Teacher Review For VoiceThread

Create powerpoints with voice overs for a Flipped Classroom approach

Chantal R.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
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 used it to create videos of lectures that I would normally do in my class, then have the students watch it at home, saving classroom time for more interactive lessons. I have also used it to have the students present an assignment. Being an ESL teacher, it gave the students the opportunity to practice their speaking until they got it right, with great results while building their confidence.
My Take
It is an easy to use way of creating video lessons that other users can interact with. Create a presentation using powerpoint or the like, then voice over and use a draw tool to enhance the presentation so that students or others, can watch it like a lecture. I see it as a great way to use the Flipped Classroom approach, as you create your presentation, voice over and draw over like you would when in front of the class, then share it with your students, who can then watch it at their leisure and own pace, and also add comments if you let them. I found that this reduces stress on homework completion as students simply have to watch a video rather than work that often they would struggle with. Then, class time is spent on dealing with these more difficult areas and helping the students with their work, leading to a more student centered class, which is rare at the college levels.