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Voicethread – a great web2.0 resource

Posted by murcha on December 3, 2007

At school, we are using voicethread to share our interests, acitivities and other project materials with some schools in USA. The grade 3 and 4 class have been working on this project. Year 8 students have produced a photo album of our school to share with schools in other countries. It is relatively easy to use and there are great tutorials, examples and resources on the website.

Voicethread is like a photo album but it can capture and hold the voices and stories of an entire group forever. It is then stored online. It can be made public or private. Many identities can be created so that each class member will have a separate identity under the umbrella of the teacher. Each identity chooses an image for themselves and records their voiceover. Steps in using voicethread are as follows:-

Goto www.voicethread.com >upload and insert the required photo under browse (or flickr or photobucket) Give a title to your slide. Make sure you give yourself a digital image – photo or otherwise.

Goto comment and record your introduction or voiceover, add an image. Goto the top RHS corner where your photo or image sits>my account>add identity and follow the prompts.

Voicethread identity additions

Once in the voicethread, identities can also be added. Follow the prompts until completed. New slides, with different images, can be added etc. Ensure that the microphone settings are correct for the computer that you are using. Choose record and the person records their message. If you need to re-record the voice click on the rubbish bin which appears when selecting the image. See below.

delete-voice.jpg

To switch identities, click on your image in lower left hand corner, and choose the one you now want to work with. New identities can be added here as well.

switching identities

These voicethreads can be shared with other classes, schools and globally. So they are a great collaborative tool.

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5 Responses to “Voicethread – a great web2.0 resource”

  1. Wow! Clearly you are all on a learning curve. What a fabulous time your class are having. Sounds fabulous!

  2. Fantastic! This looks amazing and I can’t wait to have a look at this site and see if I can’t bring it alive for my grade 2 class. Congratulations… will be keeping an eye here.

  3. Lori said

    I just went to the Videothread website. This is a wonderful tool. Thanks for introducing this to us.

  4. imogen88 said

    What a brilliant way to use these tools!

  5. I am collecting examples of how educators are using Voicethread in their classroom or for professional development on a wiki at: http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/

    My plan is to share these examples with other technology teachers who provide professional development in their schools.

    Feel free to add your own examples or links to resources. Thanks in advance,
    Colette

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