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  • kvnmcl 9:43 pm on June 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Our first VoiceThread 

    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.

    Our thoughts on using Myst in the classroom

    Our thoughts on using Myst in the classroom

     
    • Tim Rylands 8:19 pm on June 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi there Kevin and your class
      Well done for all the work you have been doing Great stuff!
      Loved the voice thread and I am so glad to hear that Myst has not only been fun but had an impact on your language work
      Keep up the good work
      I am going to adda blog post about you all very soon
      All the best
      Tim

  • kvnmcl 6:50 pm on May 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , listening, , , recording, speaking, Tim Ryland   

    Myst V – Day 5 The first Trailer 

    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.

    [blip.tv ?posts_id=2123665&dest=-1]

    The other trailers can be viewed on my blip.tv page

    Tools used to create the trailer

    • Audacity for the voice over
    • Animoto for the initial video
    • GarageBand (Mac only) for editing video and audio into a trailer
     
  • kvnmcl 5:44 pm on May 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: persuasion, recording, script   

    Myst V – Day 4 

    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 …)

     
    • Mark Warner 6:18 pm on May 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      It’s great to hear that things are going so well… you describe what happened clearly and I can really picture your classroom and all the smiles 🙂

      Looking forward to seeing their trailers!

    • kvnmclaughlin 6:32 pm on May 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the comment. I just can’t get over how much this game is inspiring my class to speak and listen more, and to write descriptively and with such enthusiasm. 🙂

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