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Presenting information for assessment using VoiceThread

Tags: Assessment | Social sciences | Communication | Multimedia – audio/music/sound | Presentation | Lower primary | Primary |

Students at Ashburton Netherby School used ICT technologies to share aspects of their learning.

"Our school regularly reviews the way technology is embedded in effective learning and teaching." 
eLPF 2014

Teaching and Learning

The class was completing a “Proud of who we are” unit which celebrated New Zealand culture, and other national cultures, through the lens of the Rugby World Cup. Through this unit, the classroom teacher wanted to extend her students’ knowledge, confidence, and skills in ICT and online tools so that they could research, organise, and present information.

In groups, the students used the Internet to find out information about various countries participating in the Rugby World Cup. The teacher set up bookmarks to help students navigate to appropriate web pages.

Their findings were recorded in MimioStudio [see associated snapshot] and shared with the class.

Information gathered was copied into a PowerPoint presentation which was shared during the school’s "Celebration of Learning" day.

Students then recorded their understandings on the Voicethread.


Using Voicethread for assessment

Using Voicethread as an assessment tool provided all students with the opportunity to show their learning through an oral platform. As some of the students were emergent writers, it was an excellent tool for them to contribute ideas without the constraints of traditional pen and paper assessment.

The teacher produced a Voicethread presentation using pictures of some cultural aspects of the countries the students had been researching. The Voicethread presentation was then used for the students to record what they had learned with the pictures acting as a prompt.  

A link to the Voicethread presentation was also set up in the user bookmarks so the students could easily access it during class time.

After some initial group work and whole class modelling, the students individually recorded via Voicethread to demonstrate their understanding.

After all students had contributed to the Voicethread assessment, the teacher added some text comments to slides where some of the information was incorrect so that the students could review the presentations in conjunction with these comments.

As a final celebration of the students’ work, the class shared their presentations with the neighbouring class who were also completing the same unit of work.

Learning Inquiry

As a result of this activity, students gained confidence in ICT. This provided ongoing benefits to  other curriculum areas as students were able to use the Intranet independently.

An emphasis on individual accountability meant all of the group were expected to contribute to the presentations and Voicethread assessment task. This allowed all students to show their strengths in various areas and provided leadership opportunities.


The main focus of this inquiry was to establish strong foundation skills in the use of ICT tools. The teacher felt that the following aspects of her teaching helped students’ confidence in using ICT:

  • skills were modelled
  • tasks were broken down into small steps
  • students had the opportunity to practise and “play” with ICT tools.

Read the snapshot incorporating MimioStudio .

Online discussions

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Software types

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Multimedia – audio/music/sound