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!