Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ideas for Using VoiceThread, A Powerful Learning Tool!

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What is a VoiceThread?  Check this introduction video.

Looking for samples of ways VoiceThread has been used in a variety of classrooms, K-12? This wiki, VoiceThread4Education is your excellent source. Samples are sorted by grade level.

VoiceThread is an excellent tool to promote the 4 C’s: Communication, Commenting, Creativity, and Collaboration. I am including a link to access from a wiki a Slide Show (use arrow keys to advance through the show) that outlines these four features as well as links to specific VoiceThreads that illustrate each concept.

Once you access the wiki, VoiceThread4Education, note the side links to access VoiceThreads by grade level and to meet other needs.

Here is a list and links to some of the model VoiceThreads you will find through the wiki. In addition, the links will take you to the teacher tips about the VoiceThread, and then as you scroll down the page, you will find the VoiceThread itself. Use the arrow keys to advance through the VoiceThread. Be sure to have sound on and to click on the comments and soundbites alongside the displays as you go through the VoiceThreads. The listed VoiceThreads are categorized by the feature they exemplify: commenting, collaboration, commenting, or creativity, though all VoiceThreads are likely to integrate all four features in some way. Check the wiki, VoiceThread4Education, often for additions, and if you create with your students a model VoiceThread, be sure to add it to the wiki.




Other Examples shared

Thank you to Colette Cassinelli for sharing this excellent information at the June 2011 International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Conference.

1 comment:

Christine said...

I have a newfound appreciation for this website! Thank you for introducing it to us.

This is such a powerful tool. Allowing the students to work in a collaborative environment, showcase their work AND have the ability to talk about it? How amazing.

As a primary teacher, I always have my host of worries when it comes to my class and technology. One is personally identifiable information. I am always afraid of who sees what information-- I know this is easily controlled. Also, the cost is a deterrent for me. however, the website is so powerful that I would love to convince the administration at my school to give it a try!

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