Teacher Review For VoiceThread

Digital storytelling at its best.

Eric R.
Technology coordinator
Jack C Hays High School
Buda, TX
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
VoiceThread is an app that allows your to voice annotate an image. This can work well collaboratively or independently. I have seen it used with ELL students for a teacher to digitally record a story, so the students could hear the works being spoken in a station (allowing the teacher to be free to facilitate throughout the classroom). I have assigned a small group to take snapshots with the iPad and then reflect on the pictures using the voiceover tool. In small groups, students can work collaboratively remotely. If a document is uploaded then each voice comment on the file. This is difficult for lower grade levels, because every student needs a profile associated with an email address. If this is not done beforehand then it will not work well. One profile allows about 5 devices to be logged onto the same account.
My Take
This app is very easy to use and works beautifully for collaboration, team projects, vocalization/verbalization for ELL's, and demonstration of mastery.