+                                                 Using VoiceThread inMs. Caitlin Cornell                                 ...
+    Contents        What is VoiceThread?        Why is it useful for learning?        How to setup an account        ...
+    What is VoiceThread?      www.voicethread.com      Website        that you can set up as an assignment for students...
+    Pedagogical Advantages      It’s   interactive            The process of using VoiceThread in pairs or groups is ju...
+    Step 1: Account SetupMs. Caitlin Cornell
+    Step 2: Organize the Task      BEFORE YOU               CREATE ANYTHING:        You have to be prepared before you ...
+    Step 2: Organize the Task         How  does this assignment fit into the assessment for the whole course?           ...
+    Step 3: Choosing the Picture        Q: So, does the type of picture matter?        A: That depends!            What ...
+    Step 4: Finding and Saving the    Picture      Now   that you’ve chosen what kind of picture you want, how        do...
+    Step 5: Uploading the PictureMs. Caitlin Cornell
+    Step 5: (After) UploadMs. Caitlin Cornell
+    Step 6: Give Title, DescriptionMs. Caitlin Cornell
+    Step 6: Give Title, Description (and    Tag?)Ms. Caitlin Cornell
+    Step 7: Comment (record)Ms. Caitlin Cornell
+    Step 7: Comment (record)Ms. Caitlin Cornell
+    Step 8: Sharing OptionsMs. Caitlin Cornell
+    Step 9: Copy Link & Share      To   post in Blackboard, or a Word document, use this option        (it’s like copyin...
+ Step 10: Embed      Embedding   video is another good option, and thankfully        VoiceThread makes it really easy!Ms...
+    Step 11: Archiving ($2.99)      If you want to save your work “offline,” it’ll cost you, but it’s        nice to hav...
+    Step 12 : Instructions for Students      Be     as clear as possible about the requirements for the task:          ...
+    Technological Difficulties?      You     should expect to encounter problems the first time      What       can you...
+    Help Videos!Ms. Caitlin Cornell
+    Oral Activities      Individual        response (as homework or in lab)      Group          response            Ea...
+    Written Activities      Any      format of written responses based on any photo            The options are limitles...
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VoiceThread in Language Classes

  1. 1. + Using VoiceThread inMs. Caitlin Cornell Language ClassesHaigazian University2011 Haigazian University Language & Technology Workshop
  2. 2. + Contents   What is VoiceThread?   Why is it useful for learning?   How to setup an account   How to organize a VoiceThread task   Choosing an appropriate photo   Posting the photo   Instructions for students   Assessing the grade   Technical Difficulties?   ActivitiesMs. Caitlin Cornell
  3. 3. + What is VoiceThread?   www.voicethread.com   Website that you can set up as an assignment for students   Students can listen to and record voice responses to the image(s) postedMs. Caitlin Cornell
  4. 4. + Pedagogical Advantages   It’s interactive   The process of using VoiceThread in pairs or groups is just as helpful to learning as the final product that they submit online   It’s fun!   Photos of topics that interest students   Computers are more fun than regular class   For language teachers: it forces speaking practiceMs. Caitlin Cornell
  5. 5. + Step 1: Account SetupMs. Caitlin Cornell
  6. 6. + Step 2: Organize the Task   BEFORE YOU CREATE ANYTHING:   You have to be prepared before you explain to students!   What area of your course do you want to reinforce?   Speaking?   Listening?   Content (history, math, etc)?   Group-work?   How/when will the students complete it?   In-class? Do you have access to a computer lab?   At home? Dot hey have Internet access?   How long will you give them to complete the task?Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  7. 7. + Step 2: Organize the Task  How does this assignment fit into the assessment for the whole course?  Speaking tasks?  Homework grade?  In-class participation  How will you assess student work?  Individual, or group?  Effort, or content?  What language elements?  Pronunciation?  Grammar?  Listening  Fluency?  More than one element at once? Will they have equal weight?Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  8. 8. + Step 3: Choosing the Picture Q: So, does the type of picture matter? A: That depends!   What area of your course do you want to reinforce?   Vocabulary? (Choose a photo representation of a particular word)   Grammar? (Choose photos that will elicit a certain form; the instructions for students also help target this)   Pronunciation? (Choose photos that elicit certain sounds)Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  9. 9. + Step 4: Finding and Saving the Picture   Now that you’ve chosen what kind of picture you want, how do you find it?   Google images is a great place to start!   But, beware of copyright laws (it’s really best to use your own photos)   It’s recommended that you save your picture on your computer before you post it   That way, if you encounter problems, you can retrieve it and try againMs. Caitlin Cornell
  10. 10. + Step 5: Uploading the PictureMs. Caitlin Cornell
  11. 11. + Step 5: (After) UploadMs. Caitlin Cornell
  12. 12. + Step 6: Give Title, DescriptionMs. Caitlin Cornell
  13. 13. + Step 6: Give Title, Description (and Tag?)Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  14. 14. + Step 7: Comment (record)Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  15. 15. + Step 7: Comment (record)Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  16. 16. + Step 8: Sharing OptionsMs. Caitlin Cornell
  17. 17. + Step 9: Copy Link & Share   To post in Blackboard, or a Word document, use this option (it’s like copying & pasting)   You’ll get the following confirmation message:Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  18. 18. + Step 10: Embed   Embedding video is another good option, and thankfully VoiceThread makes it really easy!Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  19. 19. + Step 11: Archiving ($2.99)   If you want to save your work “offline,” it’ll cost you, but it’s nice to have the option, especially for longer/more involved VoiceThreads.Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  20. 20. + Step 12 : Instructions for Students   Be as clear as possible about the requirements for the task:   What must each student do? (If pairs or groups, do they all have the same role?)   How many different steps are there, and what are they?   How much time will students have to complete each step?   How will they be graded?   Also be as clear as possible about the technological steps involvedMs. Caitlin Cornell
  21. 21. + Technological Difficulties?   You should expect to encounter problems the first time   What can you do?   Have the first trial in class, so you can be there to help students   Make the first assignment a practice one, not for a grade   Learn from your mistakes, make changes, and try it again laterMs. Caitlin Cornell
  22. 22. + Help Videos!Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  23. 23. + Oral Activities   Individual response (as homework or in lab)   Group response   Each group has a conversation about their photo (each group has a different photo)   Each group responds orally to their own photos, then they enter another photo for another group and listen to their original response (they could respond orally to the other group’s response, too!)   Pair response   Both students have a conversation about the photo   One student responds to the photo, and the other student responds to the first response (ex. agree/disagree)Ms. Caitlin Cornell
  24. 24. + Written Activities   Any format of written responses based on any photo   The options are limitless!   Written responses based on the first oral responses (ex. as a second step in a project)Ms. Caitlin Cornell

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