How to Engage Students with Multimedia Lessons

Published On: August 5th, 2016·By ·

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Would you like to use the same web tool to create multimedia lessons, encourage collaborative participation, and develop alternatives to written assessments? Keep your students engaged in your classroom with VoiceThread.

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Increase classroom participation with multimedia lessons called VoiceThreads.

VoiceThread is a free web tool that allows teachers and students to create multimedia displays of graphics, text, video, and more. First, you create a slideshow of graphics or images. Next, you attach text, audio, or video clips to each slide to create a thread of information for your students to enjoy.

There are a variety of plans available for your VoiceThread account, and there are three special options designed with educators in mind. However, you can try out the tool completely free of charge with a basic account. The basic account allows you to create up to five VoiceThreads, comment by microphone and text, and share your VoiceThreads via a share link. With so much free technology out there today, I recommend starting with the free account first.

To learn a little more in-depth about VoiceThread, take a look at this video, Use Voicethread as a Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Tool. This 30-minute training session explores how to use VoiceThread as an alternative to PowerPoint to explain a concept or skill, as a way to promote student participation, and as an alternative to written assessments. Join education technology trainer David Faure as he demonstrates how to build a VoiceThread, and invites participants to comment on it during the live session. Though the examples shared are science-related, the concepts are applicable across disciplines.

What types of tools do you like to integrate with your lessons? Tell me about your favorites in a comment on this article.

Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at

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