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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.


  • http://voicethread.com/
  • With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.

    VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

    Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.


Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, VoiceThread can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:

  • Online Discussion - Return spoken discussion - even online - using VoiceThread to record an audio post to a discussion topic. Connect distance students to the classroom easily with this tool.
  • Peer Review - Have students create projects in Prezi or many of the other creation tools found on the Technology Tools page of the CIRT website. Post the projects on the private class page in VoiceThread. Have students review each other's work and leave voice comments for their peers.
  • Teacher Exclusive: Audio Grade - Post student projects in a private VoiceThread page. Leave audio comments on each learner's project. Record the project grade privately in your grade book - not on the website.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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