S: Celebrating Life!
BC: A huge thank you to all the voices of the world. Sharon Tonner
FC: The Story of Voices Of The World by Sharon Tonner and THE WORLD http://votw.wikispaces.com
1: Voices Of The World was created by Sharon Tonner, Lecturer in Primary Education at The University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. Sharon created the project whilst a primary school teacher at The High School of Dundee to connect children around the world together using their voice rather the the typed or written word. The project was also created to allow children to develop an appreciation for Languages, accents and dialects.
2: In October 2007, Voices Of The World was released to the world. In the first month, schools from 8 countries contributed to the first task.
4: Voices Of The World has grown worldwide with schools from 12 countries participating in November 2008.
5: In November 2008 33 schools contributed to November's task at http://votw.wikispaces.com/October-08
6: Voices Of The World has many members from around the world. Why are they part of this project? Read on to find out more.
7: NAME: Sharon Tonner LOCATION: Dundee, Scotland, UK JOB: Lecturer in Primary Education (Technologies) WORK: University of Dundee WHY VOTW? I want to connect children with their global peers through meaningful and engaging projects. I also wanted to share my expertise with others as today's society is about collaboration and giving not just taking. Lastly, I wanted this project to develop children's talking and listening skills and show educators it is possible rather then relying on the written or typed word as an end product.
8: Name: Shannon Smith Location: Tuscola, IL USA Job: 4th Grade Teacher Work: North Ward Elementary School Why VOTW? I joined the VOTW project as a way for my students to learn about other places than Tuscola, IL. Many of my students rarely have the opportunity to visit neighboring states, let alone foreign lands. This project provides a catalyst from which we can learn about our regional and cultural differences. Learning about these differences provides me the perfect opportunity to develop an appreciation of others within my students.
9: Name: Anna Karidi Pirounaki Location: Kaparelli, Thiva - Greece Job: Kindergarten teacher Work:29 years in the same Kindergarten Why VOTW? Because is my choice some staff in my life to be stable .. and others to change all the time.. Improving my teaching with new ideas, tools, various experiences feel it like a must, helping me to keep a personal balance..
10: Name: Marta Lavista Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina Job: ICT Coordinator Work At St. Andrew's Scots School Why VOTW? It is a great way for our children to get to know other cultures.
11: Name: Maddy Shapiro Location: Sharon, Massachusetts USA Job: Instructional Technology Specialist Work: Heights Elementary School- a Kindergarten through Grade 5 public school in Sharon, Massachusetts USA Why VOTW: VOTW is a wonderful way to introduce students and teachers to Web 2.0 tools. The project aligns very well with the ISTE NETS for Students standards providing a creative and innovative way to collaborate and communicate, as well as teaching digital citizenship.
12: Name: Eva Rekkedal Location: Tyssedal, Odda, Hordaland, Norway Job: Teacher (Maths, special needs and ICT) and ICT-worker for the local authority (50/50) Work: Tyssedal barneskole (Primary school) and Odda local authority Why VOTW?: I love to work with new technology (especially web 2.0), and to give our youngest pupils the opportunity to get "world wide". With this concept it has been a lot of outcome both for me (as an ICT-worker) and to our children. To see the stars in the pupils eyes when they're looking/listening at their published material of the month... indescribable! To hear them say "goodbye" in 12 languages, like it was their own language... wonderful!
13: Name: Shirley Campbell-Morgan Location: Aberdeen Job: Primary 7 teacher and ICT co-ordinator Why VOTW? VOTW is the best project I know for communicating globally using web tools. Pupils love taking part in the assignments and find them fun and easy to do. Teachers get to learn how to use the latest web tools. Pupils love looking at the locations of the VOTW schools and I love the idea of all those people across the world working on the same task at the same time but in all their different languages. This project is excellent for creativity.
14: Name - Katarzyna Wizgacz Location - Katowice, Polska Job - teacher of English Work - Szkoa Podstawowa nr 44 im. M. Curie - Skodowskiej Why VOTW? I like everything that is connected with using computer and Internet. Web tools give me a lot of fun. I believe that when students see their teacher very excited about something then they also want to try it. I'm very enthusiastic about this project and fortunately my students share it ;) I hope that in this way they will improve their knowledge about Internet tools and the languages of our world.
15: Name: Kairi Laane Location: Viimsi, Estonia Job: teacher, ICT trainer Work: Viimsi High School Why VOTW? VOTW gives me a chance to make something different from my colleagues while teaching different subjects and helps me to let my students experience the world in more colours and varieties. VOTW gives my students the opportunity to interact with peers all over the world, gather information about culture and languages. In the process of the project VOTW I have developed my teaching skills, gathered new ideas and had the opportunity to share my views with my colleagues.
16: Name: Becky Herl Location: Burrton, Kansas USA Work:Prek-5 Computer Teacher and District Technology Integration Specialist Why VOTW? I am a member of VOTW because it is a great way to expose my students and their families to other cultures around the world. We have fun participating in the monthly projects and enjoy viewing everyone’s submissions.
17: Name Karin Ulvelid Location Gteborg in Sweden Job I am teacher in first grade, also an eTwinning ambassador Work Dala School in the west of Gteborg Why VOTW? I met Sharon in Tallinn, Estonia, in June 2007 and she had this great idea. We were about five enthusiastic teachers who couldn't resist it and her... I have never regreted this and the project has taken my work with ICT to new levels. This is my second year with VOTW.