The Digital Library is a database of articles about successful VoiceThread projects. Our hope is to create a resource that offers guidance and inspiration for people undertaking new projects. Please contribute a VoiceThread to help the Digital Library grow.

ESL

All About Polar Bears - Kindergarten ESL by Monica Schnee
Monica Schnee taught a nonfiction social studies/science unit about polar bears. We spent a lot of time reading books, looking at websites, particularly National Geographic and Nature on PBS. They collected facts, a word that children learned in nonfiction. Then, each student chose a fact, wrote it and had to illustrate it like a true nonfiction illustrator.
Higher Ed Grammar Practice - Infinitive or Gerund?
Students practice grammar by forming sentences from a word cloud.
Language learners use VoiceThread to practice speaking - Bophany Huot, City College of San Francisco
This is a great example of how an ESL student can practice her computer skills and her language skills to talk about everyday activities. Students can practice speaking as many times as they like before they can show it to their teachers/classmates.

Education

Using VoiceThread in an online course from Professor Russ Meade
VoiceThread "humanizes" the on-line classroom experience. As a college Professor, I teach all over the US exclusively asynchronously. One of the drawbacks of online learning has always been that the student feels isolated and unconnected with either his or her classmates...
Higher Ed from Della Curtis
An engaging discussion between graduate students looking to earn a master's degree in education. This example showcases the collaboration that can be captured in a VoiceThread between colleagues...

English/Lang Arts

Lubo's Dream - First Grade English by Katie Stover
First graders used VoiceThread to publish their writing to advocate for social justice with a wide audience beyond the four walls of the classroom.
The C.U.B. Process by Ellen Phillips
C.U.B. is a great strategy to use on any type of question and in any content area. It teaches students to analyze the question by breaking it down into smaller parts to make it easier to comprehend and answer.
"Chicago" Literary Analysis - by Vicki Phillips
The poem “Chicago" illustrates the critical thinking skills that I want to help promote and encourage in my students. As we read some of Sandburg's poetry in class, I realized that the students did not really have the time to absorb or think about the poetry we were studying due to class time restrictions and the amount of material we cover in American Literature over the quarter. I wanted to select one poem to analyze and explore in depth. It was important to select a poem where they could study not only the words, but the meaning behind the words as well.
6th grade - Connotations from Julie Combs
Students learn what "connotation" means and then come up with descriptive words for various images.
Book Review: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park from C Vidor
This VoiceThread aims to make these elements a bit more familiar to students with brief explanations and interesting images. The VoiceThread also suggests ways in which some themes of the book are evident in the story's imagery.
2nd graders play I-Spy
The project incorporates many tech skills as well as many literacy skills into a fun project they children loved. The parents and teachers also loved sharing their students work.
 
Higher Ed analysis of Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"
This VoiceThread encouraged my students to critically examine the story and post their insights for the entire world to see. I saw them go from being reluctant and nervous students to enthusiastic and totally engaged teachers of one another.
8th grade Historical Fiction from Shirley Scamardella
This picture book was written, illustrated and told by students. It was entered into the Scholastic Books, Kids are Authors Contest and it won Honorable Mention. I feel this is a good VoiceThread because this is the finished product of a two month project.
Poetry and Illustration from Constance Vidor
The Poetry and Illustration VoiceThread shows how illustration can be used to interpret and illuminate poetry written for young readers. It begins by showing illustrations by two different illustrators of Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat.
Comparing J.S. Bach and Paul McCartney, Constance Vidor
The J.S. Bach and Paul McCartney VoiceThread introduces young learners to the great baroque composer by way of a comparison/contrast with a musician with whom they are more familiar.
 
