GradesK to 12
Voicethread also offers a free iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is free through the iTunes app store. Projects work seamlessly on both computer and mobile iOS devices, so projects started on one machine can be edited and/or viewed on another. Your ed.Voicethread account works in both places.
In the ClassroomYou will be logged into your account immediately after you fill in the registration form. You must "apply" to designate your account as an educator account once it is set up. Click on "browse" to see many examples, including tutorials. Watch the "One Minute Voicethread" to get a very quick overview of how easy it is to create a digital story. Set up student identities. Use first names only. You need to know how to locate and upload saved pictures or PowerPoint files. If you want to use audio, the COOL tool, you WILL need a microphone, either plugged into your computer or built in. Once you create a Voicethread, it can be shared by clicking "share" from the menu or at the end of viewing it and copying the URL to send via email or other means, inviting others to comment back. Ed voicethreads have comment moderation turned on by default and are private by default. As the teacher, you can change these settings.
Invite parents to share in the results (The VoiceThread classroom page tells you more about this). TeachersFirst does not recommend using actual, identifiable pictures of children. Let them draw a picture or take a digital picture of an object that somehow represents them (middle schoolers will love that idea!). If you allow others to "comment" on student Voicethreads, the experience can be both wonderful and a bit intimidating. Use this opportunity to promote ethical and kind interaction with other students and their projects.
Of course, you should be sure that you have the RIGHTS to any images you upload. Fair Use does not apply when you put an image on the web! Elementary classes can create or take pictures, then ask each child to talk about the images. Each child can comment on the SAME pictures, creating a collaborative collection of responses. After a field trip or special class event, you can assign groups of students to explain each of the digital pictures you took and how they relate to curriculum topics. In art class, students can critique works of their own or of fellow students. In language arts classes, students can scan and comment on writing pieces as part of a reflective phase of the writing process. Or post an image as a prewriting activity and allow students to respond orally in an idea-generating phase. In social studies, have students provide a picture of a grandparent then narrate what they learned about that grandparent from interviewing him/her. Have students create narrated pictures as gifts (for parents or other care givers) for special occasions, winter holidays, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.. During a science experiment or demo, have a student take pictures of the steps. Then ask students to "narrate" them by commenting on what is happening. The narration assignment could even be a center activity or an assignment on a few classroom computers for students to rotate through. What a great way to review and apply key vocabulary! Be sure they identify their voices if you are using a single class account and want to be able to assess understanding. Other ideas: narrated local history projects (pictures of local sites), audio "museum tours" of artifacts (photos) or war veterans telling their stories along with images of their uniforms or old photos. Speech/language, ESL/ELL or early childhood teachers could use this tool to promote vocabulary development and oral expression.
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GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomSearch this site for a topic that you are teaching in your class. Share the lesson on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Better yet, make the video or slideshow a learning station for students to do themselves in small groups.
GradesK to 7
In the ClassroomThe lessons and downloads are perfect for immediate use in the classroom. Use the printable resources and images from this site for your bulletin boards. Ask your students to visit the site and then collaborate to create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture.
Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. The "Day with Degas" digital books also model how art connects to disciplines and subjects outside of the world of Fine Arts. While studying an artist, incorporate background investigation into the subject of their artwork. For example, while learning about Mary Cassatt, research the clothing and lifestyles of woman during the late 1800's. Consider using Bookemon, reviewed here to publish this research. The Metropolitan MuseumKids website is an enrichment resource. Be sure to include it on your class web page for students to access both in and out of class.
GradesK to 2
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In the ClassroomCreate an collaborative ABC chart for the classroom with origami. This is a wonderful beginning of the year activity for the class. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Take advantage of this moment to discuss strategies to follow directions. Ask students to discuss what style of directions work best for them. Photograph or scan the origami letters with the children and create an online poster using PicLits, reviewed here, or create an online book using a site such as Story Maker, reviewed here. Be sure to post or embed a link to your electronic ABC book on your class webpage for parents to enjoy.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomYou may want to share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups investigate various sections of this site. Have students use this site to learn the basics of sedimentation and how fossils are made. Use this site to teach students about the jungle, plains, and tundra. Teach about predators and prey. Students can demonstrate their knowledge by teaching within small groups or presenting to the class. A round table type discussion can also identify information learned. Students can create informational media such as digital or conventional posters. For quicker projects, create electronic "posters" or word graphics for adopted word using tools such as Piclits (reviewed here) or Typogenerator (reviewed here). Continue the discussion with information about the local soil type and animals to make comparisons of fossil finds. Create a model replica of the sedimentation that would occur as a student project.
