A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways - using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) - and share them with anyone they wish. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.Here's an example of a VoiceThread, What's a VoiceThread Anyway?
I've spent quite a lot of time exploring and viewing many VoiceThreads. And I've listened to this podcast from Teachers Teaching Teachers in which VoiceThread is discussed by the creators and teachers. What's really great are the VoiceThreads posted in the comments section.
Educational uses for VoiceThread abound. Here only a few of the ways it can be used:
- Storytelling, poetry readings, etc. - Poetry Pizzazz
- Individual or group book reports like this one, Hatchet
- Practice using a foreign language - Meine Familie
- Oral commentary about a field trip - Chinese Garden
- Reactions about an event or disaster,
- Tour of ... Summer of 2007
- Art students' works with artist's interpretation and peer comments, Flash Video (Victoria Taylor-Gore uses videos to show her own work, tributes to Vincent VanGogh and Mark Rothko)
- How to whatever... Social Bookmarking
- Summary of an event, activity, concept, etc. - Triangles by Angles
- Time-lapse of a school year (picture for each month, season, etc.) A Year in 12 Pictures
- Explanation of an event, topic, lesson, etc. Plagiarism
- Select a VoiceThread and have students comment/learn how to comment.
I hope you make time to explore this great tool.
Here's a great post by Cheryl Oakes from the TechLearning Blog where she talks about her experiences introducing staff to VoiceThread and includes links to other resources about VoiceThread.