The power of Voicethreads

Yet another collaborative ICT activity in at our school this week. It involved year seven students and a group of clients from  Lyndoch Aged Care on a day outing. The students prepared their ‘voicethread’ programs and compiled lists of questions and prompts in a 50 minute session prior to the visitors arriving.  In preparation for the whole group activity that started the session we set up an online ‘tokbox’ to make a live video recording. After that was complete the students then moved off in small groups with their special visitors to interview them and make ‘voicethread’ recordings. The second part of this activity, the actual making of the voicethreads that included the interview recording and uploading photos only took a very busy 50 minute session. Well done to the students and the teachers involved. View the completed voicethreads at http://techno7.globalstudent.org.au/lyndoch-day-trippers  

Live Blogging

This week our year six students together with several staff members participated in a ‘live blogging’ session with students and teachers from Richmond PS, Premier Brumby and Education Minister Bronwyn Pike. This was part of the launch of the new broadband connections for schools. It was a very exciting experience for the schools and the students involved. Even though we have had ‘live blogging’ sessions in our school previously, I had not witnessed it personally. It is very fast paced and a lot of information is transmitted in a very short time. Quite different to the live Skype video exchanges we have had with classrooms in other countries. Follow this link to view the ‘live blog’ http://hawkesdale.globalstudent.org.au