Join us this summer for some professional development! VoiceThread is hosting 6 free online sessions in the coming months to help K-12 educators develop ideas for enhancing their classes.
Each session will be led by George Haines, an expert VoiceThreader, curricular 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 can continue asynchronously with VoiceThread after the live session is over.
Mobile Lesson Design – Tuesday, July 15 at 8pm EDT
Classroom walls no longer exist the way they did for the last century. With the surge in flipped classrooms and blended learning models, it is more important than ever for educators to design lessons with mobile technology in mind. In this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to exchange ideas about mobile lesson design with VoiceThread and connect and share with other educators.
Lesson Design Brainstorm: STEM – Thursday, July 24 at 8pm EDT
Jobs in STEM-related fields are increasing in importance, and today’s students need a deeper understanding of STEM subjects to perform in a global economy. In this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to exchange ideas about STEM lesson design with VoiceThread and connect and share with other educators. The focus will be on student-centered lesson design and demonstration of understanding.
Lesson Design Brainstorm: English/Language Arts/ESL – Wednesday, August 6 at 3pm EDT
The “Three R’s” have been at the core of education for years and provide the foundation for learning any subject. In this interactive session, participants will exchange ideas about creating learning experiences with VoiceThread around improved reading and writing skills. Whether students are learning English or any other language, vocabulary and grammar are fundamental elements of any course. After completing this training, educators will be better equipped to design innovative lessons to develop these fundamentals with their students.
Lesson Design Brainstorm: Art and Music – Wednesday, August 13 at 3pm EDT
Often overlooked as “special” subjects, Art and Music provide unique opportunities for higher-order thinking skills and creativity. In this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to exchange ideas about creating engaging Art and Music lessons with VoiceThread. It is our hope that after this session is completed, participants will see lesson design as an art form that can enrich your students’ worldview.
Lesson Design Brainstorm: Social Studies/History – Wednesday, August 20 at 1 pm EDT
History class should be more than memorizing dates and names. Storytelling is one of the best ways to ensure that students understand and retain the patterns that emerge when studying our shared history. In this interactive session, participants will learn innovative strategies to bring those stories to life using VoiceThread.
Group Work from Design to Assessment – Monday, August 25 at 1pm EDT
Collaboration is one of the words we often associate with “21st Century” skills. While students may prefer to work independently, they will not always have that option in the real world. Developing teamwork around learning experiences empowers students to succeed not just in school, but in life. In this interactive session, we will discuss strategies to help make group work with VoiceThread both meaningful and engaging.
We’ve had a great year of VoiceThreading and would love to work with you to make next year even better!