Sunday, May 25, 2008

Voice Thread is such an exciting Web 2.0 tool

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:

http://voicethread.com/share/8316/

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.

http://voicethread.com/share/8255/

I hope sharing the content in this blog will inspire more of us to use these collaborative tools with our students next year.

2 comments:

Colette Cassinelli said...

I am collecting examples of how educators are using Voicethread in their classroom or for professional development on a wiki at: http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/

My plan is to share these examples with other technology teachers who provide professional development in their schools.

Feel free to add your own examples or links to resources. Thanks in advance,
Colette Cassinelli
http://www.edtechvision.org

Mrs. Stanley said...

Hi,Colette,
I am so excited that you left a message on my blog. For such a long time I posted and received very few comments. Comments and connections are what keep the excitement in blogging as well as in Voice Threads.
I went to the link you provided and was very impressed with the resources you've gathered there.
I will definitely contribute the resource from the CEMA (Connecticut Educators' Media Association)site where I found the voice thread links I put into my blog.
In addition, one of our 7th grade teachers used Voice Thread with his students. Right now it is private, but I may be able to figure out how we can share.

I am looking forward to getting more of our teachers in my middle school using Voice Thread next year as well as using established Threads as a resource.

Thanks again for connecting.
Carolyn