Teacher Review for VoiceThread

Collaboration and peer evaluation tool that is snazzy when done.

Dana C.
Media specialist/librarian
Whitefish Middle 5-6
Whitefish, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I bought access to this program for low literacy students to create a project following the research report guidelines of the rest of the 8th grade. It doesn't teach, but it allows integration of student thinking and technology tools, which is always a great motivator for school strugglers. The POWER is in the feedback. We had peers, paraprofessionals, and special ed. teachers ask questions and leave specific comments. Awesome.
My Take
Students love the ability to reflect and get peer comments about their work. It is not cheap, so I would love to see a free education version in the near future. My students and I also struggled a bit with creating inside VoiceThread, so we ended up using powerpoint and posting it afterward.