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  • Using Voicethread to Enhance Student Engagement

    Summer Peixoto Monica McCuistion University of Kansas

    TESOL 2015 E-Village

  • With increased access to learning resources, tools and information, students are drawn deeper into a topic than ever before. They can even direct their own learning. In fact, when

    done well, students dont just learn with technology- they create.

    Taken from http://researchnetwork.pearson.com/elearning/technology-can-boost-student-engagement

  • Why Voicethread?

    Accessible: Anyone with an internet connection in the world can access Voicethread.

    User-friendly: Voicethreads are easy to create and share individually or in groups.

    Applicable: It is useful for all skill levels and all educational situations.

  • What is Voicethread?

    A cloud-based tool used to create, share, and collaborate on individual or group discussion and projects.

    Utilizes "threading", or on-going, asynchronous conversations in the cloud that center around images, presentations, recorded comments, or videos.

  • Requirements and Access

    Reliable headset with a microphone, internet, updated Adobe Flash, and a reliable browser such as Firefox or Chrome.

    Access to help and a library of Voicethread samples are accessible through the website.

    Integrate with your current Learning Mangement System

    Access the free mobile application through ITUNES and Google Play.

  • How can Voicethread Enhance Student Engagement?

    Assist students in constructing meaning

    Hands-on work in or out of class

    Collaborative learning situations promote exploration of content

    Engage with course content in and out of class

    On-going discussions

    Active participation

  • How Can Students Use it?

    Pronunciation Activities

    Mini-Presentations

    Self-Evaluations

    Peer Evaluations

    Group and Individual Projects

    Discussion Activities

  • How can teachers use it?

    Assessment of oral skills oral grammar discourse marker use presentation skills oral summary and response recording

    Group work and conversation skills

    Target pronunciation instruction

  • Examples

    1. Example 1

    2. Example 2

    3. Example 3

  • Lets Try it Out

  • Conclusions

    Voicethread is an excellent tool to enhance student engagement both in and out of class.

    Students can share and express themselves orally at their own pace.

    Outcomes are measurable.

    Demonstrated application of learned concepts.

    Active and on-going participation is a natural element.

  • Thank you!

    View our Weebly site at http://tesoltoronto.weebly.com/

    Summer : summer@ku.edu

    Monica: momax320@ku.edu

  • References

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    Brunvand, S., & Byrd, S. (2011). Using Voicethread to Promote Learning Engagement and Success for All Students. Teaching Exceptional Children, 43(4), 28-37. Retrieved March 18, 2015, from http://voicethread.com/media/misc/support/JTECVoiceThread.pdf

    Scardamalia, M., & Bereiter, C. (2006). Knowledge building: Theory, pedagogy, and technology. In K. Sawyer (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences (pp. 97-118). New York: Cambridge University Press.

    Using VoiceThread to Create Meaningful Receptive and Expressive Learning Activities for Young Children - Springer. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10643-012-0521-1

    Voicethread LLC (2007 - 2011). Home page. retrieved from https://voicethread.com/

    Wardlow, L. (n.d.). Researchnetwork.pearson.com. Retrieved March 18, 2015 from http://researchnetwork.pearson.com/wp-content/uploads/DigitalAge_EngagementScience_042914.pdf