Teacher Review For VoiceThread

Outstanding Presentation Tool

Jennifer N.
Classroom teacher
Gateway North Elementary
St. Johns, MI
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My Grades 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
VoiceThread has been used in several ways in my classroom. My students have created VoiceThread presentations to showcase what they have learned through research or in class. As we learn about the planets, students create a VoiceThread with a partner about their planet and then view and comment on the presentations of other students. They learn from each other. We've also used this tool in conjunction with digital cameras to create whole class presentations. When learning how to name shapes, we took pictures of triangles and quadrilaterals, and then used the thread to name them and explain the reason for our naming choice.
My Take
My students love this tool for presentations. They really enjoy having the choice to type or record their comments, and the headphone/microphone technology, although simple, is exciting for them, even after several uses. It is versatile in that in can be used in any subject area and with a variety of grade levels. VoiceThread provides the option for an authentic audience when presenting and is unique in that comments are easily added for collaboration and/or reflection purposes.