Another free Web 2.0 resource – VoiceThread. VoiceThread is an online medium which can hold almost any type of media (images, documents ( PDF’s) and videos) and it allows students to comment in 5 different ways – using voice (with a microphone), text, (which students type in directly) an audio file, or video (with a webcam). A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared.

We’ve used this application in History lessons and you might wish to see a saved result. (Click on the image below and the link will take you to student responses to the question presented.) I do believe that the tool provides excellent opportunities to develop assessment for learning.  Playing back the various students Voicethread comments during class discussion enabled those who hadn’t quite grasped the full meaning of the history cartoon to reflect on the contributions of those students who had. This meant that one doesn’t necessarily have to write long comments after each student’s work as, without having to say so, they could see whether they had written enough and how and why their ideas needed to be developed further.


 A colleague of Jose Picardo’s, an excellent MFL teacher, has written some instructions on how to create a Voicethread account and get started. (See the end of this post on how to access these.)

Further uses of VoiceThread include:

  • Upload a PDF of an exam question.  Students can answer it during homework and then discuss responses during a lesson.
  •  Digital storytelling – (Create your own ending to a text prompt, write a story based on an image.)
  • Poetry Anthology & Book reviews.
  • Create a “What if scenario.” (Based on an image – Geography or Sciences)
  • Maths games.
  • Problem solving quizzes.  
  • Debate topics.

Follow this link to see examples of the above VoiceTheads. I’ve included a link to some Maths examples.  

Silvia Tolisano has written an excellent guide on digital storytelling tools. One of the “How to’s” is on Voicethread. The PDF file is too large to upload to the blog, but a Google search will return this PDF. Scroll through the PDF to read up on how to create your own. Please don’t hesitate to ask for assistance if you wish to use VoiceThread with a  class.

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