Voicethread is basically a Web-based digital-storytelling application that allows users to share their stories through audio, images, videos or text. It also allows visitors to make comments on their stories in five different ways: 1) voice with a microphone, 2) or voice with telephone), 3) text, 4) audio file, or 5) video with a webcam. The stories can be shared with anyone in the world or they can be kept private for selected individuals. Like many Web 2.0 applications, you can get a free basic account as well as a VoiceThread Pro account with unlimited creation and advanced features for a fee. However, VoiceThread is offering free educator accounts for all k-12 classroom educators. These free accounts are identical to the Pro account in almost every aspect.
I think VoiceThread is a great classroom tool and has a great potential in education. It has a user-friendly interface. Creating and sharing a video thread is a simple process and all you need is a microphone or WebCam. Teachers and students can upload their PowerPoint slides (saved as JPEGs) and expand on the info with audio snippets. Teachers can even set up an account for individual classes that allow students access to the account for group projects. Also, VoiceThread presentations can be embedded in blogs and Web sites. To learn more about VoiceThread, you can watch this VoiceThread presentation, What is VoiceThread Anyway?
There are many excellent VoiceThreads created by teachers and students that demonstrate the uses of VoiceThreads into the classroom:
- Going and Coming
- What is Bellwork?
- Multimedia Venn Diagram
- What is Function?
- Measurement and Uncertainty
- Measuring Volume of Weird Objects
- Web 2.0 Promises and Potentials
- The Industrial Revolution
I have created a VoiceThread on my blog, Tech Learning. Unfortunately, I can not embed my VoiceThread in my blog since WordPress.com does not allow Flash embedding. Nonetheless, please click on the VoiceThread image shown below to access my VoiceThread page. Here is a wonderful chance if you have never used the VoiceThread. Just sign up and click your microphone and start threading your thoughts. Please feel free to leave me a message by recording your audio/video/text on this VoiceThread. Thank you.