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
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
How Can Students Use it?
Group and Individual Projects
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
1. Example 1
2. Example 2
3. Example 3
Lets Try it Out
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.
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