VoiceThread

Voicethread

VoiceThread is a platform for teaching, learning, training, and collaborating, on-demand. It helps to bridge the gap between standard video lectures and real-time discussions. VoiceThread makes it possible for students to conduct conversations in the cloud with the help of audio, video and text. Additionally, it allows students who are viewing the presentation to join the conversation with audio, video, and textual comments. The presenter will describe how her students used VoiceThread during an asynchronous class. She will describe the assignment, share examples of student work, and explain her grading method.

Benefits of Using VoiceThread with my ALS Doctoral Class

1. I covered the content I needed to cover in an asynchronous format.
2. Students had an opportunity to develop all four 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking) and use a wide range of resources available online.
3. Students who listened to the presentations actually had to pay attention and respond (text, audio or video) to content shared.
4. The creator of the VT/Presenter got feedback and was able to process this and respond with a summative comment. They had the opportunity to reflect on why some slides stimulated greater thought than others, and “see” themselves in action.
5. Easy to grade. I had the opportunity to hear students’ voices, and other students’ reaction to their comments.

How to Get Started?

1. Register at: http://voicethread.com/
2. Review Michell Pacansky-Brock’s Example: http://voicethread.com/?#q.b908650.i4836718
3. Decide on the purpose of the VT and clearly articulate this when you describe the assignment in the syllabus. Let your description reflect both product and process.
4. Show examples and non-examples of student work. Discuss common errors that students make.
5. Be patient. Recognize that the learning curve is steep for some students.

Visit VoiceThread’s Digital Library at http://voicethread.com/about/library/ to access articles about successful VoiceThread projects. This is a valuable resource that offers guidance and inspiration for people undertaking new projects.

Need some help in creating a VoiceThread? Access a guide that will walk you though the process by visiting: http://voicethread.com/support/guides/

Some of my Favorite VoiceThreads

Social Studies: https://voicethread.com/about/library/4th_Grade__Letters_from_the_Internment_Camps/

Language Arts: https://voicethread.com/about/library/connotations/

Mathematics: https://voicethread.com/#q.b163901.i873468

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  1. https://voicethread.com/myvoice/#thread/67978/350123/362536 “what does the network mean to you? “This voice thread was designed to find out the impact of voice thread to different people, including the educators. the initiator begins by sharing how he has used it in different ways to stimulate, enhance public involvement in sharing creative ideas about this tool. Various people explain the ways in which it has simplified their research, increased collaboration with a larger group of individuals, and was so good because it fosters all the 4Cs very easily and conveniently. There are several ideas dincreased creativity through the exposure to a wide range of views from the responses. This example iscovered from the participants!
    https://voicethread.com/myvoice/#thread/266052/1563166/1666887 “100people project: A world portrait”. This voice thread was meant to appreciate the role models to the people in different societies. Members of the public identify only one member who has played a big role in transforming lives/areas, etc. they paint his portrait and spell out why he/she is most important to them. Other people see the portrait and comment. This example was good for several reasons;
    1. People/students were able to evaluate and appreciate the members of society
    2. They were able to paint a portrait and this involved critical thinking through comparing the impact of different members of society before making a choice and creativity so as to bring out the description given about the person selected.
    3. They were able to get feedback about their portraits and appraisal for their role models
    4. They were able to communicate their feelings about the person selected
    I will be able to use voice threads in my classroom in different ways
    a) present an open ended question and allow the students to post their opinions on the topic. This will give chance to those who are less talkative in class to participate
    b) Present a topic and allow the students to summarize it in a given number of pictures/photos. These can attract comments from fellow students and / the teacher
    c) Assign the student to take photos of geographical features in their local areas, post the and explain their importance in the area.

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