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Edith Allen, English for International Students; Mbaye Lo and Dan Wang, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Many teachers in the language classroom are using VoiceThread instead of traditional tools to offer oral language practice; to increase student, peer, and instructor interaction; and to promote multiple forms of assessment. Are these classroom objectives achieved effectively using VoiceThread? We will consider the pros and cons of VoiceThread by evaluating several of our classroom assignments, such as interviews, oral presentations, self portraits, and video journals, in terms of practice value, interaction value, and assessment value.
The presenters will focus on ways technology tools such as VoiceThread can be used to further student interaction. By designing assignments that focus around conveying meaning among peers, projects can allow students to strengthen voice. The wider audience brings additional dimension to student communication, moving it away from grade-focused student-to-instructor monologues. Presenters will share examples of student-to-student communication projects that center around both writing and oral skills and discuss student attitudes: is communication natural? what is the effect of anxiety on recordings? Student presenters will discuss such projects from a student’s point of view.