Educators and Administrators contact us frequently for scholarly articles and studies that can be referenced in applications for educational grants or federal funding for VoiceThread. Here we've compiled a list of these sources for research relevant to VoiceThread in Professional Development.
McCormack, Virginia. Increasing Teacher Candidate Responses through the Application of VoiceThread. International Journal of Arts and Sciences. 3(11): 160 - 165 (2010) CD-ROM. ISSN: 1944-6934. Retrieved 3/30/11 from: http://openaccesslibrary.org/images/RLN147_Virginia_McCormack.pdf
Abstract: Free Web technology tool integration into education settings is growing exponentially because the tools promote creativity, collaboration, and communication. It is essential that teachers understand how to generate reflective learning opportunities using Web technologies to create optimal reflective learning environments. The author explored the use of VoiceThread, a Web 2.0 tool for more in-depth reviewing and reflecting on shared learning experiences. Participants were 25 teacher candidates, who participated in semi-structured interviews. The findings of this study suggested that the development and implementation of VoiceThread assignments increased student reflective response, engagement, and Web technology literacy.
Nakagawa, Alan. Using VoiceThread for Professional Development: Probeware training for science teachers. ETEC 690. Spring 2010. Retrieved 3/30/11 from: http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/15364
Abstract: The development of technologies such as probeware requires training, not only in its use, but also in its integration into the curriculum. It is a common practice for schools to spend large portions of their budget on purchasing technology while neglecting to provide funding for the much-needed professional development. The availability of online professional development has provided in-service teachers opportunities to overcome traditional barriers of distance and time and allowed them to seek out and participate in much needed training. In recent years online instruction has incorporated the use of Web 2.0 tools to facilitate professional development for science teachers. While research on the use of Web 2.0 tools in professional development have been conducted, research on newer tools, such as VoiceThread, that can be used to deliver instruction is limited. In light of the increased use (purchase) of probeware in our schools the question of whether or not professional development can be effectively delivered through the use of VoiceThread has been the focus of this research.