Grades1 to 10
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In the ClassroomCreate clever "All About Me" projects while teaching mathematical principals about 2D and 3D figures, line, area, perimeter, and planes. Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center. The most effective way to use this site is to allow students to work on it in pairs so they can easily assist each other. The tutorials are ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector because students can follow (and fold) along with the presentation. Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating how to create 3D shapes with sites such as PodOmatic (reviewed here (reviewed here). Ask students to explain the folding process with geometric terms such as fractional parts, symmetry, faces, edges, rotations, lines, triangles, angles, and shapes. Foldplay turns math instruction into an art. Younger students may find some folding tasks a challenge, so be sure to provide a buddy for those with poor fine motor skills.
Make gifts for special occasions, such as to thank the school principal or cafeteria workers. Create unique ornaments using student photos. Decorate a "physics tree" or "author tree" using Fold Play ornaments made from images of the concepts or of books by that author.
I was about to bookmark this site and use it for my Intermediate students. I would consider this to have inappropriate content for students. The site talks about unhealthy attraction to pornographic haiku and lesbianism.Nina, TX, Grades: 3 - 5
Editor's Note: We investigated this comment and looked through all the Foldplay activities/templates. ALL areas are safe and school appropriate EXCEPT under "Links and Stuff." The value of the activities in the other areas makes this site worth keeping, even if you must monitor to avoid the "links" area. We have also contacted FoldPlay to explain teacher concerns.
GradesK to 3
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In the ClassroomUse this website to find coloring pages. If laptops (or the computer lab) are available, use the interactive online coloring activities to talk about color, topics studied in science, or other thematic units. Special ed teachers may find these activities helpful in teaching color names, as well. As you are teaching young students about various careers, use the accompanying coloring worksheets for art and/or writing projects.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomExplore by age group or topic. The interactives lend themselves to whole class viewing with a projector, small group use on an interactive whiteboard, or partner exploration on class computers or laptops. Base a hands-on art activity around the interactives for a multicultural tour or discussion about art styles around the world. Create a classroom art gallery of student art in time for Open House. Don't forget to take digital pictures for your "archives" and as examples for another year. Keep them on your class Gallery wiki or have students narrate them as the Met does using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
Grades2 to 4
In the ClassroomMake a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use the extended activities ideas to supplement the interactives on the site. Share this link with families on your class website. Don't miss the teacher section for ideas to try with your class.
Grades2 to 6
In the ClassroomIntroduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then allow students to explore on their own. Create a link on classroom or lab computers for students to use during center or computer time. Create a class graph for students to check off different levels when completed. Discuss different strategies for moving puzzle pieces with the lowest number of moves.
GradesK to 4
In the ClassroomDisplay on the interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own and improve visual discrimination that is useful for reading and more. Create a link on classroom or lab computers to use as a center. Discuss with students different strategies and clues provided within the game that helped them find the missing picture.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomShare this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to manipulate the program. Share this site with the Art teacher in your building as a resource for teaching color. Photography teachers may want to use this site to reinforce color concepts and changes that can be made with digital photography software. IF you teach about light and the color spectrum in science classes, this site will give students a "hands on" way to "see" color.
GradesK to 1
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In the ClassroomThis site is excellent for enrichment. Share this link on your teacher web page and/or in a parent newsletter for those who trying to encourage the habit of reading and handling books.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomIn language arts classes, study universal stories and myths while discovering the culture of Indonesia and shadow puppetry. Dramatize the elements of good versus evil, characterization, and plot. Discover a unique twist to Readers' Theater. Storyboarding opportunities allow for a simpler construction of a story performance with fewer background scenery or props necessary. Sound and musical accompaniments can add to the creativity of the performance. Reluctant readers through gifted learners will enjoy the flexibility and creativity of the art of shadow puppetry.
GradesK to 12
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In the ClassroomUse activities offered on the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector either as a whole class activity or use your whiteboard as one of the learning centers in your class. Share with parents on your blog or classroom newsletter as a resource for practice at home.
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomShare this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own fraction tubes using PVC pipe (or drinking straws) based on instructions on the site. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore tones created by fraction tubes (virtually). Share this site with the music teacher to use when coordinating math and music lessons.
GradesK to 12
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