WHY I LIKE AND USE VOICETHREAD In My Counseling Courses
By Irle Goldman, PhD
- Counseling is a relational, symbolic and creative experience. Having students describe it in a paper makes it too one-dimensional. It looses it’s depth and possibilities. Voicethread allows us to add pictures, voice, and video to create a richer, more useful and communicative product.
- Voicethread allows the students to see each other’s work and learn from it. You have a more relational/mutual educational experience.
- Voicethread allows students to react/respond to each others’ work in a way that’s easy to see and connect to. This helps to build community for the class.
- Voicethread allows you to see the whole picture… all of the classes creations in one screen; all the pages of individual creations in another screen. I get a better sense of the whole gestalt.
- Because of this, it is easier to mark. You can see what is included and missing in one-fell-swoop.
- What the students produce is much more interesting to read/see/hear.
- Because it uses so many modalities (kind of like life) the students tell me that it’s more interesting to create. They can start from a picture or a text or a song and build their piece of work around any of these and add to it and re-organize it.
- I have used it for projects, for midterms and for finals in my Theories of Counseling and Human Development classes.
- It is always available in the cloud.
- It can be archived in a student’s portfolio.
Challenges: It takes a while to learn how to connect and use it and I have not yet figured out the way to communicate with students individually on it.
|Join Irle Goldman, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Faculty and Liv Cummins, Asst Professor of Drama and Literature for a lunchtime conversation about VoiceThread on Feb. 27th at 12pm in UNIV 3-098. They will discuss the different ways they have used VoiceThread in their courses and answer questions.|