Learning lots of tools in just a little time: SpeedGeeking!
Lead Geek


What is a Voice Thread anyway?
This is an excellent collaboration and assessment asynchronous resource. It has a special Education section that is closed but there is a charge. (Sorry everyone - it has been a while since I got my account.) It can be used for Digital Storytelling in just about any subject. The assessment value is the ability to leave comments either written, spoken or with video on a project that has been done. Search the Browse button to get an idea of some of the great ideas that have been developed with this app.

http://voicethread.com/share/908650/ This is a wonderful example of who Voice Thread is used in Education. It has been viewed over 20,000 times.

http://voicethread.com/share/27234/ This is the Voice Thread I mentioned that got me interested in VT. OK, I did get a few details incorrect, like the wrong war, but the impact was big for me in the story the young man tells about his father.

Letters from the Internment
Year 6 Peer Assessment

Search the Browse feature using the word Assessment and you will find a great number of VT's.

When you begin to create you will see the different ways to get images - your computer, Facebook, Flickr and the New York Public Library which has over 700,000 images available for use.
Self-Assessment (PhotoBooth)
Using PhotoBooth to quickly allow students to give peer feedback on another student's work. For example:
  • When students have completed a project, leave the laptop open and allow other students to rotate through to review the work, as they review the work, they can open up PhotoBooth or Quicktime to record a quick vide of themselves giving feedback. When the student returns to his/her workstation, there are 4 or 5 videos with constructive feedback from peers.
  • If the work is digital, you can also use QuickTime Screencasting to record the screen (and highlight and annotate as you record) with voiceover comments - the teacher can do this with finished work as well, instead of writing notes on work, screencast the feedback.
Self-Assessment (Google Docs)

Digital Documentaries
Here are lots of examples of documentaries on our Population Blog, you can also get a good idea regarding the overall project.
Reflections (Quicktime Pro)
I use Quicktime Pro (QT) for formative and summative assessment. It’s a matter of choosing Record Video, hitting record, speaking into the camera, saving it, then sharing it.
I prefer QT over Photo Booth because the mirroring of text and the fun of effects can be a distraction. I prefer QT over iMovie because I want a video, not a movie.
For example:
  • Ask kids a question and have them answer on a short video, which they email to me.
  • At the end of a math lesson, ask students to teach one concept and post the video on their blog. The teacher can see the students who are struggling to articulate the idea and offer immediate assistance. If many kids are struggling, it’s time to reteach the lesson in a different way. The teacher can also see where kids are getting stuck.
  • Students read to themselves, then explain what they read in their own words, perhaps predicting what will happen next.
  • Students use Screen Recording to reflect on artwork, using the arrow to gesture to certain parts of the project. Instead of agonizing over syntax, they can speak their mind (with emotion) about what they attempted and their degree of success.
  • These can be posted to blogs, emailed, published to Youtube, etc.
  • Please let me know if you think of other applications of this tool. =]
Blended Learning

Paul F
http://www.monogold.com/en/index.aspx Tokyo International's source for LMS. It allows us to have all formative and summative assessment, unit planning, rubrics, reporting, etc. in one place
Online Assessment
We looked at the assessment rubric from ieaward.com . This is a qualification acredited by Cambridge University exam board. Rubric available here . We also saw the Adobe Acrobat 9 portfolios as a way of students evidencing their skills. Adobe now have Acrobat 10 which I do not necessarily recommend. More pretty but less functional. The portfolio is 1pdf file that acts as a container for other files e.g. Pictures, flash animation, video, Word, PowerPoint etc. These files will preview and run in the portfolio. Disadvantage is that the students will need Acrobat Pro to add files to the portfolio. However, the portfolio contents can be viewed in Adobe Reader.
Online Portoflio (Failure)
Thank you so much for sharing Lead Geeks!
It is the work.