My third graders have been learning about Colonial America these past 2 months. This year the technology/library teacher, Lane Young, and I decided to collaborate and create a VoiceThread. First the students were each assigned an event on our colonial timeline. Next, each student found facts using books in our library collection and Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Each student then created a reflection or personal connection to what they learned. Mr. Young helped them select images for their slides using Google Images. Next, they used Audacity to record the facts and reflections. They also had to draw self-portraits that we scanned in so we could identify each student’s slide and comment.
This has been an amazing project. It has touched on many important skills such as researching, writing, recording, selecting appropriate articles and images, and using the online library catalog. I have especially enjoyed the opportunity to work with a specials area teacher.
So, here it is for the world to see. Please comment on the slides and if you are a teacher, have your students comment as well.
Thank you to Lane Young for creating with me, Vinnie Vrotny for leading me to the k12 Online Conference which led me to VoiceThread, and David Green my co-teacher for encouraging and supporting me with this project.