I introduced my French three and four students to Voicethread last week. In case you are unfamiliar, a voicethread is a visual/ audio slideshow. You insert media and tag it with comments or audio clips. It can be shared and edited and modified by others. It is a fantastic way to present an oral presentation, especially if the students are a little nervous about talking in public.
We decided to do a different sort of speaking activity. The girls made a story on their threads and placed images relating to their piece and recorded themselves talking. They are having a lot of fun doing the project and it's something different. I started brainstorming some other potential ideas.
My French One class is lacking in speaking activities. They tend to be the same ole same ole, so I decided their oral exam for the unit would be in the form of a voicethread. They inserted images of family members and started telling me all about them. They shared their pieces with me and I was able to go in and edit or comment back. I can even ask them questions! What a great way to be interactive with them.
We also have new penpals from France. The kids are going to do some sort of presentation to their new friends with a voicethread and their friends will be able to comment back to them. My intent is to make a fantastic interactive interview.
What about those History teachers out there? Students could use a voicethread to make an interactive oral history report. Voicethread allows a phone call to record the information. Why not have students assemble the threads and then call in the interview? Perfect way to learn about history.
I am certainly going to do more interactive projects and toss in Voicethreads from time to time. My kids will enjoy something different and I will also benefit from a different format of assessment and review.