Friday, January 4, 2008

Voice Thread

This is one powerful educational tool. Jennifer Wagner (hope I got your name right) a teacher from California introduced me to it. It allows people from all over the world to gather around a photo and make either a voice recording of what they wish to tell about the photo, or to type a comment in the event they don't have a microphone. Here is an example:

I hope to get a lot of students gathered around a series of pictures discussing what they mean to them.

Lesson idea: What about showing pictures of events that happened around the world, and have people from different cultures share their perspective, i.e. the fall of the berlin wall, or Vancouver winning the 2010 olympic bid? What about different symbols or icons from around the world, and how they mean different things to different people depending on your language or culture?

A lesson for my elementary students- how about constructing the history of your school, or sharing a science report from photos taken from a field trip. I think I will tackle this one on February's field trip to science world. Let's see what a bunch of 2nd and 3rd Graders learn and report from Science World based on comments on a Voice Thread project.

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