presenters reviewed project in which students read articles on website, do comprehension work, draft letters, revise and then post as blog on said site, much in this depends on relationship between teacher and “travel Dean” website author.


note – articles rewritten by teacher for student access, vocab intro prior to read, read with print out, take notes on form – paper pencil, draft on paper, post blog at end.

NCAECT Session 1 – Comprehension and Fluency with Voicethread

Their wiki at:

Fluency – powerpoint on their wiki

  • Rehearsal opportunities for automaticity
  • get past decoding and to comprehension
  • use single words on ppt with voice and wait time – for automaticity – and then add picture with word for recognition

2nd grade Comprehension and Voicethread

  • the school has voicethread site
  • teacher has her voicethread site
  • only 3 for free – so delete and start over
  • Use Voicethread for comprehension discussion
  • students pick animal image avatar
  • Teacher has avatar that they recognize and use that to get prompt
  • Parents can get there.
  • you can also type your answer – for at home or whatever

3rd grade comprehension and Voicethread

  • literature circle with voicethread
  • all directions are in teacher avatar
  • no name
  • all jobs like in regular lit circle
  • they can answer each other
  • they can doodle on screen

Directions – posted on the site

  • be sure to check the what is a voice thread link on
  • load icon up for the kids. show them how to select. – identity
  • tell the kids “2 re-dos and then you are stuck with it”
  • kids can delete other’s work

Publishing! Let them illustrate and narrate their stories

Supporting Nonfiction Vocabulary and Comprehension Using Visual Learning and Inspiration by Eric LeMoine

>On the CD start with the Start_Here document.

>Big diagram? use collapse / expand

>Quiz Diagram, use expand to show answer, or use notes of answer and proof

>paste symbol into note

>version 8 has online templates, look for globe symbol in the templates

>crtl e = fit diagram to screen

>throw a bunch of words up, give directions to group into related categories, come up with symbol (label) for each new category
>also do this with words that could be grouped in multiple ways

>view – notes – hide all

>vocab template (from web)

>once the kids learn to use, force them to create in outline view

>arrange, use auto arrange, now new elements will continue to be arranged

ACCESSIBLIZING non-fiction text — make accessible [scaffolding vocab and ideas]
>diagram info, ideas, concepts, texts
>before, during, after reading
>shared reading
>Diagram with all hidden,
-uncover level 1
-uncover one bubble
-continue like that
[group note taking]

>focus in /focus out with ctrl e
will take ‘child’ and show only that stuff
so from big…. select shift ctrl x then ctrl e to go to part, to go back to whole, shift ctrl y then ctrl e to see whole again

>hyperlink to scaffold research project [big6???]
-put links to sites and questions on isf file
-kid goes and work on it, enters answers in note.
-link to work doc to make their written work

>inspiration now has templates per state standard on their web site

This is another great tool for managing complexity. The way to have a very complicated web and zoomed in to part of it really helps me see this as more useful.

Staggeringly Good Things Integrating Media and Google Earth Hal Davidson Discovery Education Network

Incorporating media and making tours in Google Earth (GE)
Hal’s blog with info covered, presentation, docs with code and kmz files
From Discovery Educator Network Media Matters Blog

>Google Earth Pro free for educators… contact debra kettmann at to get unlock code to pro trial.
Pro allows you to make movies of your stuff in GE > then publish, add music, etc

>GE is best when you give it scale. start with known so they can understand new

>use quick time pro to copy music chunk, then “add to movie”

>Image overlay to imbed or link video
>turn on flickr layer for stuff tagged with geographic data
>check out geographic web… panoramio…
>image overlay in toolbar. add picture, browse or use url. rotate, resize, etc. you can annotate images too. use snap shot view to zoom in???

> this site googlelittrips. is a excellent example of how to use tours with annotated placemarks. all organized around literature, but easy to see other uses. Really great stuff hear about organizing the complex.

>link in video , from say org or unitedstreaming or whatever. You can put in link and play view from browser that opens, or,
>set placemark, download video local, then play from hard drive or flash and don’t worry about internet…

baloons off?
3d veiw etc, exagerate if you want
show web results in external or not…

>right click on placemark, get info. paste in your own code….
>save place as …. kmz file .. that makes it portable.

>save as kml so you can open in word… edit code… change img src etc… word can save back as kml… then change kml to kmz… file open in GE (file open)

directions on his blog….

don’t be scared to show kids code. Google earth is friendly way to get big pay off for a bit of code. another chance to get at complexity, organizing the complex.

>add network link… I don’t know what this is, maybe set default GE open location remotely for network or something?
(flikr is example)
change the on server.

>you can also copy images into overlay, you will need the images on drive.

TOUR how to
make folder
fill with place marks
click folder, then play
preferences can control speed.
link up webcam in tour… as img src.

to and from
becomes tour
click play for fly over tour

>curriculum link
jones family path in grapes of wrath
you can make path with pop up boxes and fill with content.

>post sounds in location for habitat study, etc

Use series of place mark as geographic quiz