VoiceThread on reinforcement lesson on solving systems of linear equations by graphing: https://voicethread.com/share/8533562
VoiceThread is a digital resource that can be utilized inside and outside of the classroom. Educators can create personalized videos with audio and visual aspects that can potential increase student’s motivation. VoiceThread is also a great resource for student’s creation of material. The easy to use resource can change the way students view education. Students can benefit greatly from being able to watch, listen, create and collaborate inside and outside the classroom.
The topic of my voice thread was an introduction to solving systems of linear equations by graphing. This is a great resource for students to use to reinforce their knowledge on graphing systems of equations. In the 21st century it is essential that students can utilize technology as a way to learn and “improve their practices” (ISTE for students). Utilizing technologies such as VoiceThread breaks down the walls of the classroom and makes the learning accessible anywhere, anytime. This is also a great tool to teach students accountability and responsibility for their learning. VoiceThread, Google classrooms, remind application and other educational tools are great ways to make the content available to the students anywhere and to give students the opportunity to take learning into their own hands.
According to Kivunja, technology has the potential to bridge gaps in knowledge (Kivunja, 2015). Providing students with a variety of technology engages students, breaks down the limitations of the classroom setting and encourages students to take learning into their own hands. Students use technology on a daily basis but modeling using technology as an academic tools is a way to encourage students to use digital tools responsibly. Modeling behavior, providing digital tools to encourage real world applications, academic responsibility and provoke critical thinking of material are all concepts that I incorporated into my VoiceThread.
In the popular source that I researched throughout this module, it discussed the role of the teacher. According to social learning theory, “People learn by observing the behaviors of others and the outcomes of those behaviors” (Townsend, 2011 para. 2). Having the ability to visually see the solution to a problem worked out, while also hearing the thought process that is behind solving the problem is the essential to effective learning. This idea is considered thinking out loud, or modeled problem solving. In some cases having students discover material is key, but it is also important to share what is expected and model that behavior. In my scholarly source, Deaton discussed the idea that social media provides “visual and auditory stimuli” that help students learn (Deaton, 2015 p.2). In my VoiceThread I provided an example of graphing linear equations while also thinking (out-loud) about the process and asking thought provoking questions that corresponded to what the students are able to watch. Giving access to both types of learning in an engaging digital tool increases students’ engagement and accessibility to the material.
My variation on the Genius project can benefit from the application of voice thread because it is a great way to share insight visually as well as through auditory representation. VoiceThread and other digital tools also “enable anyone to publish, students can easily use them to share or exchange the products they create using the Internet” (Kivunja, 2015 p. 34). Giving students the opportunity to explore outside the walls of the classroom and create using digital resources opens the doors for student’s creative skills to grow. In the 21st century fostering strong technological skills and creating opportunities for individualizes to produce material is essential for success.
Social learning theory-based technologies provide students with exploration opportunities that provide priceless learning experiences. Students can use various technologies inside and outside the classroom to explore, discover, create, collaborate and share different thoughts, ideas and products. Digital tools provide students with the chance to “become engaged in creating something but doing it collaboratively with other students in the class” (Laureate Education, 2015 p. 5).
VoiceThread has provided me with an additional resource that allows me to reach students with important concepts outside of the classroom. As an educator, I have struggled with students missing school, or needing additional resources outside of the classroom. With VoiceThread I am able to create example, discuss important concepts and ask thought provoking questions that students can access anywhere anytime. It also provides students with a visual and auditory resource. As an educator, this has also given my insights into additional resources my students can use to create and collaborate within the classroom and outside the classroom. Engaging students in the mathematical material is always a challenge, however integrating technology wither it is instructional or student-centered production is a method to increase students motivation to learn.
VoiceThread is also a beneficial to my growth as a professional and a learner. This tool is a great resource for professional development to share what I have learned, and to partake in conversation with others about topics I am interested in learning more about. This accessibility of this resource makes it a perfect tool to utilize in ever aspect of education, whether it is in the classroom as an educator, in the classroom as a student or in my goals of furthering my professional practices. Utilizing VoiceThread is a way for me to create “technology-enriched learning experience” (ISTE, 2008 para. 8). This enriched learning experience applies to the students in the classroom and myself as a life long learner.
VoiceThread is an engaging resource that can be used for multiple aspects of learning in a classroom. Educators can use VoiceThread as a direct instruction tool, an engaging hook to a lesson, reinforcement for concepts and a place for thought provoking questions and classroom collaboration. This digital resource has many uses and can positively impact a classroom environment. Utilizing this a variety of tools is essential in the 21st century, as fostering and supporting student-centered learning strategies is key for student success.
DEATON, S. (2015). SOCIAL LEARNING THEORY IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA: IMPLICATION FOR EDUCATIONAL PRACTITIONERS. Journal Of Educational Technology, 12(1), 1-6.
International Society for technology in Education (ISTE). (2008). Standards for teachers. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/standards/standards-for-teachers
International Society for technology in Education (ISTE). (2016). Standards for Students. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/standards/for-students-2016
Kivunja, C. (2015). The Efficacy of Social Media Technologies in Academia: A Pedagogical Bliss or Digital Fad?. International Journal Of Higher Education, 4(4), 33-44.
Laureate Education (Producer). (2015j). Social learning theories [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Townsend, L. (2011). Interpersonal- Social Learning. Retrieved from https://classroom-assessment-theory-into-practice.wikispaces.com/Interpersonal+-+Social+Learning