Teacher Review For Voxopop

Audio Discussion and Collaboration Board

Stacie T.
Technology Integrator
Hanover County Public Schools
Ashland, VA
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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
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My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 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
Voxopop is a good alternative to the more traditional discussion board features you might find on Blackboard or other Learning Management Systems. Participating in discussion boards for academic purposes can be quite daunting for some people who struggle with writing. Voxopop can help while also still giving students a voice and allowing them to further develop communication and collaboration skills. I can see Voxopop being an ideal tool used in an online (specifically asyncronous communication) or flipped learning environment more so than the traditional face-to-face classroom setting. I like this tool being offered as an option to jump start group work/discussion on a long-term project or a way to discuss and debate various topics. A teacher could use this as a way to give out directions for a particular task and then students can chime in if they have questions or comments.
My Take
I like the idea of Voxopop especially the fact that it's an alternative to written discussion boards. This provides choice and a way to differentiate for your students based on their need. What I don't like is the fact that it doesn't look like it's kept up with the times (the blog hasn't been updated since February 2011) which makes we wonder about future support. When I first accessed the site, one of the newest talkgroups listed on the home page was titled with some foul language. The website interface is very distracting, wordy, and ad-supported. I believe students would be very likely to click on an ad thinking they were trying to create or record and then be led astray. With all that being said, I would recommend this website for upper middle and high school students, but with reservations on the questionable content that you might stumble upon along with the fact that students need an email address to participate.