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Your website is looking great! You have created a wonderful resource for your students.
Lots of folks are becoming familiar with VoiceThread. This website allows users to post voice, text, or drawing "comments" on any image, video or text that is uploaded to the site. There are countless uses for this FREE resource in the classroom. Teachers have used it to create digital stories, to encourage students to comment on each others work, and even to have students make inferences and observations about historic documents or images.
Recently, the use of VoiceThread that I am most interested in is using it to create electronic portfolios. Students can select the work they feel best reflects their learning and upload it to a VoiceThread project. Then, using the comment tool, they can create a recording that explains their learning to viewers. The teacher, peers, parents, grandparents, and any other VoiceThread users can then add their own comments. This process allows students to reflect on their learning in an authentic way and gives parents concrete evidence of their child's progress, strengths, and needs.
Here is a great link to some great SmartBoard resources if you have a SmartBoard in your classroom: http://livebinders.com/play/play?id=7376. This website is for all grades and covers a wide range of subjects. If you are having trouble finding sites to use on your SmartBoard, check this out! I don't know about you but I always love finding new websites and activities to use on my SmartBoard because I know there is way more that the SmartBoard can offer than I even know about. I hope you enjoy!
First of all, HAPPY FRIDAY! :-) I've been playing around with different free survey software this week. I've used Survey Monkey in the past and I like it very much. I tried to send a survey with 12 questions however and learned that a free account only allows for 10 questions. Luckily, a friend recommended Zoomerang, which I had not used before. It was just as easy, customizable, and it's free too. A free account with Zoomerang allows for up to 12 questions which was perfect for my need. I have not tried Google docs yet, but figure that this application might allow for unlimited questions. Does anyone have experience with this?
Thanks and have a good weekend!
There are some great ideas free resources on here that I would love to use in my classroom! Thank you all for sharing. I haven't found any great tools that haven't already been mentioned here. But one area that I am focusing on for my Wicked Project is digital story telling. Since I teach 1st grade, a great one that I have come across is storybird. This is a great tool because it's simple, fun and easy for my students to use and be creative with. Any great tips or ideas on using digital story telling that you have learned along the way?! :)
Justine- Anna and I (and 2 other group members as well!) did a project in another session in which we did a Prezi on digital storytelling and we incorporated a lot of resources in it- take a look if you like....
Hopefully no one minds that I am sharing this- :)
Hope this helps a bit- however, it may be too basic, for you- but I thought I would share.
Using iMovie on a mac I created 5 different short lessons for my students. I was absent or half a day and left the videos for the sub to play. I was able to speak with the sub afterwards and she said that all of the students were very engaged in the movie. So students who usually gave a sub a run for their money was suddenly engaged in a movie that was actually teaching them new content. I polled the students afterwards and most of them really enjoyed the videos and felt like they had learned something new.
I even tried playing one of the videos while I was there with a group of students who are very rowdy. They were so enthralled in the movie, although it was the exact same thing that I always do in class, that there were less behavior problems.