Cost: FREE (for up to 5 files), see levels of subscription at http://voicethread.com/products/k12/
What is it?
With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. (taken from voicethread site)
How I am using it:
To be honest, I’ve only used Voicethread for my classroom curriculum one time. I used it as a station to help show how the artist Henri Rousseau shows space in his work. I only took advantage of uploading images, recording sound and drawing on the images. There is so much more you could do with this!
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Use a voicethread to bring together a vareity of media files on one topic. I find it works well for the visual side of things- reading diagrams, critiquing artworks, etc.
Create a voicethread to introduce, reinforce or close a topic in class. If used to introduce a topic, students could post questions.
Have individual students or small groups access voicethreads to get instruction directly from you (recorded into the voicethread) while you work with other students.
Give students access to a voicethread (simply use the web address) and they can leave comments (audio or written) of their own. Great way to document participation or understanding.
Have students (if they have email addresses and create accounts) create a voicethread on a certain topic to share with the class.
Have students create a voicethread to share their work. Have other students log in and use the comment feature to give peer feedback.
Have students make voicethreads about what they are learning in school. Share with the teacher!
Families could create voicethreads to send to family and friends far away. It could include pictures and narration of things happening in your life!