Exhibit Response: Deirdre

Now that you’ve had the experience of working through Deirdre’s Interactive Exhibit, write a comment to this post which addresses the following three sentence stems:

  • As we worked on this project, I really liked/enjoyed/was engaged by . . .
  • I’m wondering/confused about/struggled with . . .
  • I think I can modify this exhibit/technology to work in my own teaching this way:
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5 thoughts on “Exhibit Response: Deirdre

  1. As we worked on this project, I really liked/enjoyed/was engaged by . . . the instructions via voice thread. I loved how students could “play” this back and hear the instructions as many times as needed. This would weed out some of the questions that typically come up with a new assignment.

    I think this was a fabulous activity. I loved how you transfer the paper/pencil list and transformed them into lovely word clouds. This would be fabulous for a lot of lessons where vocabulary or phrasing was important.

    Great job!

  2. I really liked the idea that a voice thread could be used to help a substitute if you were ever out of school. I love the charting various ideas and then turning the list into a wordle. I can use this activity in my room in all core subjects. I think this would be a great activity for small group instruction/learning stations. I can include all of my instructions in the voice thread, instead of taking up group time to explain the directions.

  3. Deidre I really enjoyed your exhibit. That was my first time using wordle.net, so thank for showing and sharing. I do plan on using this tool in my class with my students. Also, I plan on making a wordle for my son’s birthday. Oh, back to subject at hand. I feel your students would enjoy creating a wordle and having you print it out for them. This way the can see what they have created two ways a hand written list and a wordle on paper.

  4. I really like your use of VoiceThread. It seems like a wonderful tool for a teacher is going to be out of class, even if it’s just a leave a message for your students explaining where you are and that you’ll missing working with them that day, and maybe introducing them to the sub (if you know in advance who that will be). But it’s also nice to have your instructions there so that you can float around more and maybe help students more — if you can handle hearing yourself talk! It always freaks me out to hear myself on the speakers.

    In some ways, I wish it weren’t so hard to get my mind around who your students are. They are so foreign to me — I’ve never worked with high needs students, really — so I’m not quite sure what they can and can’t do — and of course, you have a wide range of ability among the students you have, which makes it even more complicated. I wondered, though, how they work together, or if they can work together? I’m thinking here of higher-functioning being supportive to lower-functioning (if that’s the right way to say it) in using technology (if you ever get any)?

    I keep coming up with new/other ways to think of Voicethreat and its uses. It’s so simple to make. I wish I’d used Voicethread this summer with my online class – that would have been much quicker, I think than trying to remediate a PPT! :-(

  5. I love this! I was intrigued by your comment that VT would allow you to manage your classroom and protect the instructional space, even when you are not there. I imagine that hearing your voice and seeing you face might also be comforting to a studnet who is bothered by change and the teacher’s absence.
    When I hear things like “EC teachers are mainly babysitters”, I get really angry, and I’m so excited to see how your work is bringing together functional and digital literacies. With VT, I think you could add in visual cues that might help students pay more attention to the alphabetic text by using the drawing tools while you are reading to focus attention, but overall, I like the ways both this activity gets at content knowledge and tactile language manipulation.
    Perhaps think about using Word Cloud if you have access to iPad as that seems like more direct language manipulation and perhaps a better tool when words aren’t repeating and contrasting because of frequency.

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