Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 203–211 | Cite as

Using VoiceThread to Create Meaningful Receptive and Expressive Learning Activities for Young Children

  • Afton Gillis
  • Katie LuthinEmail author
  • Howard P. Parette
  • Craig Blum


Development of receptive and expressive language skills is an important foundational skill in early childhood education. Recently, early childhood education professionals have begun using Web-based technology to assist in developing these skills. One Web-based technology that holds potential to support children’s learning is VoiceThread which has unique features that support Universal Design for Learning. This paper provides practical recommendations for use of VoiceThread in meaningful learning activities that can easily be implemented. A step-by-step guide is presented to create and use VoiceThread.


VoiceThread Technology Early childhood education Universal design for learning Language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Afton Gillis
    • 1
  • Katie Luthin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Howard P. Parette
    • 1
  • Craig Blum
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Special EducationIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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