be replicable in schools or other institutions but rather considered how we could use existing technologies that may have been designed with other purposes in mind to give all students an equal voice in the classroom. To create a prototype, we purchased a multichannel video surveillance system designed for security installations and mounted these cameras at our discussion stations in the face-to-face classroom. The surveillance system allows us to place a camera on each individual in the class and merge all of these video inputs together into a single video source, which may be used as a webcam.

August 2014

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August marked the end of the summer for the Doceo Center as most of our staff dispersed to the four corners of the world (or at least Idaho). Yet, this did not stop us from moving forward several key initiatives and gearing up for the Fall semester. In the month of August, we wrapped up our series of summer institutes, announced a brand-new K-12 open education MOOC, hosted various tours of our facilities, rolled out an innovative Online Teaching Studio, and began gearing up for Fall research and outreach efforts.

First, the Northwest Inland Writing Project (NIWP) Summer Institutes took a new form this year as a collaborative effort between NIWP, the Idaho Common Core Network, and the University of Idaho Doceo Center of Innovation + Learning. Two regional institutes were held for two weeks each. The first institute, with 24 teachers in attendance, took place at the University of Idaho’s Research Park in Post Falls during the last two weeks of June. This institute was facilitated by Mary Orr from NIWP, Barbara Crumb from Idaho Common Core Network, and Cassidy Hall from the Doceo Center. The first two weeks of August brought 17 teachers to attend at the Doceo Center Lab in Moscow with facilitators Jill Diamond from NIWP, April Niemela from Idaho Common Core Network, and Cassidy Hall from the Doceo Center. The focus for the institutes was to support the teaching of writing with the use of technology to meet common core standards.

Online Teaching Studio

The online teaching studio allows instructors of online courses to use the newest technologies to help support their online teaching and is constantly being upgraded with the newest and greatest technologies.  The studio is available for scheduling by all University of Idaho instructors and faculty by contacting Cassidy Hall.

Current tools include:

  • Dedicated high-end desktop (Windows 7, Intel i7 processor, 8GB RAM, SSD, gfx card, Blu-ray, Ethernet)
  • Two large Lenovo monitors
  • Wacom Intuos tablet
  • Wide-angle Logitech webcam
  • Wireless mic/headset (Bluetooth or adapter)
  • Bose speakers
  • Document camera
  • Comfy chairs