Today we used VoiceThread for the first time to create a few pages of recorded comments about our thoughts on using Myst in our Literacy lessons. The children responded very well and enjoyed the whole process although, naturally, some shied away from being recorded by webcam but offered an audio recording instead. But what I found about using VoiceThread was that it gave my pupils the opportunity to listen to their own voices, watch themselves on the IWB and then decide whether they thought their spoken response was good enough or needed to be corrected. Most of them took two or three attempts to record their responses as they were not entirely happy with their first tries. As second language learners this is a great way for children to practice a new language and have fun at the same time. Watch it here.
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Today’s lesson was fantastic. The children knew, just as I did, that it was going to be a good one. They had finished writing their voice over scripts yesterday so they only had to edit them, tweak them into 30 seconds and rehearse performing them. It was an intensive lesson with lots of speaking and listening, probably more speaking come to think of it! But the end product was worth the extra work that they put in. They also had time to write their first rough draft for a descriptive poem based on Tim Ryland’s brilliant work.
This is the first trailer so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The other trailers can be viewed on my blip.tv page
Tools used to create the trailer
I’ve been looking forward to this day since first reading about using Myst in the classroom from Mark Warner’s site. I wanted the class to write and perform their own voice over scripts for use with the trailer I created yesterday. I uploaded the trailer last night onto our Edmodo area and after a few minutes responses to it came from some children in my class. They were all looking forward to script writing. (More …)