VoiceThread

A completed example of a VoiceThread:

A VoiceThread being used by students to make a new version of a familiar story:


Web 2.0 Tool

Description

Pros/Cons

Possible Use in Class

VoiceThread
My Trial Run
This is a quick trial run I did of a VoiceThread using pictures I had on my computer. I did not have a microphone when I made it, so I had to use text. This was also the project that helped me see that doodles did not work out all the time, and I had to delete them from the slides.
This tool allows a person to make a presentation with narration, or other types of comments, so that others can view it at a later time. It also allows people to view presentations, documents, and other media over the Internet while adding comments through voice recordings, text, or doodling on the presentation.
Pros:
  • Easy to use with the three steps (Upload, Comment, Share)
  • Can create 50+ student accounts under a Teacher Account (the first 50 go with the account, then $1 for each additional account)
  • Very versatile (able to use photos, videos, or documents)
Cons:
  • Restrictions on the free account (can only make three VoiceThreads, also limits phone commenting and webcam time)
  • While trying to doodle during commenting, doodles sometimes appear on other slides
  • Very limiting if there is no microphone to use
Reading:
narrating a student made story, giving an oral book report with pictures, giving an informative speech that includes directions
Math:
explaining how to do multi-step problems, working out word problems with pictures
Science:
dissecting an animal through pictures/video, presenting science experiments for science fair
Social Studies:
making a biographical report over famous inventors, taking a trip around the world

Steps to creating a VoiceThread:

  1. Log in to your account. (If you do not already have one, you can sign up for a free account at: https://voicethread.com/)
  2. Once signed in, click the Create tab.
  3. Upload pictures, documents, or other items you want to share. Make sure to add a title and description so that you will be able to find files later on.
  4. Then by clicking the comment box, you can add text, doodling, or voice recordings to your presentation. Your comments will be saved onto your presentation for future viewing. Remember to click save when you are completed with each comment. (If needed, comments can be edited during the making of the VoiceThread or after you have completed your Thread. Just click on the trashcan near the comment and click Delete It.)
  5. You can also decide on playback options, such as how long you want each segment to play, how the presentation will start playing when it is opened, and if you will allow others to download the Thread.
  6. You can also decide on who you want to see your project or who you want to comment on your project by clicking the Publishing Options at the bottom of the page.
  7. The last thing you need to do is to share the VoiceThread. You can do this by sending the presentation to contacts you have set up through your VoiceThread. You can also embed the presentation or make a link or create a link to send to others later.
  8. As long as your comments have been saved, you can go back later and edit or send the VoiceThread to someone else.



Sources:

Cassinelli, C. (2011, April). Retrieved August 27, 2011 from the Voicethread 4 Education Wiki: http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/home
Tejedor, A. (2010). Voicethread Tutorial. Retrieved August 27, 2011 from http://www.slideshare.net/Andreatej/voicethread-tutorial
VoiceThread. (2011). VoiceThread Overview. Retrieved August 27, 2011 from http://voicethread.com/about/features/