Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tech Savvy Tuesday- Voicethread & Mini Giveaway!


Well I missed Tech Savvy Tuesday last week while I was on my deathbed, or I at least felt like it!

I'm back this week though! (Stay tuned to the end for a chance to win a delicious treat!)

When I share something on my blog, I only share things that I use or plan to use.

One of my favorite technology collaboration tools to use in the classroom is Voicethread. It's free, easy and a very useful program for all age levels!


Has anyone used it out there in blog land? I have been using it for three years.  You know how when you use something so much, you just assume everyone else does??  So, I wanted to make sure all of my friends knew about this nifty program!

Here is a description of Voicethread from their website,

"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 slides 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."

Simply put, it is a live slideshow of images or videos and students/parents/colleagues can comment.  In my classroom, we usually use the microphone and record our voices.  The kids love hearing themselves talk.

Here is an example of the one we started last week about the Titanic.  It's not complete yet, but we are working on it!


I have used Voicethread in lots of differents ways.  Here are a few of them
    • Pictures from a field trip
    • Working out math problems (explaining thinking)
    • Drawing pictures from different chapters in a book and summarizing/commenting
    • Any content specific project
    • A-Z Slideshow
    • Student written poetry or stories
The possibilities are endless! I have seen Kindergarten students all the way to teachers in professional development using Voicethread. 

One of the coolest things is that you can collaborate with other classrooms at your school, county, state, country, etc!  Students are able to comment back and forth! 

If you are interested in step by step directions, visit here for a short, to the point handout I found online. It really is super easy and you know how quickly kiddos catch on!

You can pay for a subscription, but I use the free educator account. The only downside is that you can only keep 5 slideshows at a time and you can only be logged in to the account on one computer.

Answer one of these questions in a comment below and I'll choose 1 person to win a $5 Starbucks gift card! :)

Have you used Voicethread before and How did you use it your classroom?  
Do you have an idea on how to implement Voicethread in your classroom?

I'll use the random generator on Friday to choose a winner!

12 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! I have never heard of used voicethread before but I can totally see how awesome it could be. We have a poetry slam for our third graders to participate in every year and I would love to create a slideshow of the poetry slam complete with the students recital of the poem, their pictures and the actual poem all together. That may be a little too ambitious for my first try but hey, go big or go home, right? I can't wait to give this a try. On a side note-I love me some starbucks and make it a point to stop every Friday. Incidentally "Friday" came every day last week during our state testing : )

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  2. Oooh that looks like fun! I am an art teacher currently and it would be cool to do a museum tour or critique using it :)

    Molly

    miller.mem@gmail.com

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  3. This looks SO GREAT! I'm SO excited to check it out. I've never used it before (nor have I ever even heard about it!)

    I could already think of 29485 ways to use it! The best one (and actually first one) I had pop in my brain is for Open House! We always do a big research project, and that would be SO neat to have students' animals with their voices on it, rotating on our Smart Board!

    I'm on my way over to check it out now. Thanks so much for sharing!

    ~Jillian
    Just Tinkerin’ Around

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  4. Thanks for sharing this info! I had not heard of Voicethread! It looks like something I would use in my classroom! Thanks for sharing!

    Bev
    bwunderlin@lincoln27.net

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  5. This looks like a great way to incorporate technology in the classroom. Thanks for sharing. We are doing biographies and this would be a great way for the students to share their biographies. I was also thinking if it would be possible to download a bunch of pictures throughout the year and have the students talk about their year. I also show a slideshow at open house and thought this way the kids could participate.

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  7. I have used Voicethread in my Masters classes when doing a discussion board, but I have not (until now) thought about using it in my own classroom. One way I could use it would be during literature circles by asking my students questions and having them respond. They could also respond to questions from each other as well. It would be an interesting way to discuss a book. Thanks for the idea. Just wondering...What is an A-Z slideshow?

    Sara
    saraglasgow@hotmail.com

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  8. This looks awesome! I also teach third grade in NC over in Cumberland County.
    Julia
    jmsmajdek@gmail.com

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  9. I have not used Voicethread, but it would be very fun to do their favorite poems that they illustrate, and then record the poem itself, and then add the link to our blog to share with their parents.

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  10. I have never even heard of it! I can't wait to check it out! Thanks for getting the wheels rolling on ideas!

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  11. I have heard of voicethread but haven't used it. I currently teach 700 students in the computer lab. I did not want to undertake voicethread with that many students. Next year I will be returning to 3rd grade and want to try using voicethread with my class. I want to thank you for the step by step instructions. That will help tremendously!!!

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  12. I really need to investigate Voicethread!

    Thank you for the info!

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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