Friday, October 9, 2015

Connecting via VoiceThread

VoiceThread is "an online tool that promotes a supportive instructor-student relationship by presenting reflective response tools to encourage collaboration. Voicethread serves as a vehicle to encourage students to respond to topics through the use of a computer, tablet, cell phone, or webcam. Connecting the learner to the instructor provides motivation, feedback, and dialogue. With the content, the learner obtains intellectual information; and through peer interaction students exchange ideas" (Kilgore, Mangrum, & Miller, 2014).

VoiceThread in ACTION: Students use VoiceThread to reflect on learning experiences from a recent visit to the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas. Images from exhibits were posted by the STEAM camp instructor. After the field trip, students build a collaborative thread to share reflections with a wider audience. The learning activity employed the ARCS instructional design model to provide Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and Satisfaction.

Digital Learning Platform: VoiceThread provides a student centered  and interactive platform in which learners share authentic tasks and products using advanced publishing features.

Exploring Voicethread Using ARCS Instructional Design Approaches. W Kilgore, L Mangrum, J Miller. Journal of Media Education 5 (1), 16-22, 2014. 

Connecting via Kidblog

Kidblog provides educators with a safe and simple tool in which students share meaningful reflections, reviews, and learning artifacts via a class blog. Teachers can create a simple publishing  and organized experience. Kidblog embeds media content to include YouTube and Google Drive.

Kidblog in Action: Students utilize Kidblog to collaborate with global pen pals, share digital portfolios, collaborative science notebooks, participate in a virtual book club, and publish creative writings using an electronic format.

Digital Learning Platform: Kidblog is a web based structure in which students share authentic tasks and products using advanced publishing features.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Connecting via Zoom

Zoom is a free cloud based videoconferencing system in which educators can connect with other classrooms, experts, and attend professional development with up to 50 attendees for a duration of 45 minutes. BISD has access to 10 premium accounts to assist for longer video conference needs or to facilitate a larger audience.

Zoom in Action: Students utilize Zoom to connect with top scientists and engineers at NASA and with other classroom around the world about a real world space mission event.

Digital Learning Platform: Zoom is an interactive videoconferencing structure in which students share authentic tasks and and products using advanced communication features.