Every student has a voice and now with the help of technology, all students have the chance to be heard.
By providing opportunities for students to have a voice in how they will learn and how they will show what they have learned, students' voices will be amplified and their learning will take on a whole new meaning. In episode 3, we discuss three tools educators and students can integrate into learning to amplify student voice, Flipgrid, Screencastify, and Anchor.
Flipgrid is a social learning tool that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display.
Once you and your students feel comfortable with some of the basic features of Flipgrid, why not visit the Flipgrid educator resource page for additional innovative ideas and if you are on Facebook, we recommend liking and following Flipgrid. They also have a very active Flipgrid Educator Group that is worth joining to see and hear how other educators are giving students a voice with the use of Flipgrid.
Flipgrid - Social Learning
Flipgrid Educator Resources
Screencastify is a tool that allows students and educators to personalize their learning experience by sharing their voice via a screen recording. The app is a Chrome extension, meaning this versatile tool is just a click away on any device with a camera and microphone when you want to capture digital evidence of active learning!
Video Tutorials from Screencastify
Screencastify Activity Ideas
There are many recording tools students and teachers can use to create podcasts. The tool we selected to share with you delivers a multitude of FREE options for users. Anchor is a free podcast web tool and IOS/Android app which walks users (age 13 and over) through the steps of recording and publishing a podcast.
Anchor works on any device with a microphone, camera, and access to the Internet so it will take no time at all to get your students producing their very own podcasts!
A classroom podcast fits all 21st-century skills into one project.
Students collaborate and think critically to:
Advanced users can tech it up a bit for competitions by editing clips in Audacity and Garage Band where it is possible to add a music track behind the audio(currently not available in the web version of Anchor), remove awkward pauses, sneezes, laughter or other audio goofs without re-recording the segment.
How to Start a Podcast - with Anchor
18 Best Podcasts for Elementary, Middle, and High
Podcasting for Educators with Deborah Hargroves
Classroom application sample from Susie King Taylor Community School:
How do you amplify student voice in your classroom? Share your experiences in the comments below and give us Somethin' to Tech About!