A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in five different ways:
  • Voice with a microphone
  • Voice with a telephone
  • Typing text
  • Audio files
  • Video (via a webcam).
VoiceThread allows users to create group conversations from anywhere in the world which are collected and shared. Users can also doodle while commenting as well as choose which comments are visible by using the moderation option. VoiceThreads can also be embedded on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.
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Website: www.voicethread.com

Task #1: Create a VoiceThread account at voicethread.com by clicking here.


Task #2: Click here to access the Classroom 2.0 VoiceThread. Add your own message to this global VoiceThread!


Task #3: Click here to go to VoiceThread.com, and create your own VoiceThread by uploading images or a PowerPoint presentation. Add audio. Share.

iPad users: Click here for the Voicethread app availble for free in iTunes.
Classroom Implications
Read Richard Byrne's blog post that provides dozens of examples of how VoiceThread has been used in the classroom.
Just click below.

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Administrative Implications
VoiceThread provides a platform for you to share documents, presentations, or other objects, talk about them and hear other perspectives. You can use VoiceThread in an asynchronous component of PLCs or as a way to solicit feedback on your school improvement plan, school-wide or district-wide data, etc. The possibilities are endless.


Other Resources
VoiceThread is also appropriate for adolescents. See how students in Liz Conine's and Sarah White's foreign language classes at Hickory High School used VoiceThread in 2008 to complete a joint project in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Groups of students worked together to create informational VoiceThreads on the following topics:
  • School Dress Code
  • Check-in and Check-out Procedures
  • Procedures for Using the Media Center
  • Cafeteria Procedures.
Students wrote audio, met together, used digital cameras to take photos they uploaded to VoiceThread, and then made their recording.Following the recording session, students met to discuss similarities and differences in the languages and to reflect on the project.Click on the links below for the sample Voicethreads.
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Hickory High School Dress Code Informational VoiceThread

Hickory High School Check in and Check Out Procedures

Hickory High School's Procedures for Using the Media Center

Hickory High School Cafeteria Procedures

Michael Vort on Voicethread: Take a listen as Michael Fort from Baltimore County Public Schools shares how his district is embracing VoiceThread.


So Simple Even a Child Can Create a VoiceThread

When Heather's son was four years old in 2007, they created a VoiceThread together. Click the link below to hear Jackson's Scary Story.

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