Teacher Review For VoiceThread

Great tool for encouraging hesitant language learners

Jon Z.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
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
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use VoiceThread to give hesitant speakers in a World Language class another option. They see a photo or cartoon as a visual prompt and record their descriptions with the app. This removes the pressure of speaking in front of the entire class and is a way of improving participation by all learners. They also like to listen to classmates' descriptions.
My Take
VoiceThread can be adapted to many different disciplines. It also lends itself to teachers running a flipped classroom environment. While set-up is quick, it can be quite time-consuming to go through all of the responses, especially for more complex prompts. I have also experienced glitching when students tried to access an embedded VoiceThread in Haiku LMS. That issue may lie with the LMS, however.