What is VoiceThread?

VoiceThread is a place to capture voices (very similar to podcasting but more collaborative and visual at the same time). You can create aVoiceThread and capture the stories behind an image. VoiceThread allows you to capture the voices of an entire group on a single page. VoiceThread can be embedded on any webpage or blog. A photo-album can be turned into a VoiceThread. VoiceThread has links with flickror just browse your files to upload your own images. VoiceThread can be made private (only “friends” can view it) or public. Then it can be made viewable without comments being able to be added or viewable with comments able to be added.

What is a blog?

Wikipedia defines a blog as, “A weblog (usually shortened to blog, but occasionally spelled web log or weblog) is a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles, most often in reverse chronological order.”

“Blogging is the posting of journal-like pages to a website. While these pages can contain photos or media, they are primarily focused on the easy ability to post written thoughts to a website. The postings are organized chronologically. Typically, a blog “post” can be “commented” on by others, allowing for a dialogue on a the topic of the post. Teachers and educators have used blogs to allow for what is commonly called “peer review,” meaning that students can post writings or assignments to the web, and other students can respond or encourage through the comment feature.

“In a broader and more educational system, blogs are about communicating. You observe your experience, reflect on it, and then write about it. Other people read your reflections, respond from their perspectives by commenting or writing their own blog article. You read their perspectives, often learn something through their eyes, and write some more.

  1. Blogging is about reading and writing.
  2. Literacy is about reading and writing.
  3. Blogging is about literacy. (dfw)

Quote from: Support BloggingEducational Blogging. [http://supportblogging.wikispaces.com/Educational+Blogging]

Reasons for Blogging

Blogging teaches writing for a public audience, how to cite and link and why, how to use the comment tool in pedagogical ways, how to read web materials more efficiently as well as explore other ways to consider pedagogical uses of blogs. Blogging requires us to teach students to critically engage media. Students need instruction on how to become efficient navigators in these digital spaces where they will be obtaining a majority of their information.
Blogging is educationally sound for teaching students because:

  • Blogs provide a space for sharing opinions and learning in order to grow communities of discourse and knowledge — a space where students and teachers can learn from each other.
  • Blogs help learners to see knowledge as interconnected as opposed to a set of discrete facts.
  • Blogs can give students a totally new perspective on the meaning of voice. As students explore their own learning and thinking and their distinctive voices emerge. Student voices are essential to the conversations we need to have about learning.
  • Blogs foster ownership and choice. They help lead us away from students trying to find what the teacher wants in terms of an answer.
  • The worldwide audience provides recognition for students that can be quite profound. Students feel more compelled to write when they believe many others may read and respond. It gives them motivation to excel. Students need to be taught skills to foster a contributing audience on their blog.
  • The archive feature of blogging records ongoing learning. It facilitates reflection and evaluation. One student told me that he could easily find his thoughts on a matter and he could see how his thinking had changed and why.
  • The opportunity for collective and collaborative learning is enormous. Students have the opportunity to read their classmates’ blogs and those of others. This is not possible in a regular classroom setting.
  • Blogging provides the possibility of connecting with experts on the topic students are writing.
  • The interactive nature of blogging creates enthusiasm for writing and communication.
  • Blogging engages students in conversation and learning.
  • Blogging encourages global conversations about learning–conversations not previously possible in our classrooms.
  • Blogging provides the opportunity for our students to learn to write for life-long learning.
  • Blogging affords us the opportunity to teach responsible public writing. Students can learn about the power of the published word and the responsibilities involved with public writing.

Source Citation: Anne Davis: http://anne.teachesme.com/2007/01/17/rationale-for-educational-blogging/

What is a wiki?

“A wiki (IPA: [ˈwɪ.kiː] or [ˈwiː.kiː] [1]) is a type of Web site that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change some available content, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring. The term wiki also can refer to the collaborative software itself (wiki engine) that facilitates the operation of such a Web site, or to certain specific wiki sites, including the computer science site (an original wiki), WikiWikiWeb, and on-line encyclopedias such as Wikipedia.”

Definition from WikipediaWiki Entry. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki]

What is a Podcast?

Podcasting stands for Portable ODemand Broadcasting. Podcasts were originally audio-only but may now contain still images, video, and chapters identifying major sections or ideas. An iPod is not needed to listen to a Podcast. You can listen to a podcast using any computer connected to the Internet that also has the capability of playing standard MP3 audio files. Once a podcast is downloaded it can be listened to at any time on the computer. Many people also like to copy the podcast to a portable device for playback on the go. Examples of these devises include PDAs (Palm or Pocket PC), iPods, mobile phones, or many other devises that play MP3 files.

According to Wikipedia, a podcast is audio or visual content that is automatically delivered over a network via free subscription. Once subscribed to, podcasts can be regularly distributed over the Internet or within your school’s network and accessed with an iPod, [or any portable MP3 player], laptop, or desktop computer (both Macs and PCs). Podcasts can be produced with the following resources; a standard computer, microphone, free software, and a web site for posting your programming.

The major difference between a Podcast and any other audio file stored on the Internet is that Podcasts can be subscribed to. Podcasts are published as **RSS feeds. Listeners subscribe to these feeds and are notified of new programs by their ***RSS aggregators. The aggregators can be set to download the programs automatically or users can download the podcasts manually.

This article will describe educational uses of podcasts, and inexpensive, easy-to-use hardware and software that can be used to create your own podcasts. A web site has also been developed to go along with this article that will include tutorials and other hardware and software information. http://www.mtsu.edu/podcast.

Definition from Educational Podcasting