This summer, I was turned on to the webtool VoiceThread through a class I took on Multimodality. Though I had heard of the tool before, I was quick to dismiss it for lack of understanding its capability.
As the folks at VoiceThread say, it allows you to have “conversations in the cloud.” Capitalizing on cloud-based software, designers of the tool are filling a need for people who would like to comment (and save the comments) online. Once I found that not only was VoiceThread literally as easy as 1-2-3 but there was indeed “an app for that,” I was hooked.
With an increase focus on flipping the classroom, I have chosen to investigate this tool due to its ease of use, iOS device friendliness and cloud storage. Check out my journey…
As you can see, VoiceThread has major implications for:
- Personal Productivity
- Professional Development
- Classroom Instruction
Recently, the impact of VoiceThread was fully felt when my 7th grade social studies class began collaborating with the 3rd grade class for a unit on debating. After watching a lively debate in my 7th grade class, 3rd graders debated the answer to which is more important: rights and responsibilities? Due to scheduling conflicts, my 7th graders were unable to watch the 3rd grade debate live. Quickly thinking, the 3rd grade teacher recorded the debate to a flash drive. However, this meant that my students weren’t able to comment…in comes VoiceThread…
I uploaded the video to VoiceThread and my students recorded comments to each team there. The third grade teacher is planning to play these comments for her students in the upcoming days.
Stories like these could occur in any setting, whether in education or not, where time is a precious commodity. With the help of VoiceThread, educators and professionals alike can move their conversations to the cloud…and store them for future reference!