V Is For Voice Thread

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A presentation that I gave on VoiceThread to staff at my school. Some ideas and a rationale for using VoiceThread.

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V Is For Voice Thread

  1. 1. V is for VoiceThread
  2. 2. What is VoiceThread? <ul><li>An online application </li></ul><ul><li>Upload images </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on them </li></ul><ul><li>Simple </li></ul>
  3. 3. How can it be used? <ul><li>For digital story telling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biographical writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poetry – match words to images or images to words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinterpretation of an existing story </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To examine student thinking in solving a maths problem </li></ul><ul><li>To set a homework question </li></ul><ul><li>To critique a book or piece of art </li></ul><ul><li>To revise a topic </li></ul><ul><li>To unearth misconceptions in students’ thinking </li></ul><ul><li>For procedural writing or recount </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rationale for using a VoiceThread <ul><li>It is engaging </li></ul><ul><li>No downloads required </li></ul><ul><li>It is easy to monitor what students have done </li></ul><ul><li>It promotes critical literacy </li></ul><ul><li>It promotes collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>It gives a voice to students who are reticent in class </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks can be targeted at any level of Bloom’s taxonomy </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cautions <ul><li>Online safety – easy to address within application </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual property – need to educate students </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to upload something for students to comment on, but is it authentic learning? – a need to plan for VoiceThreads </li></ul><ul><li>How to assess? – Number of comments? Quality of thinking? Creativity of work? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Where to get images <ul><li>Make your own </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take photos of, or scan, student work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring photos from home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create images with drawing tools eg Black Cat, Photoshop, Paint, ActivStudio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload documents: Word, PDF, Excel, PowerPoint </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find on the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikimedia commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Show me how <ul><li>Creating a login </li></ul><ul><li>How to make a VoiceThread in one minute </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding a VoiceThread in the OLP </li></ul><ul><li>Making a VoiceThread private </li></ul>
  8. 8. Some favourites <ul><li>Hamlet for Children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://voicethread.com/share/20471/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>European art </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://voicethread.com/share/89671/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mental Maths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://voicethread.com/share/92987/ </li></ul></ul>

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