Last week my kinder class decided that they wanted to share what they did over the October break with other kinder classes that they converse with via Twitter and our classroom blog. They decided to share a bit about what they did using a VoiceThread. They have used this a couple times so far this year and are getting quite comfortable using this tool. At first they were a bit shy and also a bit wierded out hearing their voice played back to themselves. But with time and practice they are starting to enjoy it and are actually requesting to use it to show other parents as well as other classes what we are doing in the classroom. I think it’s great for them to already be cognizant that they are producing relevant content for an audience. I think it’s also great that they are choosing what to share out. When the students put a lot of work into something and are proud of the outcome they feel comfortable enough to put it out for others to see. I think for this to take place students need to feel safe and supported. I think the connections they make using Twitter and Blogging reinforce and expand this supportive environment. It also helps to provide the students with external validation.
Here is our VT telling our friends about our break.