Web Resources to Know (Voicethread)

Voicethread

Welcome back for this next installment of Web Resources to Know!

The concept of this next resource,
in and of itself, is a little mind-blowing in its simplicity.

Voicethread:  This is a very fascinating site in which you can upload a variety of media (PDFs, PowerPoints, videos, text, documents, etc) and can either leave text or voice comments on these items or invite others to do so.  This resource is one that can be used for teachers, in business, and for student presentations as well.  The best way to understand Voicethread is by using it, but until you make that leap, a video explanation should help.

  • How Voicethread works:
    • <iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/32856071?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff&autoplay=1″ width=”400″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen>
  • An example of a Voicethread (look at how others can comment on specific parts):

Yep, crazy isn’t it?  Parents, feel free to wow your colleagues with this presentation tool.  Students, yes, you will impress your teacher by going beyond PowerPoint with this as part of your next presentation.  Oh, did I mention that there is an app for it too?

Feel free to give this a try.  By doing so, you can take your next presentation and make it not only a conversation, but a conversation in the cloud.

-Ms. W.

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  • Voicethread (ccheatwo.wordpress.com)
    • This article provides a review from another teacher’s perspective.
  • Voicethread (janeinenglish.wordpress.com)
    • This article links to a full voicethread complete with student comments.  It is the same link presented above.

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Have you ever had trouble understanding what it was that someone else was trying to say?  Well, in class today we learned how editing helps others improve their writing.  After brief notes on common editing marks, we worked whole group to edit a sample paragraph.  Thereafter, the students worked on their own to correct a sample paragraph called “The Beach.”  Finally, all students were informed of the requirements of their homework assignment (which will be worth a quiz grade) where they work in groups of up to 4 to create their own 12-question quiz.  This will serve as one way to review for the unit exam this Friday.

PowerPoint:Let’s Edit!

Sample Paragraph: “The Beach” (with key)

Homework: (DUE THURSDAY)

•Each student will work in a group (of their own choosing) of up to 4 students  to create a 12-question quiz.
•Each student is to create at least 3 questions for the quiz. (Divide the questions equally among yourselves.)
•You must also create a key. You will have to write a 3+ sentence justification of the right answers.
•You and your group will receive additional points toward their team’s grade for including higher-order-thinking questions. (Quiz Grade)