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.

Web Resources to Know (GoodReads)

I hope you all are enjoying your break (even you, parents) and are getting some much-needed rest!

In between a conference and a couple of workshops, I have been working to test out new web-based resources that will make ELA/Reading more interactive within my classroom next year.  Over the next few weeks, I will be publishing posts highlighting some of the resources I have come to know that will be of benefit to you as students, parents, and other educators.  Today’s focus is GoodReads.

GoodReads:  This is a social networking site centered around books.  Connect with your classmates, teachers, and other friends by ranking books you have read and leaving reviews for these books.  You can comment on the reviews of others, but what I love the most is that after you input 20 book rankings (by highlighting stars ranging from 1-5 stars to show how much you liked the books), GoodReads will start suggesting books you may like.

Once you sign up on GoodReads, you can even link your account with your Twitter account so you can let others know what you read and liked, what you didn’t like, what you are in the process of reading, and what you want to read next.  Of course, I welcome you to connect with me.  As I am sure you have guessed, my username is MsWillipedia.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Web Resources to Know!

-Ms. W.