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Global Voices: Distributed Learning Projects With Interactive Podcasting and VOIP Tools


Amazing new voice technologies are enabling classrooms to connect across distances and engage in collaborative projects using both synchronous and asychronous voice interactions such as interactive podcasting, Skype or Google Talk. This session presents examples of successful interactive podcasting and voice over IP (VOIP) classroom exchange projects, as well as discusses reasons why campus administrators and district leaders should encourage these types of collaborative projects to develop student literacy skills as well as content area knowledge.

This presentation is being shared:

  1. at the 2007 Oklahoma Technology Conference on February 6, 2006.
  2. at the 2007 Texas Computer Education Assocation's conference on February 8, 2006
  3. A PDF handout from this session is available!

Why Use Collaborative Projects

  1. Reasons to teach digital!
  2. Engagement
  3. 21st Century Workforce Skills: Partnership for 21st Century Skills and enGauge 21st Century Skills

Why Voice?

  1. Magical power of the voice that transcends text Mother's Day Podcasts
  2. Simple: Focus on content and the message, more than distractions
  3. Inexpensive: Microphones cost $7 at WalMart
  4. Invites meta-cognition: Students need to explain their thinking and understanding of concepts verbally
  5. It's FUN!



  1. Hardware-based videoconferencing (H.323) with equipment from Polycom or Tandberg
  2. Skype: Free, cross platform VOIP software supporting audio and videoconferencing
    1. Skypeout (call a regular phone line)
    2. Record a Skype call to Skypecast with HotRecorder or CallRecorder
  3. Project Cam: An online environment with video, chat and file sharing capabilities


  1. VoiceThread
  2. YackPack: Invitation-based one to one or one to many (public and private messaging) - Example
  3. Vaestro: Web-based threaded discussions Example
  4. Springdoo Videocasts - Post video (or audio) with a webcam and microphone immediately to the web. Leave Vicki a message!
  5. Gabcast - Record messages using your own phone, create podcasts, post audio to your blog, host conference calls.
  6. MyChingo - Moderated voicemail (free for messages less than 2 minutes long)
  7. Podcasting: Tools to convert blog posts to podcasts
    1. Talkr
    2. Odiogo
  8. Podcasting: Collaborative projects and shout-outs
    1. Rock Our World (an international project using podcasting and videoconferencing)
    2. Mothers' Day Podcasts
    3. Where in the World Podcasting Project: PDF Description and RSS Feed

Places to Make Connections

  1. ePals
  2. iEARN - International Education and Resource Network
  3. Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) Collaboration Center
  4. Global Schoolhouse Projects Registry
  5. TWICE Videoconferencing Collaborative Projects and Exchange Projects
  6. K-12 Online Conference

Other Resources

  1. Test your computer's audio (speakers and microphone)
  2. Article: Interactive Podcasting: Asynchronous Online Audio Discussions
  3. Vicki's Wiki: Video Conference Resources**
  4. The Forgiveness Project (asynchronous text and images)


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