To discuss the media’s impact on body image and physical activity, 8th grade students will view the following VoiceThread presentation, complete a written assignment, and post comments on the VoiceThread.

VoiceThread:  Media, Body Image and Physical Activity

Objective: Students will analyze how the media impacts attitudes toward body image and physical activity.


  • Maryland PE Curriculum, Standard IV G1. Exercise Physiology, Media and Physical Activity
  • 1a. Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness.
  • 1b. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.
  • 1c. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify student’s conceptual understanding and thinking, planning and creative processes.
  • 2a. Design and adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.

My intention is that students will view this in a blog either at home or at the computer lab.  The VoiceThread is to enhance the written assignment by providing more interesting visual introduction to the assignment, as well as provide a tool for discussion.  This type of discussion is not normally possible in a physical education class.   Please see my VoiceThread Screencast blog post  for more details on how to use this product.


5 responses »

  1. Hi! I wanted to watch your VoiceThread, but the site said that I don’t have permission to view it. Maybe you need to change the settings on the presentation? Let me know if you figure it out; I’d really like to see it!

    • slm508ame says:

      Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I needed to change a setting. Let me know what you think. I wish I could do more with the tool to make it more dynamic. You cannot add music to the entire VoiceThread as background, just the individual slide.

      • I was able to access it this time. One thought on how to make it more dynamic -it might not be clear to viewers who don’t know Voice Thread that, when you ask a question with each slide, they are able to respond right on that slide by typing, recording video, or recording audio. You might want, in the beginning, to explain this and remind students to respond each time you ask a question. For example, when you ask, “Does the media portray images of boys and girls differently?” You might add the instructions, “Look at these images, then leave your reactions and responses before you move on. Remember, you can type a response, record a video of yourself speaking, or just record your voice.” I love VoiceThread & just learned how to use it recently!
        – Kate

      • slm508ame says:

        Good suggestions! I really appreciate your feedback. Do you think the music is out of place? I wanted to show that you can add music and drama but I am not sure if it was effective or not.

      • Yeah, it did seem a little weird, though I know what you mean about wanting to show that capability. Maybe you could include music on a slide where there’s something the audience would be looking at for a while (reading something, maybe?)

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