Audience additions

Voicethread and Blabberize

Our second grade students study rainforest animals for their research project. We created a webpage to aid them with their research and then had them record in Voicethread. Blabberize was utilized to capture their attention.
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Rainforest Animals

Margie McMahon and Tina Tomczak
Marshall Elementary School
Wexford (Pittsburgh), PA

Another Set of Voicethread Examples

My students and teachers LOVE voicethread. See a bunch of different uses our kids have done here - and leave a comment!

(Includes African American Women, Read Across America Day, African American inventors, Famous Americans, Animal Reports, etc.)

Susan Eley
K-4 Teacher Librarian
Hillside Elementary School
Mt. Laurel, NJ
Add voice to an avatar as an introduction to


Our fifth graders used to create their own avatar and talking booktalks. The example below, was our first attempt, and instead of writing the booktalk themselves, they found a booktalk online and recorded their voice reading it. I figured this was an easy way to introduce the concept. The next time I do this, we would do something similar, followed by another example where students read the book, write the booktalk themselves, and then record themselves. --Submitted by Chad Lehman

WANDA Wiki Wonderland

(Wanda = "Works Analyzed Notated Discussed & Archived")
8th-grade Pre-AP Language Arts students conducted online literature circles using wikispaces. They discussed books with students in their own class, other sections of the same course, high school students on the same campus, and university students in their city, Tucson, Arizona. In addition to the language arts content objectives, students learned to search for copyright-free images, cite their sources, practice netiquette and work collaboratively, and use a variety of Web 2.0 tools to present their learning: VoiceThread, Wordle, Newspaper Clipping Generator, and more. Visit their final literature circles (Jacqueline Woodson Author Study) for the most Web 2.0 infused examples.

This year-long project was a classroom-library collaborative effort between their language arts teacher, Jennifer Hunt, their student teacher for the spring semester, Sarah Ewing, and their teacher-librarian, Judi Moreillon. The collaborators presented this project at the Teaching and Technology Conference in January 2009. In addition to being grant funded, this project earned two awards. Submitted by Judi Moreillon

Reviews of web 2.0 tools with ideas how to use them: TeachersFirst EDGE

A great interactive book tool: Tikatok ( teacher access page here: reviewed by TeachersFirst here: