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Voice thread

  1. 1. Voice Thread for the Classroom Barbara McLaughlin OCDSB Brenda Sherry UGDSB Feb. 23, 2010
  2. 2. What is VoiceThread? <ul><li>VoiceThread is: </li></ul><ul><li>group conversations around images, documents or videos </li></ul><ul><li>a simple tool that allows you to Upload, Comment , and Share </li></ul><ul><li>a cross-curricular, cross grade tool </li></ul><ul><li>asynchronous </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Voice Thread?
  4. 4. Horizon Report 2009 <ul><li>Technology is increasingly a means for empowering students, a method for communication and socializing, and a ubiquitous, transparent part of their lives. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Traditionally, a learning environment has been a physical space, but the idea of what constitutes a learning environment is changing. </li></ul><ul><li>The &quot;spaces&quot; where students learn are becoming more community-driven, interdisciplinary, and supported by technologies that engage virtual communication and collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>This changing concept of the learning environment has clear implications for schools, where learning is the key focus of the space. </li></ul><ul><li>(Horizon Report, 2010) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Media Constructions <ul><li>Intrinsic part of Writing Process and Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Simple digital tools engage learners throughout process </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiation implications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Narration = Demonstration of Learning for struggling writers, reluctant speakers </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. edorigami.wikispaces.com
  8. 9. edweb.sdsu.edu
  9. 10. Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy
  10. 11. How to make a VoiceThread
  11. 12. How could you use VoiceThread in the classroom?
  12. 13. Curriculum Connections <ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>lab report with images </li></ul><ul><li>reporting conflicting hypotheses </li></ul><ul><li>invite an expert in to contribute to a discussion </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>timelines </li></ul><ul><li>reporting on an event </li></ul><ul><li>newscasts </li></ul><ul><li>presenting a photo and have people comment in role </li></ul>
  13. 14. Curriculum Connections <ul><li>French </li></ul><ul><li>Scripts </li></ul><ul><li>practice with fluency </li></ul><ul><li>invite a native French speaker to share in a discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Media Arts </li></ul><ul><li>posting videos or graphics and inviting comments on perspective, bias, deconstructing the intended and implied messages </li></ul>
  14. 15. Curriculum Connections <ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>demo of pythagorean theory with links to bio </li></ul><ul><li>math talks (ie. Using the whiteboard to explain how a math solution is found) </li></ul><ul><li>multiple representations of math solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Language Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Book talks </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons </li></ul><ul><li>Comments on issues (eg. Bullying) </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking independent reading reflections </li></ul>
  15. 16. Assessment OF Learning &quot;Not all students are able to demonstrate their learning through written assessments.&quot; D. Cooper, 2007   Assessment FOR Learning Check for understandings of concepts http://farm1.static.flickr.com/7/8395382_f6ae20d648.jpg
  16. 17. What teachers say… <ul><li>“ Students don’t have to wait until the cool kid has a chance to speak, everyone is free to contribute” Royan Lee </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone gets to learn from the feedback the teachers gives the students </li></ul><ul><li>The feedback loop is on-going (assessment for learning) and can involve students, teachers, experts, and invited guests </li></ul><ul><li>VoiceThread allows opportunities for student voice </li></ul>
  17. 18. http://digitallyspeaking.pbworks.com/Voicethread <ul><li>Excellent Examples of scaffolding student thinking using VT: </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight a comment from our Voicethread conversation that </li></ul><ul><li>closely matches your own thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Why does this comment resonate---or make sense to---you? </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight a comment from our Voicethread conversation that </li></ul><ul><li>you respectfully disagree with. If you were to engage in a </li></ul><ul><li>conversation with the commenter, what evidence/argument </li></ul><ul><li>would you use to persuade them to change their point of view? </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>Highlight a comment from our Voicethread conversation that </li></ul><ul><li>challenged your thinking in a good way and/or made you </li></ul><ul><li>rethink one of your original ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>What about the new comment was challenging? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you going to do now that your original </li></ul><ul><li>belief was challenged? Will you change your mind? </li></ul><ul><li>Will you do more researching/thinking/talking </li></ul><ul><li>with others? </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight the strand of conversation from our Voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>conversation that was the most interesting or motivating to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Which ideas would you like to have more time </li></ul><ul><li>to talk about? Why? What new topics does this conversation </li></ul><ul><li>make you want to study next? </li></ul>
  19. 20. What you need to do to get started… <ul><li>Go to www.voicethread.com and register for your free Educator Account </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Voice Thread for yourself to get to know how it works </li></ul><ul><li>Try inviting a few teachers to comment so that you can see how commenting and moderating works on your Voice Thread </li></ul>
  20. 21. VoiceThread Resources <ul><li>Tech2learn.wikispaces.com Brenda’s site for websites, user guides, rubrics about VT </li></ul><ul><li>NCS-Tech! Kevin Jarrett’s Site </li></ul><ul><li>voicethread4education.wikispaces.com </li></ul><ul><li>digitallyspeaking.pbworks.com/Voicethread </li></ul>

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