I’ve been experimenting with VoiceThread to offer students the opportunity to develop their speaking ability from home. I previously used Vocaroo to get students to record themselves speaking for 1 to 2 minutes. Vocaroo is also useful and more suited to simple voice recordings.
VoiceThread however offers the option of supporting multimedia with pictures and videos. Students can upload a picture then record themselves speaking about it.
Once shared, on a forum or blog space, other students can then leave their own comments in response to the original speaker’s recording. It is a good way of generating discussions, finding out about your students and getting them to speak English outside of class.
I have made a short tutorial showing you how to make a VoiceThread:
I’d like to get my adult students to share their VoiceThread on our wikispaces page. It is also a great idea for IELTS preparation courses.
Here’s one I prepared:
If you try it out, do let me know how you get on!