Teacher Review For VoiceThread

Presenting content in a collaborative way

J H.
Classroom teacher
Mellon Middle School
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 8
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have built an online library of content in my course and post it on my class website. Therefore, students have access to my course content 24/7. I try and keep each VoiceThread to a 5-10 minute time frame. Here is what you need to do: 1) Write your script. Keep it simple. Focus on the major issues/concepts. 2) Organize your ideas into "chunks" and collect images best representing these "chunks", 3) Build a slideshow (PowerPoint?) of your images and save it in pdf format. 4) Create a VoiceThread and import your pdf file. 5) Record yourself talking (or reading script) via webcam. 6) Post your VoiceThread on a webpage or share via link. 7) Your permissions will determine who can participate in the VoiceThread. 8) I recommend setting it so that each day you receive notifications of new responses... it lets you go back and respond to student remarks/questions.
My Take
VoiceThread has become an integral part of my 8th grade USHistory course because it allows me to post online lessons that are interactive. Both students and teachers can post responses via keyboard (text), phone (audio), microphone (audio), or audio/video (webcam). As with any tool, you will learn more tricks once you are accustomed to the format and experiment.