Using Voicethread for Writing Ideas and for Peer Marking In the past week or so our literacy work has focused on a short sequence from the comic Spiderman #1. Our Superheroes topic is going well and in this post I explain how we have used Voicethread as a creation tool, a writing scaffold and as a way to do peer marking. We began with the sequence in the comic where Peter is attending a science fair at a local school and is bitten by spider that has been zapped by one of the radiation machines on show. To begin with we made some notes about the short sequence as a whole class, mainly key words, things that just jumped out from the images and from the facial expressions of Peter. The next step was to import the five panels from the comic you can see in the above image into Voicethread. The children have the opportunity to say their ideas aloud. After sharing literally hundreds of narrative ideas for the sequence, the children were put with a writing partner. As we were working in Google Docs I dipped into their work as they were busy writing.
Rocking around the Christmas tree Transcription Rocking around the Christmas tree, at the Christmas party hop. Mistletoe hung where you can see every couple tries to stop. Rocking around the Christmas tree, let the Christmas spirit ring. You will get a sentimental feeling when you hear voices singing "Let's be jolly, deck the halls with boughs of holly" Rocking around the Christmas tree, have a happy holiday Everyone dancing merrily in the new old fashioned way. Rocking around the Christmas tree, have a happy holiday Everyone dancing merrily in the new old fashioned way. Translation Bailando alrededor del árbol de Navidad, en la fiesta de Navidad hop. Bailando alrededor del árbol de Navidad, deja al espíritu de la Navidad sonar. Tendrás una sensación emocionante cuando oyas voces cantando "Vamos a estar alegres, adorna las bolas con ramas de acebo" Bailando alrededor del árbol de Navidad, pasa unas felices fiestas Todo el mundo bailando alegremente en la nueva manera pasada de moda.
About - Digital Library Articles › English/Lang Arts 4th Grade English from Ms. Naugle Description VoiceThread enabled my students to put their poems out in an audio format to be shared with others. Process/Assignment I have used The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown for years and had my students write poems in the format she presents in her book. Content and Substance Write a poem based on the pattern established in Margaret Wise Brown's The Important Book. Organization of Knowledge Read The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown to the students. Product Focus Students and their shoulder partner will use their assigned laptop to write their final draft using Word. Challenges or setbacks Easiest: My students loved writing their poems. Hardest: The hardest part was putting the VoiceThread together. Tools As part of this lesson I used an IWB (interactive whiteboard), an LCD projector, and several websites. Tips Make a sample three or four page VoiceThread first. Variations I adapted this lesson for my math classes.
Five Card Flickr Smories - new stories for children, read by children 19 Word Cloud Resources, Tips, & Tools Posted by Shelly Terrell on Sunday, February 14th 2010 Part of the Cool Sites series Learning new vocabulary can be quite daunting for most students. Wordle Wordle is one of the best ways to engage learners if you know how to use it well. Alternatives Tech Tools & Pedagogy– Word Clouds- Marisa Constantinides’ post includes a comparison chart that lists the options for each of the following word cloud tools and shows you visual examples of each. A few more alternatives include: ABC ya! Resources Tips You can make phrases in Wordle by using the ~ to group words. Tagul Tips I use Tagul when I want to have each of the words in a cloud lead to a link with more information or to have them in a specific shape such as a heart, star, rectangle, or regular cloud. Two ways to customize links: By default, Tagul will have the clickable links lead to Google search results of each word. Challenge: Don’t have students memorize word lists, instead have students use one of these tools or tips.