It’s the beginning of school next week so I took this opportunity to complete this challenge by introducing my students to my rules. (ugh!) I have been making podcasts for a year now so recording my voice using Audacity and pulling it into a Notebook file was not too hard. I just hadn’t thought about sound in my Notebook files.
The bonuses doing the rules this way are many.
- The kids won’t mind reviewing the rules until I think they really have a good hold of them.
- My throat will get a chance to rest. (I almost always lose my voice the first week of school)
- The first graders will get a chance to interact with the SmartBoard in a very basic way.
- Doing this MADE me use Version 10 of the Notebook software.
If you’d like to see my file you can view it here: http://bmuench.wikispaces.com/musicIWB
I’ll add the student’s reaction to this new version of the rules after the first week of school.
Update on 8-28-08
Students enjoyed the new version of the rules. They especially were enthralled by the recorded version of me. Using the recording version of the rules and the pictures made it possible to do a matching activity with my 1st graders since we didn’t have to worry about reading all the words. We will be doing a vodcast of the kids teaching the rules to each other next week. Oh and I’m happy to report that I still have a voice left!