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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Janet Corder  
Joan Gore  

Audio and video recording tools can be used as a method for students to reflect on their learning, practice their reading and communication skills, and to present information to others. Teachers can use these same tools for formative assessment and support their instruction.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In today's world, students need to be able to effectively present information in a variety of ways, not just with paper and pencil. Video and Audio in the classroom provide every student the opportunity to share their thoughts, reflect on their learning, practice their speaking skills, retell a story and answer questions posed by the teacher. Many times, students will be hesitant to speak out in class, but through the use of various video and audio tools, most students will say things to a computer that they would not say out loud in class. Audio and video recording tools can be used as a method for students to reflect on their learning, practice their reading and communication skills and to present information to others. Teachers can use these same tools for formative assessment and support their instruction.
This presentation will include a variety of web-based tech tools and apps that allow students to create audio and video content including, but not limited to:
-Write Reader
-Adobe Spark Video
-Chatterpix Kids
Presenters will share ideas for teachers to give students a choice in deciding what technology tools to for audio and video products The presenters will include student and teacher examples and will demonstrate how to create a product with some of the tools presented. Included in the presentation will be methods for teachers to offer students the opportunity to choose which tools are best for presenting their information to others. Throughout the workshop, the audience members will be asked to participate in hands-on, meaningful and engaging activities and exercises. Also, methods for differentiating instruction will be discussed, including how to address higher-order skills. Participants will be given access to a website ( that will include links to all of the websites and apps from the presentation as well as student and teacher examples. The website will include a Padlet for attendee input. The Padlet activity and the questions/comments time slot will be an indication of the success of the session. Attendees will be asked to include which activities and ideas from the session they will use with their students.


1. Introduction - Present a short overview of content and share link to website used in session. (5 minutes) 2. Participant Input - Share link to Padlet that allows attendees to input their ideas for facilitating student voice in their classrooms. (5 minutes) 3. Presenters will show student and teacher examples of some of the following technology tools that can be used to promote student voice: Flipgrid, Vocaroo, Screencastify, ChatterPix Kids, and more. Demonstration of how to use some of the tools will also be included. (20 minutes) 4. Attendees will participate in some of the activities that have been discussed and have time to create a product using some of the tools discussed. (20 minutes) 5. Closing - Review the Padlet of ideas from the attendees and answer any questions. (5 minutes) 6. Workshop Evaluation from ISTE (5 minutes)

Supporting research

-8 Ways to Empower Student Voice in your Classroom by Jennifer Snelling. December 24, 2018.
-Empowering Student Voice with Flipgrid.
By Microsoft in Education Canada Team Posted on October 26, 2018.
-10 Reasons to Use Video for Education. Cincopa.January 31, 2019.

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Janet Corder, J2 Training

Janet Corder is an educational technology consultant specializing in technology integration, mobile learning devices and current educational trends. She’s often asked to teach model lessons in classrooms to show educators how to successfully use available technology to positively impact teaching and learning. Her presentations and training sessions take the fear out of integrating technology across the curriculum, meeting the needs of the beginner to the most advanced user. As a Texas public school educator, Corder spent over 20 years in the classroom and as a campus instructional technologist. In the last 10 years of her educational career, she served as the coordinator of instructional technology for Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas. Corder was also an adjunct education professor at a Texas Wesleyan University, teaching the course “Computers as a Classroom Tool” in the education department. She has co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development, and served in various positions on the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Board of Directors. In 2013, Corder was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen Award. She’s also a Nearpod PioNear, an Apple Teacher, an ambassador for Flipgrid and Wakelet, and a Nearpod, LiveBinders and Newsela certified trainer. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University and an M.Ed. from East Texas State University (Texas A&M Commerce) in Reading.

Joan Gore, J2Training

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