Thanks to the workings of Dennis Grice, a DEN friend and Twitter buddy, Voice Thread is one of my new favorite toys and an easy-to-use digital storytelling tool. While PhotoStory is fun, this can involve participants from all over the world. Anyone can upload a photo and narrate what is happening. More than one person can comment on each photo. All you need is a microphone and a computer.
According to Dennis, K-12 educators can sign up for a special pro account for free. "First you need to register for a free account and login. Next you find and click where it says "Go Pro". At the bottom of the page will be a link that says "K-12 Educators Click Here". That will take you to the educator application form." I signed up this morning and finally got around to adding a slide or two.
The projects Dennis began are embedded below. My random brainstorms (from right now) as to how this could be incorporated into the classroom are as follows:
*I would love to have the 4th graders upload photos from the state they are researching and add commentary.
*Have the second grade show monuments around the world.
*Scan kindergarten drawings and have them narrate a story to go along with it
*A virtual tour of our school that can be sent to new families
*5th grade took a team-building field trip to Lutherlyn-students could upload photos from the trip and tell why the experience was so meaningful...
Oooo....Can't wait to get started! : )