Making sure that students read assignments can be a challenge. Some teachers use reading quizzes or one-page papers, while others create discussion boards. But as a given quarter nears its end, those options can seem laborious to both students and the instructor. VoiceThread is extremely user-friendly for students of varying technological abilities and offers an alternative that gives students options of how they respond, while still satisfying the goal of assessing how well they read assignments.
As many educators have discovered, especially language and art teachers, there are a myriad of educational possibilities with VoiceThread. For example, students can practice foreign language skills by describing a picture. They can analyze and comment upon historically significant photographs or architecture. A class can create a virtual tour of a place or event they are studying. VoiceThread can even be used as a means to debate a topic.
Ultimately, Voicethread offers a platform that visually simulates a real discussion and helps to prepare students for class in an engaging manner that offers practice for not only writing but (for some students) oral presentation skills. Take a look!
By: Alexandra L. Freer, CA BOCES Learning Resources