Every day teachers read solutions written by students and wonder “what were they thinking at this point?”. Using apps on mobile technologies, students can record their voice as they write on the screen, creating a video explaining how they solve problems. These same digital tools can be used to create videos including images, animation, annotations and audio.

In addition to capturing student thinking these same digital tools can be used by teachers to provide descriptive feedback by annotating images of student work while recording their voice. This feedback video can be uploaded to a LMS to share with students, shared with cloud computing or simply sent by email. This workflow may be frustrating at first, but once figured out can save time and energy.

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Educreations

  • works on laptop browsers, chromebooks and using iPad app

  • free apps with paid option for more features (for teacher setting up classroom)

  • students can annotate images, add text and record voice to create video

  • teacher can set up a class where students can submit videos

  • videos could be shared beyond Educreations environment to others by teacher

  • school and board policies must be followed when sharing video and images of student

  • using images, video and audio from online sources - proper credit and use required

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  • iPad app, Android app, Windows app (all paid apps)

  • students can annotate images, add text and record voice to create video

  • lots of sharing options for importing and exporting material

  • lots of sharing options to import or export materials

  • videos can be downloaded or shared to other online places

  • school and board policies must be followed when sharing video and images of student

  • using images, video and audio from online sources - proper credit and use required

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Voicethread

  • works on laptop browsers. chromebooks or using iOS or Android apps

  • students and teachers can upload media (documents, images, video, presentations, etc.) and then annotate and record voice, text or video comments over

  • many people can leave annotations/comments on the same media pieces - like a multimedia discussion

  • limited free access or paid teacher accounts

  • paid versions can be implemented at a class, school or board level with integration into school information systems (to create online classroom environments within Voicethread). This makes sharing and collaborating easier.

  • lots of sharing options - need to check settings carefully. Consider the following:

    • who can view the voicethread? (public, class only, private, etc.)

    • who can comment on the voicethread? (public, class only, private, etc.)

    • are the comments set to be moderated? (approved before appearing to others)

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