Thinking Machine shows a VoiceThread and describes 100, yes 100 ways to use VoiceThread in the classroom. One particularly interesting thought is to use VoiceThread in the Bilingual Language classroom. What a fantastic opportunity to practice using the target language in a second language classroom by creating an opportunity for conversation around an image. Penn State University posted 24 Ways to Use VoiceThread in the classroom.
|from the Hortonville Area School District website|
Bill Ferriter describes the use of VoiceThread in the classroom as a tool to banish timidity and to boost participation. Ferriter says
more students participate more actively in digital discussions than in the classroom. "You don't have to be the loud one or the popular one," he points out. When he asked his students about their online involvement, he said they cited the sense of safety: "They can think about their comments beforehand." They also liked the fact that any VoiceThread has multiple conversations going on at once. "In a classroom conversation, there's generally one strand of conversation going at any one time, and if you're bored by that particular strand, you're completely disengaged.
|screen shot from my iPhone|
Finally, I discovered the mobile app for iPhone. It is brilliant. I could watch my VoiceThread right on my phone AND I can even create a VoiceThread on my phone. Everyday I am amazed at how I can use technology.
My hope is that with all of this rationale to share with teachers, they will see the value of using VoiceThread in the classroom.