Digital Digest: Voicethread

Using Voicethread

VoiceThread is a totally web-based application that allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file.


  • Free to use for all Penn State faculty, staff, and students
  • Accessible
  • Functions on multiple devices
  • Provides experience with technology
  • Improves learning experiences
  • Easy to learn and use

Ways to Use

  • Community-building
  • Conversations
  • Debates
  • Critique/feedback
  • Case studies
  • Role-plays
  • Peer-to-Peer learning
  • Portfolios
  • Debates
  • Introduction

Examples of Voicethread from around the Web

Sharing Student Research

One of the final VoiceThread assignments involves students creating a video comment about 2 minutes explaining their researched topic, describing how their explored subject connects to the advances in a given business or industry and concludes with what they learned from their analysis. This allows students to deliver all their research in a unique methodology that’s summarized and explained to other peers. Learn more...

Biology Journal Club

One essential component for graduate-level instruction is the Journal Club: students critically read and evaluate the primary literature and then engage in a presentation and discussion of the research. This is a bedrock activity that I’ve struggled to appropriately structure for my online courses. Learn more...

Virtual Science Fairs (aka Digital Science Portfolios)

Making student projects more transparent using video to have students "show their work" by recording the construction of the experiment as well as their thinking. Because VoiceThreads are living, evolving content, students can upload work, get feedback from their teacher, then revise and upload new iterations all in the same place. In essence, students can use VoiceThreads as a transparent, digital portfolio tool. We think this can help restore science fairs to their original status as amazing ways to create hands-on learning experiences that genuinely impact student understanding of the scientific method. 

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