1st grade - Reading Analysis from Leanne Windsor
This VoiceThread was a culmination of a project we did in library to get the children thinking about the books they were choosing to read and why they liked them. They were also learning about story structure...
Kindergarten Storybook from Leanne Windsor
This VoiceThread displays the illustrations that the children drew with author Alison Lester when she visited our school. We followed the pattern of her picture book series about children and what they are doing day to day.
4th Grade - Where I'm From Poems from Tara McCartney
Students shared personally significant poetry against a backdrop of their own self portrait. This VoiceThread gave students a chance to share their work orally, as well as to explore the cultural differences between our students in a safe environment.
12th Grade - A Day in the Life from Joanie Batts
These High-School seniors used VoiceThread to create the final segment to a school wide literacy project, "A Day in the Life of Dunnellon High School."
 
4th Grade - I Am Poems from Jackie Gerstein
The "I am" feedback project demonstrates a method for providing qualitative feedback to students' poetry: students began with a hands-on activity: the magnetic poetry, and later put it into a VoiceThread.
4th Grade English from Ms. Naugle
VoiceThread enabled my students to put their poems out in an audio format to be shared with others. They eagerly practiced their speaking fluency to get it "just right" because they wanted to impress their "audience".
4th Grade book-reading discussion from Krystina Kelly
This VoiceThread shows how a wide number of students from different classes and grades can use VoiceThread to have an asynchronous conversation about books.
 
Kindergarten reading from Heather Taylor
I think that this is a good project because the children are able to share some of their experiences with reading and talking about books at home.
 
7th Grade from Amy Cobb
This is a great example of what a VoiceThread can do when embedded in a blog: foster global conversation.
 
7th Grade from Amy Cobb 2
In place of a written assessment the students were asked to take all the information they gathered from their study on Edgar Allan Poe and put it all into the "What do you know about Poe?" VoiceThread.
7th Grade from Amy Cobb 3
This is a powerful reflection of a young girl's seventh grade experience. It tells a story using six photos that defined her middle school year.
 
3rd Grade from Alice Mercer
This VoiceThread demonstrates the use of features that are unique to the application. The creator has used both voice and text to "teach" the lesson.
 

Foreign Language

Compare Them: Chinese Grammar Practice for 9-12
Chinese language students practice comparative grammar.
Using a Bilingual Spanish-English Dictionary by David Thompson
VoiceThread is a tool that allows instructors to create on-line learning tutorials that are both content-rich and interactive. Not only can tutorials made with VoiceThread help students see concepts and processes better, they let students actively engage the concepts / processes. Interactive tutorials made with VoiceThread ask students to practice what they learn outside of class, so the instructor can observe their practice, respond with feedback, or modify classroom teaching to address students' needs.
Les sons des animaux (Animal Sounds) by Audrey Misiano
This multi-age global VoiceThread is an example of how you can create a project that can keep on growing with more and more participants from around the world. There are voices of children from pre-school all the way up to about 10 years of age involved in this project. It was very fun for the children to hear the voices of other children as they were added.
Grades 3-6 - Hindi
This VoiceThread was created as a homework assignment for STARTALK summer Hindi immersion camp for kids in grades 3rd thru 6th. Kids loved this homework, as no writing was involved, they could use the technology and it gave them good reading, listening and speaking practice.
10th grade Chinese language practice from Lilia Hurteau
VoiceThread can be used to teach Chinese in a high school setting. Students have to repeat the words and then make sentences with the new vocabulary. They record themselves and they have to be creative.
9th grade Chinese language lesson from James Rolle
VoiceThread provides a medium for this character-by-character explanation of a commonly used phrase in Chinese that students can listen to and learn on their own time.
 
11th grade - French fluency and history from Hassina Taylor
Students found that responding to my questions orally via the Internet was a great way to improve on their fluency, and they found it very challenging to use the visual cues to find answers. They concentrated much better and retained information because it is a "hands-on"...
3rd grade language "Les Trois Petits Cochons" from Mme Smith
Using VoiceThread, students realized the power of voice as a tool of expression. All students in the class were able to contribute to this VoiceThread presentation of a play they had learned.
Higher-Ed, Studying Abroad in Ecuador, David Thompson
This VoiceThread is a good example of digital storytelling for the purpose of reflecting on a study abroad experience.
 
7th Grade Spanish from Eve Millard
Learning a second or foreign language, these students are introduced to vocabulary via images or text, and engage in oral practice of the language.
 

