Creator: Tom Daccord (@thomasdaccord)
Suggested Grade Level: High School
Subject Area: History/ Social Studies
This group audio blogging activity, using VoiceThread – a web-based program or iPad app that enables users to upload pictures, record accompanying audio or video commentary, and invite others to record commentary – requires students to compare social mobility and social inequality in America today with the “Gilded Age” of the late 19th century. Students read assignments on the issue of social mobility and then interviewed one of their parents or guardians before recording into VoiceThread. In VoiceThread, students were asked to discuss their interview and record their audio in the school’s computer language lab or on a home computer.
Extending the Project
This project could be completed on a laptop, computer, or iPad. Using VoiceThread for audio blogging could apply to a number of subjects beyond history and social studies.