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