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VoiceThread (http://ed.voicethread.com/) is a great resource for providing an authentic audience for students, in a social and interactive learning environment. It can be used with an individual project, or throughout the year. Taken directly from the VoiceThread site, it allows users to upload “images, documents, and videos and...
VoiceThread (http://ed.voicethread.com/) is a great resource for providing an authentic audience for students, in a social and interactive learning environment. It can be used with an individual project, or throughout the year. Taken directly from the VoiceThread site, it allows users to upload “images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.”
VoiceThread is user-friendly to both students and teachers. After modeling and providing printed instructions to my 3rd and 4th grade students, they were generally able to upload, record, and comment independently. You can find more detailed information, easy-to-follow instructions, ideas and examples of how to use VoiceThread with students, on the VoiceThread site. Examples even include ways in which teachers have connected their students with classrooms across the globe.
The lesson plan I provide here was created for a graduate class in an educational technology certificate program. However, I am a practicing teacher who has used VoiceThread with students successfully. This lesson plan describes how I plan to use VoiceThread for 4th grade students to share their book reports with their classmates. They will record themselves describing a biography they have read, as well as relate to a challenge or struggle described in the biography. They will upload an illustration created in MS Paint or Pixie 2 to accompany their recording. Later, students will listen to each other’s VoiceThread recordings, and will post written comments and questions to each other. Requirements and strategies for posting and responding to comments will be described and modeled for students. (This information is described in more detail in the lesson plan I provide here.)
Very Nice! I would like to see some examples of student work. This is a bit different then the book reports I had to do in front of the class as a student. I like the Interaction connection part of the assignment. Where students are asked to create similarities between their challenges and the challenges the character in the biography has faced. This gives the assignment more meaning to the student because it is about him and he has to think about the text to relate it to him.
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3 years ago
I do a lot with different types of genres and found this lesson to be very interesting. Students are required to write a report, create a visual representation, a video book report, and research and respond to other students’ responses. This activity allows for all students to become active participants in the classroom through classroom presentations, and responding to other reports, in writing; students are also creating a book reports using many different resources such as Word, Paint, and video.
At first, I thought that it would be nice to have the students do a video book report, but then I went back and reviewed the lesson again, to be sure I did not miss anything, and I did; this lesson already included the use of video. I do not see any holes in this lesson and plan on trying it out in my classroom.