This week we took time to explore VoiceThread.
What is VoiceThread? Here is the website’s description of the product –
“With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.”
VoiceThread offers free educator accounts, and again, I would create a generic classroom email for all of your students to use so that all of the projects are in the same place. VoiceThread provides a GREAT library of examples for you to look at. Most examples include actual lesson plans as well.
The site offers some free tutorials as well. You may want to check out 1 minute VoiceThread, comment moderation, and What’s a VoiceThread anyway?
This is a great digital storytelling tool for your classroom if you are looking for a free and easy way for your students to collaborate. All VoiceThreads are embeddable, so you can put them on your website, blog, wiki, etc.
Today we explored www.voki.com. According to their site, “Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.”
Watch this quick tutorial video about how to use the Voki site. Again, I would recommend creating a classroom Gmail account so that all of the student Voki’s are saved under one account. Voki’s are also “embeddable,” so you can add them to your webpage, blog, wiki, etc.!
There are LOTS of ways to use Voki’s in the classroom. Here are just a few ideas:
· Give literary characters a voice
· Biographies or autobiographies
· Practicing fluency
· Introducing new units
· Many more!!!
BrainPop and BrainPop Jr. provide GREAT supplemental activities for your classroom! According to their website, “BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.” Most activities provide an informational movie, supplemental activities, Q&A, quizzes, and more! There is also an area where you can go to find activities that are aligned to Wisconsin State Standards – BrainPop Standards Alignment . BrainPop Jr. also provides a list of activities by subject area.
This year, we officially became subscribers to the website. If you are a West De Pere School District employee, please let me know if you need the password. For those of you that aren’t subscribers to BrainPop, there are still several activities that you can try for FREE!
If you haven’t had a chance to play around with BrainPop this year, I hope you find a chance to do so. The site is a ton of fun!
This week, we discussed and “played” around with the FREE Web 2.0 tool, BLABBERIZE.
Click HERE to view the example that I created!
As you can see, Blabberize offers a way for you to add voice to any picture. Imagine students giving an endangered animal a voice? Or how about a literary character or famous person? Or maybe they could upload their own picture to introduce themselves to the class? There are so many possibilities!
It is FREE to set up an account. My advice to you would be to set up ONE account that your whole class can use so that all of your finished products are in the same place. You will need a microphone to record the voice for the project. When you are finished, you can also embed these projects into your website, wiki, blog, etc.
Blabberize is a TON of fun! Let me know if you need any help or if you get stuck!