Information Technology

Higher Ed blogs in teaching from Kristen Kozloski, Ph.D.
We used blogging as a reflective practice in my course on Designing Multimedia for Learning. This is an example of our final reflection, as a class, of that blogging process.
 
Higher Ed online technologies from Jen Hegna
The goal of this project was to have each team member reflect upon tools we utilized to collaborate and complete our online project entitled - Disrupting TCS 702.
 

Mathematics

Feed the Fish - 1st Grade Math from Heather Reinbrecht
This VoiceThread is a great example of using technology to get children interested in a math lesson.
7th graders practice Math in Action from Ms Redd
VoiceThread showcases this great example of Math in Action. My students love the idea that they can comment on a video featuring one of their teachers and it feels like they aren't even doing math!!
7th Grade - Exploring Probability from Britt Gow
Students from two countries were able to comment on the slides which show images of probability problems. My students enjoyed this exercise and another teacher has used it in her class to extend each of the problems.
7th Grade - Measurement from Britt Gow
Year 7 students from Hawkesdale P12 college were able to share their knowledge with Grade 5/6 students from a Ballarat Primary School about measurement and ratio. Students were required to articulate their thinking...
Higher Ed teaching with technology from Ellen Dobson
This VoiceThread, entitled "Surfometry," was created by a student-teacher as an assignment for a "Computers in Education" course. The creator incorporated images, video and graphics into an engaging geometry lesson.

Professional Development

Group Wikis and Inclusion/Exclusion in Higher Ed - by the Learning Technologies Team at University of Durham
We are using the functionality of VoiceThreads to address a real problem for us as staff developers - how to share good teaching practice. By uploading videos describing the approaches and experiences of teachers, we are providing an easy to access resource for our lecturers to find out about the approaches and projects of their peers. By using the features of VoiceThread, we have captured the perspectives of teaching colleagues and students.
Language from Carla Arena
This professional-development instructor used VoiceThread to introduce new technology for education to her groups of educators.
 

Science

Higher Ed Radiology Case Study from Heather Schmuck
This VoiceThread gives users a chance to critically think and problem solve a real life scenario. This specific VoiceThread is geared toward radiology students currently enrolled within a program who possess some knowledge of pathology and protocols.
9th graders write Children's stories about astronomy, Mrs. Edenstrom
I had all of my 9th grade science students do a Children's story about astronomy. They had to have facts, but tell it in a creative way that could be read and understood by elementary aged students! I had great success with this.
4th graders study plants in collaboration with Pakistani students
Students from the US collaborate with Pakistani students to learn about a common interest! This project can be used by teachers of any grade level, can be shown to parents, can be a model for showing kids the possibilities of the medium.
7th Grade - The Water Cycle from Britt Gow
Year 7 Science students did a unit of work on water and the water cycle. They were asked to draw a picture containing mountains, clouds, the sea, a lake, a forest and an underground water reservoir (aquifer).
1st Grade Science from Michele Green
First grade students researched fish in the library, used Paint to draw pictures of them, and then recorded their voices.
 

Social Studies

Suicide Scenarios - 9th Grade Health by Mr. Carriere
This module serves as a lifelike simulation for Health students who need to make critical decisions in real life situations.
6th Grade - African Vocabulary by Julie Williams
Sixth grade students showcase their vocabulary learning through poetry as relates to Africa and African culture.
Our Community by Jasmane Frans
Second-grade students participated in a global project about communities with 10 other schools. Sao Paola, a school in Brazil led the project.
8th Grade - The Human Spirit - From Roberta
Students discuss what the "human spirit" means.
The Silk Road - from Constance Vidor
This VoiceThread provides a scaffolding for research and active engagement with an important topic of world history.
 
