Famous People Poetry Voicethread

First of all, I cannot take any credit for any aspect of this voicethread.  I did not help with it at all, but it’s so good, and such a great example, I have to share it!   It was done by Mrs. Hudson’s 5th Graders at Clearbrook.  They wrote poetry about a famous people and used voicethread to record their poems.  Mrs. Hudson taught a few students how to use Voicethread, and they helped their classmates record on one computer in the back of the room.  After everyone had recorded, they were able to post the final product on their class blog! What a great project, and what a great way to use technology in the classroom!

http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=756512

Third Grade Subtraction Voicethreads

Students in Mrs. Devlin’s Class have created these voicethreads to practice subtraction, teach others how to subtract, and see if anyone has a different way.  Check them out, and feel free to comment with your own method! 

Subtracting Numbers without Regrouping
http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=753061
 
Subtracting Numbers with One Regroup
http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=753020
Subtracting Numbers with More than One Regroup
http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=753017
Subtracting Numbers Across Zeros
http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=753007

Note:  We did realize that you could keep the writing from fading towards the end of the project.  To see how, read how to increase writing time in voicethread.

Increasing “Writing” Time in Voicethread

Blenna Patterson just emailed me the solution to a problem that has been baffling me for awhile now…how to keep the writing from fading in Voicethread.  I am posting it here in case others have similiar problems.  The solution is so easy.  Here’s a Voicethread showing how:

http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=711

Pretty much all you need to do is click the center button in the color palette before you start drawing!!

Voicethread Color Palette

Voicethread Color Palette

If you haven’t tried out Voicethread, it’s a wonderful online digital storytelling tool that can be used across subject areas!

2nd Grade Batty Facts Voicethread

Mrs. Vest’s class create a Voicethread on Batty Facts to go with their lesson on facts and opinions.  Creating voicethreads on a specific topic gives students a chance to write, practicing reading, and listen back to information, which helps them learn and remember it better. They are also a great way to practice fluency and oral speaking skills.  Students are always amazed the first time they hear themselves read, and I always give them the option to redo their reading if they don’t like it.  It’s neat to see how quickly their reading changes when they can hear themselves! Take a look at their project (and feel free to leave them some comments).
http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=698489

Do You Know Your Technology ABC’s?

Flip through the Technology ABC Voicethread below!

  • Which terms/sites/items have you used before?
  • Which ones are new to you?
  • How can you use these things in your classroom?

As you flip through the Voicethread, click on the link to explore more about each “letter,” leave a comment or two if you are familiar with some of the topics and have ideas on how to use them in your teaching , and stay tuned for some more detailed posts!!  I’d also be interested to know if you can think of anything to add.  AND, if you want to learn to use something new in your teaching, I’d love to help!  Leave a comment for that too!

http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=328148

About this Project

Awhile ago, maybe even this summer, some discussion arose in Twitter and/or Plurk about the idea of a technology ABC poster (I’m sorry, I can’t remember exactly WHO started the discussion to give credit.  If it was you, leave me a comment please).   And through those discussions, Pam Elgin and I came up with the idea of a Technology Word Wall and started adding to the list using things that our teachers might use.  Pam recently worked very hard to create PowerPoint slides for this project on each letter, which you will soon see in our schools’ computer labs.  Meanwhile, I thought it would also be fun to post the final product in virtual form via VoiceThread, complete with links to each of the topics.  Hope you learn something from it!

Update:  Pam has posted the actual powerpoint file for you to download or print slides here!  Thanks, Pam!