After a lovely afternoon and a tea party in my backyard, I decided I'd better spend a little time on school work.
I followed a link from an email from CASL to their Web 2.0 wiki. There I found several links to collaboration done using the Web 2.0 tool called "Voice Thread". I had experimented with this some months ago, and Mr. Doyle used it with some of his classes. It is a really neat way to get kids talking about a topic. They can record their voices or type a response.
I found a teacher generated "voice thread" on the topic of evaluating websites. It was a tutorial not open to responses from viewers, but it offered a link to embed it which I copied and will paste below:
I was also impressed with how students can use this tool to do quick book reviews accompanied by pictures they have drawn of a scene from their book. You can listen in sequence, or if you click on the graphic (4 squares) in the bottom right hand corner of the frame, you can see all of the different frames included in the voice thread and choose to listen in any order you choose. Check it out.
I hope sharing the content in this blog will inspire more of us to use these collaborative tools with our students next year.