Join us for some professional development! VoiceThread is hosting 9 free online sessions in the coming months to help both Higher Ed. and K-12 educators develop ideas for enhancing their classes.
Each session will be led by George Haines, an expert VoiceThreader, Instructional Designer, and former K-12 educator. George will share his expertise, showcase some exemplary VoiceThreads, and facilitate an open discussion about lesson design.
Check out the sessions below and click on each link to register. Anyone is welcome to join us.
The format for each training will include a presentation plus hands-on activities that will continue asynchronously in VoiceThread after the live session is over.
Online course design has changed a lot in the last 10 years. Over 80% of students now use smartphones and tablets for academic work. In this workshop, participants will learn how to design lessons with mobile learners in mind. We will explore the differences between VoiceThread’s mobile app and the traditional browser version, and participate in hands-on activities.
Wednesday, July 8th, 2pm ET: Register Here
VoiceThread and your LMS
In this workshop, we will work on integrating VoiceThread into an LMS environment. With LMS integration educators can create and share VoiceThreads and grade student work. Participants will learn how to use the assignment builder feature to assess student work during a hands-on segment.
Thursday, July 16th, 2pm ET: Register Here
VoiceThread Basics 1- upload, comment and share
In this workshop, participants will learn how to upload media, comment and annotate on that media, and share it with others. This will be a slow paced, step-by-step, hands-on workshop. It is open to both VoiceThread license holders and free members.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2pm ET: Register Here
Making the Switch to the New VoiceThread
This workshop is intended for VoiceThreaders who just made the switch to the new VoiceThread. Participants will learn about the differences between the old and new versions and explore the new features available to them for the 2015-2016 academic year.
*We are offering this session on three different days and times. Once you click the “register here” link, you can select the day and time that works best for you.
Monday, August 3rd 2pm ET
Wednesday, August 5th, 7pm ET
Thursday, August 6th, 10am ET
VoiceThread Basics 2- groups and secure sharing
In this workshop, we will begin to explore the features available to VoiceThreaders with a full license. Participants will learn how to create groups, set sharing permissions within those groups and privately share VoiceThreads with individuals.
Wednesday, August 12th, 2pm ET: Register Here
Using VoiceThread in large classes and MOOCs
Why are students so dissatisfied with large classes? The research tells us that students yearn for more interaction with both peers and instructors. Simply put: large classes lack a human presence. But is it possible to deliver a small classroom experience within a large course? In this session, we will demonstrate how VoiceThread can be used to deliver that intimate experience found in a small course with the efficiency that’s required in a large course.
Tuesday, August 18th, 3 pm ET: Register Here
VoiceThread Basics 3- moderating, re-ordering and copying
In our third workshop in the series, participants will learn how to use comment moderation to formatively assess student work, re-order comments and copy VoiceThreads for use with multiple groups.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2pm ET: Register Here
Flipping Your Class with VoiceThread
The flipped classroom is usually described as “lecture at home, homework in class.” While this may be true for teachers who use one-way, broadcast video tools to record lengthy lectures, it doesn’t need to be the case. Lesson design doesn’t need to include passive learning either at home or in school. In this workshop, educators will learn how to use VoiceThread to design engaging, student-centered, “flipped,” blended or hybrid course content that encourages students to think.
Wednesday, August 26th, 7pm ET: Register Here