Today Kevin via #CLMOOC’s daily connect asked us to consider adding a recording. It was from an older session where podcasting was the goal. The result was there were not many takers. He posed it again this year and offered vocaroo as a quick way to record. I started thinking as it resonated with the idea of “voice” and “choice”. Why weren’t there takers? Certainly it couldn’t have been the tool as there can be no simpler online tool. I wonder if it goes deeper. I’m reminded of an activity I did with students – no matter the age the results upon hearing their voices was always laughter or in some cases, absolute horror. It was how their voices sounded that was affecting them. Singers are taught to listen to themselves and others. But we aren’t, so listening to ourselves is a new experience. It’s something to take into consideration when we ask our students to record themselves reading a passage or practicing a speech. We may want to connect the term “voice” as an instrument, with the ability to adjust with practice how it sounds. If I stuck with this analogy, then the content we speak are the musical scores leaping off pages.
Have you hunted high and low for the perfect image to use? Besides trying to photograph the image there are many options with varying levels of complexity that can be taken. I lean towards simple, yet with a small bit of complexity.
I wanted to see if I could do something different with “image mapping”. Here is what I used for my introductions to #CLMOOC 2016. The base collage was made with picmonkey. Button images were layered on top to hover over or click.
In the midst of nippy wet weather, January ushers in celebratory possibilities. Renewed energy, new beginnings and perhaps that spark of anticipation leads one to hopefulness and curiosity. Here are a few ideas to explore (connected to literacies, collaboration and connectedness). The image below hides interactive layers of communication. (Click to reveal.)
I can imagine sharing research, story, and experiences. Perhaps a scavenger hunt to teach a content area. There is no limit to possibilities. How are you engaging in new forms of communication? I would love to hear any of your stories.