I love VoiceThread! I have even brought a few other educators into my VoiceThread web, and I am still working a few…VoiceThread has been an amazing tool in our classroom; extending classroom walls, time and learning!
If you are thinking about using VT in your classroom you might find this post (and few yet to come helpful). I plan to blog the steps our first grade class takes as we set up VT. I will share the process from creating student avatars to students independently creating and commenting on VT's from home! VT is so easy to use my first graders helped me present at The Ohio Innovative Learning Conference this summer!
Step One~Create Student Avatars
To teach the importance of computer safety we do not link picture with name. So we create avatars to be used for our identities. We use Pixie to create the self-portrais you see below, the kids love creating on Pixie and the beauty of authentic work is it always looks PERFECT!! Some kids changed their Avatars to photos of favorite things. This was exciting because they did themselves from home! Love that!
Our next step will be to set up the account and import avatars!
If you are climbing into the VT web and have questions feel free to leave questions in the comment section or tweet me @frazierde I am happy to help!