Teacher Review For VoiceThread

Teacher/student-friendly presentation and digital-storytelling tool

James D.
Educator/Curriculum Developer
IdeaDriven Education
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies, English Language Learning
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I first started using VoiceThread as a Spanish teacher (elementary grades) because it was a great venue for students to combine oral and written language. I had them retell stories we read in class, create presentations about family or home, and do mini research projects. As a middle school teacher, I have had students use VoiceThread to do book talks/presentations, do projects on urbanisation and adaptation, and projects about elements of literature. It's simple and straight forward to use. Students like it because they can easily redo things and fix mistakes. I always require both text and voice to go with images. I particularly like that students can comment on each other's presentations. Our school got student accounts for everyone, so set up is super easy. As with most digital tools, I present this as an option (not a required tool).
My Take
VoiceThread is a platform for students to showcase learning; this is the reason for the low scores on 'Pedagogy' and 'Supports' above. It is a good vehicle for learning the elements of a good digital story - especially if you take time for students to analyse each other's work - but it's not a learning tool per se. Overall, this is an effective and appealing way for students to share learning and engage an audience.