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Presenting information for assessment using VoiceThread

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

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

Teaching and learning

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

Learning context 

Social studies unit titled, "Proud of who we are". Within the context of the Rugby World Cup, students identified cultural practices in New Zealand and other countries.  

e-Learning focus

Extend students’ skills and confidence using online tools to research, organise, and present information.



Students worked in groups to read and synthesise information from websites about countries participating in the Rugby World Cup, which the teacher had bookmarked.

The teacher produced a VoiceThread  using pictures that showed cultural aspects of the different countries. The teacher demonstrated how to use the tool and then students individually recorded what they had learned from their research to demonstrate their understanding. Students bookmarked the VoiceThread link so that they could access it easily during class time. 

After all students had contributed to the VoiceThread assessment, the teacher added some feedback via text comments to slides so that the students could review and make changes to their VoiceThreads. 

As a final celebration of their learning, the class shared their VoiceThreads with a neighbouring class that was involved in the same unit of work.

Using VoiceThread for assessment

Using VoiceThread as an assessment tool provided all students with the opportunity to show their learning on an oral platform. As some of the students were emergent writers, it was an excellent tool for them to demonstrate their learning without the constraints of a pen and paper assessment.

Teacher reflections

The main focus of the unit of learning was to establish strong skills in using online tools. Students gained confidence in using the tools through:

  • following a step-by-step process
  • having the skills modelled for them
  • opportunities to practise and “play” with the tools.

Students also gained ownership of their learning by:

  • having clear guidelines for the learning focus
  • the teacher incorporating their ideas
  • learning to create the VoiceThread assessment task.

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