Teacher Review For VoiceThread

Powerful multi-age, cross-curricular tool

Gail D.
Technology Integration Specialist
EGUSD Technology Services
Elk Grove, CA
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My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use VoiceThread to document history happening in our own communities. In the Upstanders, Not Bystanders VoiceThread (https://voicethread.com/new/share/4134620/), for instance, I’ve been able to capture a range of first-hand accounts of character and courage. From the kindergarten student sharing about a classmate who stood up for him on the playground, to the high school student who stood up for herself and challenged a gang member, to the only American to remain in Rwanda during the 100-day genocide - every story, every voice matters.
My Take
It’s rare to find a single tool that allows preschoolers to publish and share their illustrated stories and college professors to extend their lectures and assignments. VoiceThread is truly an early childhood through adult application for creating visual audiocasts to address curricular subjects and global topics. In the Upstanders, Not Bystanders App Flow (/app-flows/upstanders-not-bystanders), you can see how VoiceThread makes it possible to build a shared conversation, yet break it out by adult, elementary, middle school, and high school sections.