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!
View these sample Voicethreads:
- A Tour of Our Classroom
- Preschool ABCs
- PreK Dinosaur Project
- Meet our PM Kindergarden Friends
- Second Grade Habitats
- Multiplication Fun with Third Grade
- Fifth Grade Landform Music Project
- Spanish Seasons
- Literature Circles: 7th and 8th Grade
Read over these ideas for using Voicethread in the classroom:
- Voicethread: A Valuable Classroom Collaboration Tool
- Voicethread lesson plans on Digital Wish
- Voicethread for Education Wiki
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.
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).
- First Day of Preschool
- Our Class Trip to the North Carolina Zoo! (2nd Grade)
- Sixth Grade Library Animoto Project
- Elmer the Elephant (Kindergarten)
- My Animoto Video for Science
- Animoto Book Trailers
- 6 Videos to Use in Your Classroom
Check out some of these Animoto lesson plans.
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.
Watch this video, Photo Sharing in Plain English
Read through the General Flickr Questions.
Check out the following uses of Flickr in school:
- Classroom Displays group (sorry for all the Christmas stuff!)
- Teachers Flickr Group
- 5 Reasons to Use Flickr for Class Photosharing
- Mast Charter School photo pool
- Saint Frances Academy photo pool
- 18 Ways to User Flickr in Schools
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)
- 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