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Friday, February 16 • 3:50pm - 4:15pm
#6 - Using Voicethread to Support and Enhance Student Presentations of Learning

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Technology: I will share how my students use Voicethread for presentations of learning with relation to effective instruction for English Learners. For the assignment, students research an instructional strategy, prepare a Voicethread to explain the strategy, and then model the strategy in a hands-on manner during our class meeting. The use of Voicethread for this assignment enhances student learning because the format requires students to synthesize information, and encourages preservice teachers to integrate visual, audio and text to communicate ideas more effectively. This reinforces principles of Universal Design for Learning and allows us to focus on hands-on applications in class.
Evidence: In mid-term evaluations, the majority of students stated that they enjoyed completing the voicethread project and noted a few different reasons. For one, many are unfamiliar with the tool, which is versatile and applicable to elementary classroom settings and projects. Students state that they appreciate being able to view one another’s’ projects and learn from one another. The format allows the learner to go back and re-view the material and, if preferred, read along with the script. Additionally, because students must prepare the voicethread in advance of the in-class modeling of the strategy, I have observed that the overall quality of these in-class presentations has improved.
Broader Impacts: By introducing students to different ways to apply technology to supporting and enhancing their own learning, perhaps they will be more open to integrating technology and multi-modal projects into their own teaching in the future.


Shanan Fitts

Associate Professor, Appalachian State University

Friday February 16, 2018 3:50pm - 4:15pm PST
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