Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The 12 Days of Techmas - Day 12: Voicethread

On the 12th day of Techmas, my Ed Tech brought to me...

I've quite possibly saved the best for last here, but I'll let you be the judge of that. If you've missed the past 11 days, here they are in a quick list. Be sure to check them out:

Voicethread might best be described as interactive media albums. They are online slideshows of images, documents or videos where viewers are able to comment on each slide. Comments can be made by typing, recording an audio or video comment, or drawing on the image itself. What happens is a conversation around the image, video or document where students can engage and reflect upon the material. Students could reflect upon something the teacher has posted, or a teacher (and peers) could leave feedback for a student's work. Voicethread has become so popular in the education community that they have created a secure Education version ($$). Here you have the option of keeping the Voicethread private or publishing them publicly on the Voicethread site. You always have the option of embedding your Voicethread on your blog (see below).

To get started on Voicethread, they offer a number of easy tutorials and you can also check out Youtube. You begin by uploading images, videos or documents that you have. Add a title, description and some tags to your Voicethread.

Each picture or video needs to have a title added. You can comment on each picture by selecting the picture and clicking comment. Before you share your Voicethread, be sure to select which Playback and Publishing options you would like. You can then export or embed your Voicethread. Here is a quick one that I've created (feel free to leave comments):

Here are some ideas for how to use Voicethread in the Classroom - Voicethread 4 Education Wiki. Alternately, look at the Voicethread below on 100 ways to include Voicethread in the Classroom:

Merry Techmas Everyone!

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