VoiceThread Alternative: Little Bird Tales

Little Bird Tales is an alternative to VoiceThread that allows you to record your voice over images.

VoiceThread has added a lot of restrictions to its free accounts since I last used it over the summer. Little Bird Tales has more features for free than VoiceThread. You can create student accounts and have them make their own Tales, too. Teacher features on the free account include free Lesson Plans for K-6. (There a premium ones, too, that you won’t be able to access with a free account.)

The free account offers 25 MB of storage space.

Premium accounts get 200 MB of storage space for your account and 100 MB for each student in your classes.

On Little Bird Tales, you can create a “tale,” which is a slideshow of images with an audio recording–much like VoiceThread. Students can either draw an image right in the program, upload images, or use an image from the clip art bank.

Give it a try! Register for free here.

Module 3: Working with Photos

Many of you shared with me that you use photos a great deal, either through sharing with families or documenting what’s happening in your classrooms. Here are three tools for using photos. Voicethread and Animoto are great ways for your students to share their knowledge, as well as for you to share photos with families in creative ways. Flickr is a powerful photo library tool that can also be integrated with your blogs.

To complete your work for this week, please choose TWO out of the three to explore. Follow the steps and then comment on this post with your thoughts. As always, please email me or comment on this post for help!

Voicethread

Step 1

Watch this Voicethead ABOUT Voicethreads.

Step 2

View these sample Voicethreads:

Step 3

Read over these ideas for using Voicethread in the classroom:

Step 4

Create a free Voicethread account and try making your own slide show. If you do not have access to a microphone, you can type your comments. Remember, Voicethread has a free iPad and iPhone app that makes it easy to use those device’s built-in microphones.

Animoto

Step 1

Visit the Animoto for Educators page and read over the features.

Step 2

View the following classroom examples of Animoto presentations. Be sure to click the “full screen” button at the bottom right to view the slideshow in a larger format (see below).

Step 3

Check out some of these Animoto lesson plans.

Step 4

Register for an educational Animoto account and practice making your own Animoto video. Post a link to the video in the comments here. If you have an iPad, be sure to try the terrific Animoto app. It’s free.

Once you have registered, you can apply for a free Pro account, because you are a teacher. Here is a guide to getting started with Animoto for Education.

Flickr

Step 1

Watch this video, Photo Sharing in Plain English

Read through the General Flickr Questions.

Step 2

Check out the following uses of Flickr in school:

Step 3

Check out the following ways to use Flickr in instruction:

  • Five Card Flickr (students tell stories based on five random Flickr images)
  • Bubblr (students add speech bubbles to Flickr images)
  • Mapr (search for Flickr images from specific places around the world)
  • Phrasr (students find images that illustrate phrases)
  • Bookr (create short photo books with Flickr images)

Step 4

  • Create a free Flickr account for your classroom or yourself. (Note: you are actually creating a Yahoo account, since Yahoo owns Flickr)
  • Try uploading a photo. Add a description, tag, add the photo to a new set.
  • Explore the galleries
  • Explore the world map
  • Try finding the URL of your photo to share