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Voice Thread

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Saved by Che Wei Chang (Jack)
on September 19, 2009 at 4:37:45 pm


The Online Collaborative Tool



What is VoiceThread?


VoiceThread is a very diverse online tool that can be used for a wide variety of purposes from teaching to just simply sharing media with friends and family.


In short VoiceThread is a tool that allows an individual to start an online discussion with the capability to share images, videos, and audio files, and allows the participants to comment and add their own media in a variety of ways. Furthermore, the the users can share the discussion by emailing it, invite others to join, or embedding into other places like a wiki. It can even be exported to mp3 players like an Ipod to be taken on the go. VoiceThread also gives the users the ability to make their discussions private or public to be shared with everyone on the internet.


Instead of giving you a five paragraph essay on what is VoiceThread, below is a VoiceThread explaining what it is and a quick introduction on what it can do with some examples.



Below is an example of VoiceThread that I made while working as a Media Lab Manager for CTEL. It includes the use of many of VoiceThread's features:



Educational Uses


VoiceThread is a great tool to be added to any teacher's teaching arsenal. In fact VoiceThread is already been widely used in the educational community that it has a digital library full of VoiceThread that education professionals has made for various different subjects like math, language arts, history, science etc.


The digital library can be accessed via this link: http://voicethread.com/library/#education


Below are a few examples from different subjects that I picked out to demonstrate how VoiceThread can be used to enrich learning experience. Although they are from different subjects, the way that VoiceThread is used can be easily used in all disciplines. There are many different uses for VoiceThread. It all depends on the creativity of the user. Please add in any other uses you might think of here. This is what a wiki is for!


History Example


This is a VoiceThread the teacher created to teach about the Reconstruction after the Civil War. The teacher created the initial VoiceThread and had each individual student add to the discussion.



Math Example


The teacher does not have to be the one creating the VoiceThread. Teachers can have the students create their own VoiceThread reteaching concepts to demonstrate understanding and mastery.




Science Example


Here is an example where teacher can use VoiceThread to showcase student work. Furthermore, the teacher can use VoiceThread as an assessment tool to see if students got what was taught by having each student upload and comment on their own work. Also, while the student is submitting their work, the teacher can go in and comment as well to provide immediate feeback even though the class did not physically meet. Here is an example of this use with a teacher who taught a unit on the water cycle.






Here are two resources that I created for CTEL students and staff while working at the CTEL INTEL Lab. They are tutorials for getting started with VoiceThread.


VoiceThread Registration


Creating a new VoiceThread, uploading pictures and videos, commenting, and sharing




For the most part VoiceThread is a free tool to anyone to use. However, the storage space for free user accounts are limited


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