Lightbulb Moment – Conversation in the Round

Recently an email landed in my box with a link to a voicethread.  For those of you who haven’t seen VoiceThread, it’s a handy tool for collaborative communication out on the web. 

But let’s start at the beginning.  I was involved in a planning project with a school envisioning a whole flip of their library.  Aaahh, “Martha Stewart” time!  An “L” shaped technology research pod, e-projection island, cozy corners and circles of literary conversations, all while engaging the senses and bringing the world in and amplifying voice out.  This  wonderful teacher-librarian wanted to show me exactly her ideas and thoughts – without me having to drive over.  She took a few photos and popped them into a voicethread along with her recorded voice.  Now I’ve worked with voicethreads before but always in curricular content.  It suddenly struck me as this slideshow was going on that I was privy to her thoughts with crystal clarity!  Thanks Sylvia!   This has opened the doors to even more possibilities regarding the use of VoiceThread.

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Getting Extra Mileage from Apps


One of the things I find challenging is the inability of the iPad to support multiple open softwares (like my laptop).  Try using Side by Side.  This allows you to split the screen up to four windows at a time.  Read, research, download files and take notes can be integrated into a session.  This app has just been updated with access to Dropbox, making it even handier than before.


Sharing Books…Modeling Strategies…


Sometimes locating just the right book to share or use as a piece of mentor text appears impossible to find.  Or have you ever wanted to expand opportunities for your students to read at home?

We now have access to TumbleBooks and TumbleBookCloud.  [See links under District Links.]  These online resources provide a fabulous array of e-texts for all readers (read-along, picture books, puzzles…).  TumbleBookCloud aimed at older readers offer full ebooks, graphic novels,  videos, as well as audiobooks.  Both sections include fiction and non-fiction.  Just imagine what can happen…  Happy reading…