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How to use Voicethread in the classroom

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Jessica Scanlon

on 23 March 2014

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How to use Voicethread in the classroom
What is Voicethread?
Voicethread is an online application in which you can upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, files, and videos.
At Eisenhower, students are expected to be active participants and interact with technology in all grade levels. Eisenhower's goal is to seamlessly integrate technology into the classroom every day. Voicethread can be used with all ages and in all subject areas.
How can I use Voicethread in my classroom?
You can use this website to upload videos, pictures, files, and more. You can comment on the media that is uploaded, and students can comment as well.
Examples: comment on files, share writing pieces, showcase student work, present information to the class, use commentary to explain photos from science/social studies unit, explain new strategies, etc.

What are the benefits of using Voicethread?
Can be used in whole group lessons, small group, or individually
It is web-based, so it can be accessed from the classroom, home, library, etc.
Voicethreads can be stored and accessed at a later time for review
It is free and is a great way to differentiate instruction in the classroom
Demonstration of using Voicethread:
Extra help for creating your own Voicethread:
Ways to use Voicethread in the classroom:
Visit this website to see 26 interesting ways to use Voicethread in the classroom:

Examples of Voicethread for education
Voicethread can be used in all subject areas:
Reading- teacher introduces a book and students comment about the setting and characters and make predictions for the story
Social Studies- students comment on a history cartoon and make connections to what they are learning from their text
Science- students explain a hypothesis for an upcoming experiment
Math- students comment on a word problem with the strategy they used to solve the problem

What are the current trends for using Voicethread in the classroom?

Here is a link for examples on how teachers use Voicethread in kindergarten through second grade classrooms: http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/K-2

Here is a link for examples on how teachers use Voicethread in third through fifth grade classrooms: http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/3-5

Here is an article about using Voicethread to promote learning for all students: http://voicethread.com/media/misc/support/JTECVoiceThread.pdf
By: Jessica Scanlon
Look at this website for some additional useful tips for using Voicethread: http://voicethread.com/media/misc/getting_started_educator_mpb.pdf
Here is the Voicethread support website: http://voicethread.com/support/howto/Basics/
How to use Voicethread: YouTube help video
Benefits for All Learners:
Diverse Learners and Adaptations:
Students can practice social skills with responding to pictures with things they would say in a particular situation
Could help struggling readers, because they can use visual cues and verbal comments to support their reading
Gives students an opportunity to respond to class discussion at their own pace and without doing it in front of others
Can be used as an adaptation for group work so that students can collaborate without being face-to-face
Easy to use for students of all levels
Students can use voice comments or can type their message, depending on their ability and comfort level
Allows students to be involved in discussions at their own pace
Students are able to contribute to class discussions in a less intimidating way than doing it in front of the whole class
It can be accessed from anywhere, so students can leave comments from home and school
Remember the Laws!
When you are inserting pictures and videos into your presentation, be sure to remember to follow copyright laws. Look at this website to learn how to look for appropriate resources: http://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/detective/thelaw.html
Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues
When using this technology, be sure to remember to watch out for the types of pictures, videos, and links that you use. Look at this chart to see what teachers are specifically allowed to use when following copyright laws: http://www.halldavidson.net/copyright_chart.pdf
Google images: click on search tools, then usage rights, then labeled for reuse
Here is a summary of the copyright laws for public schools: http://www2.ccboe.com/library/copyrightforschools.pd
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