Learning Log – Social Media Voicethread

Creating this voicethread was a very new experience for me.  I had never heard of or seen it before this module.  Initially, I was very intimidated at the prospect of creating one.  However, once I got going and organized my thoughts, I found that it fell into place a lot easier than I thought.  This tool is very cool in that I can narrate my own slideshow.  Also, I find it interesting that I can add video, draw on the picture or video, and zoom in on the picture while watching a voicethread.  This tool seems like it could be used very effectively by educators and other professionals.  The first thing that comes to mind is using it for professional development.  Being able to give training or support via a voicethread seems useful.  Also, the capability of viewers to leave comments (either by text, audio, or video) allows a lot of collaboration and feedback. I wonder if I could create a voicethread and provide it as a lesson for a sub to show to my class if I was planning to miss a day at school…

The most difficult part of this assignment was just getting started and figuring out what I needed to do.  I also found it somewhat challenging to record myself speaking, only because if I had a long bit of information, I always seemed to mis-speak the last word and have to rerecord the whole thing all over again.  But that could be solved by recording in shorter clips.  Once I completed my voicethread, I was relieved and excited.  Before this class, I had never created anything like I have over the past six weeks – digital stories, screencasts, and voicethreads.  It gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that I can create something using those tools.

I believe AASL Standard 3.3 – Information Technology, especially applies to my journey through creating this voicethread. The indicator states that “Candidates model and facilitate the effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research, learning, creating, and communicating in a digital society.”  Through this assignment I have learned to locate information I needed using tools such as Diigo and then used that information to create a product that could be used to share information with other educators.  This tool is very effective in opening the door to communication between many people on a certain topic, as each person can comment on a slide and hear what other people have to say about it.  Voicethreads support learning and communication, and by creating one myself, I now have first-hand knowledge of how that works.

 

 

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About SLM508 - Sarah Miller

I am a graduate student in McDaniel College's BEST program. I have been teaching English as a foreign language to students in South Korea since 2006. English is my love and teaching is my passion. View all posts by SLM508 - Sarah Miller

One response to “Learning Log – Social Media Voicethread

  • nikkisantos36

    Sarah, I felt the same way about getting started with Voicethread. I was wondering what I was supposed to do and how to go about it. But then I just sat down, began, and it “happened”. The hardest part for me was getting everything to line up so it was aesthetically pleasing. I still didn’t get everything lined up exactly but I was happy with the end result.

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