Monday, August 9, 2010

Use Voicethread to Learn About Your New Students

At the beginning of the year teachers are always looking for fun ways to learn about their new students and for students to get to know each other.  How about trying a Voicethread this year? It is an online application that creates a multimedia slideshow and allows other users to add comments.  With Voicethread your students can add their comments and information by text, audio (phone or microphone), or webcam video. You could create an introductory page where you and your students provide a short description of themselves.  Or, you could create a page for each student to tell about themselves and their goals for the new school year.  When finished, your Voicethread can be shared with your new classroom families by giving them the URL of your Voicethread project or by embedding it in your classroom website.  You can also add onto the Voicethread throughout the year or create new Voicethreads about the content that you are studying in your classroom.  Check out this Voicethread project by Mrs. She's Room 5 for an example on how you can use this application for the new school year.  If you would like to learn more about Voicethread or how to use the application, check out: What Is A Voicethread? and Getting Started with Voicethread in the Classroom. There are free and subscription educator accounts.

1 comment:

  1. This is a very interesting idea. I have found many things on your blog interesting. You have lots of great ways to incorporate technology in the classroom. I like that the Voicethread can be shared with the families and not just left as something for the teacher and students only.


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