A new site that I am just beginning to use is Voice Thread. It is a site that we have begun using to collaborate with a classroom in Maryland. I see immediately that it can be used for speaking practice and assessment purposes. Our students have uploaded pictures of themselves and recorded themselves speaking just by clicking on the “Comment” button under their picture. Once their Voice Thread is finished, other students can listen to it and make comments back. The comments can be made with a microphone or students can just type in a response. There are even options for phoning in a response, uploading a prerecorded comment, or using a web cam to make a response. I am excited to find out what other uses Voice Thread has.
There are World Language teachers using Voice Thread for speaking practice in the form of dubbing. The teacher uploads a short video on the current unit, students use Audacity or another recording program to record themselves making a conversation to go with the clip. When finished, they upload it as a comment. It works best if the video has no words. You can do a search on You Tube. The Vancouver Film School channel has lots of them! I hope to give this a try before the end of the school year.
Let me know if you have a cool use for Voice Thread!