This voicethread was created by my 8th and 6th grade general music students. We hope to meet students from around the world, discover what we have in common with each other, and strengthen our global perspective through meaningful conversations and engaging collaborations.
Please post your comments - text, audio, or video - and tell us about yourselves. What would you like us to know about you? What do you have in common with us? We look forward to meeting…Continue
Ken, My 5th graders are going to participate in a songwriting workshop with Steve Seskin(www.steveseskin.com) in a few weeks and I wondered if I could try to post some of the work for your kids to respond to. I haven't done this so it may not work. We love working with Steve and perhaps your school will want to also. See his website for songs written with Steve and other songs he is better known for.
Hi, Ken! Thanks for your kind words. I am very impressed of your work too.I saw your site - you have been doing magnificent things with your kids. Our school year starts on the 15 th of September, so my pupils and me will be honored to collaborate with such musicians as you are. My school is the unique one in Bulgaria with that we have an opera studio made from kids to kids and a music class at primary level of education.
I teach English in primary level classes (3rd and 4th graders) and some of my pupils are "actors" in the opera studio. I know Voicethread but have never used it... That can be fixed ;) Skype and Glogster we use regularly. You can call me on Skype for further cooperation if you'd like. We are opened to collaborate!
Hi again Ken, I am glad you like our class blog. And if you want to join our edmodo page, the code you have to type is 5cxobc.You can also give that code to your students so that they can communicate with my students over here. I have a group of crazy intelligent girls and boys who are now playing around with google translate. Funny when you read them.
I knew about people using Voicethread but havent tried it yet but if you were going to use that then I think I will choose one fine day and sit in front of my computer and play around. I'll come back and tell you later, kay :-)
Hi Ken. Yes yes ! I love the idea of collaborative learning for my students and my students love it too. We have been doing some shared learnings on the same topic you mentioned like culture and heritage. And we do on skype video calls and emails and blogs. And your class could also join us in our edmodo.
please visit my class blog at : http://1azim.blogspot.com
I look forward to connecting our classes together very very soon :-)
Ken Greene- thank you very much message.I teach in paramedic college and i have been pioneering e learning and integrating e learning with regular curricula.Now, this type of learning is very very new,however, i am will try and link you up with some international school that has a lot of locals- i know a teacher that we have working together in installing and configuring Moodle-our last meeting were working on the grade book of Moodle- he is also going to introduce e learning in his school- but i will naturally try my best, feel free to push me, currently i am the local guru in terms of e learning and also fixing small silly problems with ICT ie blown fuse or unplugged cable.Bottom it is quite new, may be your students may guide the students on that field. Thanks ken, i am passionate with web 2.0 tools and i like helping
I haven't been on here since the fall and just saw your message. Sounds interesting. What grade level(s) do you teach? I am at a school in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and teach Gr. 7/8 Strings as well as Core French, Language and Computers. I am familiar with Voice Thread but haven't used it at school yet. If you are still interested in setting something up, let me know.
Hey Ken, just a note to say hello - and I still think about the hoop dancing and trying to get it set up. I took on another consulting job and WOW - time is valuable. I don't want to let your kids down and my kids still ask, so........I will try to make this a priority to get planning! Jeannine
I contacted my music teacher a month back with your exciting project. He was at that time off for a break as he lost his grand mum and now the school is closing for christmas.
I have viewed the links you sent me and will be very interested in taking this forward. Will touch base with you in the mid Jan month.
Meery Christmas and best wishes for the new year.
Thank you very much for help .
You are the instructors. What type of music ? Sing or play musical instruments, but if teachers teaching a donkey music because I love playing guitar classic . Music is my life.
Indeed, our methodology allows our students to decide a lot of things. I have been developed it for the last 3 years and now I think we have achieved a very reliable technic to NOT teach, but let them learn by themselves. I am finishing a book about our work, and I intend to publish it in english too (now it is only in portuguese). As soon as the english version is ready, I will send you a copy to have your feedback.
Have a nice week!
Hi Ken: Thanks for your answer too. At the moment is not possible to me connect. I need more time... I am really sorry because the activity can be very interesting. Please, let me time and I keep in touch. Have a nice weekend and thanks again, Lucía
Thank you for your invitation. Yes, we are very interested on this kind of cultural exchanging. Unfortunatly we are almost finishing this year and closing for summer holliday. Would you like to start next year? Our classes will start on february.
We have a very peculiar methodology, based on projects completed decided by the children. They decide the theme and the activities and we insert the knowledge we must teach. I think our children have a lot of stories to tell and a lot of ideas to exchange.
Hi Ken: Thank you very much for your offer. This is really nice. Let me see if is possible connect with your pupils in this Lab. What time is it in Tenessi and What time do you prefer connect? Cheers, Lucía
Hi Ken, Yes! Yes! Yes! We would be very keen - we are a multi-cultural school in West Auckland NZ. At the moment our main concept is 'Celebrations' - so linking up and celebrating our similarities and differences would be awesome. My learners are a little bit younger than yours. Mostly 9-10 year olds. Next year, our main concept is 'Diversity'. We have been looking to link up world-wide for some time. Looking forward to getting this underway. Unfortunately as you may be aware - we only have three weeks of school left until our big Christmas break so we'll have to get started ASAP. We also have a music specialist at our school. She is amazing. She connects with our talented learners through music. Anyway - I'm off to investigate Voicethread! Ka kite...
Hi Ken, sorry to take so long but I just got round to adding a comment onto your VoiceThread. I put it onto the part with the 2 girls speaking Spanish. I am going to see if I can find a photo of an alpine horn to send you to show your students - it's a sort of national instrument here in Switzerland. It sounds amazing. Just two or three of these horns sound like an entire brass band! Your students look so enthusiastic and keen on music and it is great to see them on this VoiceThread.
This is our first music class voicethread from the week of 8/10/09.
Students and parents were encouraged to add their comments to this question: "What are your expectations for this class?" The question served as a jumping-off point for students as they (and I) explored the possibilities for this new application. Since this initial voicethread, we have connected with educators and students around the country seeking cultural, educational, and meaningful exchanges. Our goal is to develop relationships with educators and students worldwide in pursuit of a global classroom environment. Please contact me if you're interested in joining us!
I am the general music teacher and choir director at Ridgeway Middle School in Memphis, TN. Technology has become an integral part of instruction and learning in my classes. My students utilize online applications such as Voicethread, Quizlet, our class blog, and various web-based activities. We received a Best Buy TeachAward in 2007 that allowed us to purchase computers, digital camcorders and cameras, and software for our classroom. This technology was used to develop and create multimedia projects that engage every student and address multiple learning styles.