Digital storytelling - Abraham Lincoln's dog, Fido, from Clare Caddell
VoiceThread brought a little-known story about Lincoln to life, with images as well as voice. It was created in response to my second and third graders, who wanted to know more about Lincoln's dog, Fido.
History Podcast with secondary-ed students from Laurie Cohen
This project gives students an opportunity to be creative while demonstrating their content knowledge and technological skills. After developing the Lesson Plan and creating this sample, our US History teacher loved it for his class. He is using it in the 10th grade class.
5th Grade - Ellis Is. Narratives from Barbara De Santis
I wanted this project to enable the students to truly feel the immigrant experience. While primary documents are always in their textbook, there is seldom time to closely examine the images looking for clues to foster understanding.
3rd Grade - School Community from Trish Harrison
The objective was for students to learn to express values while looking at different communities. They practiced discussion; brainstorming; writing down ideas; using ideas in small-group talk as conversations.
11th Grade - Reconstruction from Molly Lynde
This is a great VoiceThread foremost because my students were actively engaged and finished with a clearer understanding of what the post Civil War era was really about... they no longer thought of a "universal freed slave" dancing in the street.
4th Grade - Letters from the Internment Camps
In this VoiceThread, students explore an historical event that is relevant to their physical community, the removal of Japanese-Americans to internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Visual/Perf Arts

American Art: Searching for Values by Constance Vidor
American Art: Searching for Values asks students to observe and interpret works of art from several different eras of American history. An advance organizer at the beginning of the Voicethread shows the students how to describe what they see in the image and then draw conclusions about what these details might suggest about values and ideas that were important to the artist or to the patron.
Higher Ed Aztec Art by Janice Robertson
This VoiceThread shows what can happen when VoiceThreads are woven into a 500-level graduate/undergraduate seminar on Aztec Art, and everyone has the ability to see what everyone else is doing--a surprise ending turns out to be a game-changer.
Higher Ed Pre-Columbian Art History by Janice Robertson
This VoiceThread shows what can happen when students have the opportunity to expand on class teachings and assigned readings, incorporating material of their choice into an art history class: in this case, a 200-level undergraduate course on Pre-Columbian Art and Civilization.
8th Grade - Colors of the Night from Mrs. Brosnan
My goal was to further enhance their Art History knowledge that by using VoiceThread enabled me to extend my teaching "outside of the class room".
 
K-12 art, poetry, and music from Erin Berg
This VT is an example of the power of collaboration using technology. This encompasses art through words, visuals, and music.
 
Higher Ed Online Learning from Michelle Pacansky-Brock
An engaging and dynamic lecture delivered within an interactive environment engages in a way no 'downloadable' lecture can.
 
Higher Ed Online Learning from Michelle Pacansky-Brock 2
By engaging in discussions, students explore and engage in course material more deeply while practicing critical-thinking and discourse.
 

Other

Non-Traditional Online Students
This was a project for Electronic Word English Class at Eastern Oregon University. It is a great example of what can be done with VoiceThread for distance learning students. Both students that worked on the project live in different states.
Upstanders, Not Bystanders - Gail Desler and Natalie Bernasconi
The Upstanders, Not Bystanders VoiceThread addresses an essential aspect of digital citizenship by asking the question, "What does it mean to be an upstander?" - as opposed to a bystander, bully or target/victim. In less than a year since its March 2013 posting, this dynamic VoiceThread has had over a 1000 visitors and is quickly becoming a tool for connected learning by inviting and honoring stories of what it means to cross the line from bystander to upstander.
5th and 6th-grade Digital literacy project from Julienne Hogarth
I gave the learners the images and they researched and posted information and comments about Dale Chihuly's life and art. The learners were thrilled to use Voicethread as a tool in their learning as well as becoming very excited about the art work.
5th Grade - Digital portfolios for student-led parent confs.
As we're an international school, I was looking for a seamless way that relatives in other countries (Grandparents, parents away working etc) could view, comment, give feedback on the digital portfolio.
8th Grade - Refugee stories from Creative Technology
VoiceThread has enabled refugee communities to share stories about what it means to come to a new country to live.
 
6th Grade Class trip from Jennifer Bamesberger
We used VoiceThread to document our class trip to the Maker Faire 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of our study of the Spirit of Creativity. For some of our sixth graders, this was the first long trip away from home without family.