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    How VoiceThread Enhances Class Discussions

    By: Aylin Dunham
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    In this Whiteboard Wednesday we take a look inside the unique learning platform, VoiceThread. VoiceThread makes class discussions easy because because of the many different ways students can interact. It allows students to contribute in the way that best fits their comfort level, making it easier for those who do not speak up in class to offer their opinions. Watch our Whiteboard Wednesday to see how VoiceThread can be applied to a real class discussion.

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    Hi, I’m Courtney with Automatic Sync, and in this Whiteboard Wednesday I’m going to show you the VoiceThread multimedia platform. VoiceThread makes class discussions fast, easy and interactive. VoiceThread discussions are also more flexible than traditional classroom discussions. With multiple ways to communicate, students feel more comfortable and motivated to contribute.

    Here’s how it works. The instructor begins the thread by posting media, in video or image formats. Next, the instructor can add voice and text comments that relate to the slide. Audio can then be captioned through the VoiceThread CaptionSync integration. Students are also able to start their own threads. They might do this, for example, if they are sharing a presentation.

    Once the thread is created, students view and listen to the media and can respond by clicking the add comment button at the bottom of the screen. Here they can choose to comment by text, audio from their phone or computer’s microphone, webcam or by uploading preexisting content. While recording audio, they can draw on the slide to point out certain parts they are discussing. They can scroll down the left column to see posts from all participants. To go to the next slide, click the arrow in the bottom right corner. Audio comments from participants can also be captioned.

    Now that you’ve seen how this simple VoiceThread is, think of the many benefits it offers. VoiceThread can be used for valuable peer feedback and review. It allows time for students to reflect on the material before they contribute. It also makes it easy for those who rarely speak up in class to voice their opinion. You can learn about other benefits on the VoiceThread website and browse through examples. There are resources and links below. Thank you for watching this week’s Whiteboard Wednesday.