VoiceThread - Group conversations around images, docs and video

Workshop presented by Colette Cassinelli

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Using Voice Thread for Interactive Projects

VoiceThread sandbox for presentation
Practice making comments about VoiceThread and commenting, communication, creativity and collaboration. Try comments by text, audio, phone, web cam, add doodle or upload audio (paid accts).

Examples shared during the presentation

Other Examples shared
More examples located at http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com

VoiceThread 4 Education wiki

A companion page to this presentation is located at http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com . This comprehensive site was developed by Colette Cassinelli and teachers have submitted examples of VoiceThread projects in all areas: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, College, Admin, Library, EdTech, and ESL/EFL. There is also a page for additional VoiceThread resources and explanations of Best Practices for using VoiceThread in your classroom.

About VoiceThread

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.

Click here to read some VoiceThread_Basics.pdf

NETS #2 - Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. NETS for Students 2007



What the goal?
What is the type of project (narrative, persuasive, informative, participatory)
Who is the audience?
Who will participate?
Create a storyboard to plan out sequence & narration


Prepare Content

Decide where you are going to get your images
Use digital photos, images from a URL, your webcam (photo/video) previous VoiceThread projects, Flickr, Facebook, New York Public Library.
VoiceThread supports PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint files, images and video (uploaded or from webcam)

Hint: Use PowerPoint to make slides and then export as *.pdf or *.jpg

Another hint: Open up online image to full size. Right click and choose "save image location". Paste into URL option. But follow CC.

Search for photos with Creative Commons licensing.
VoiceThread can imports photos from Flickr, Facebook, or from the web
Some other sources to find copyright-free or creative commons licensing images are:
Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org
Pics 4 Learning - http://www.pics4learning.com
Flickr Storm - http://www.zoo-m.com/flickr-storm
Flickr/Creative Commons - http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
NOTE: Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a
Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search
through content under each type of license -
but remember - these are personal photos that people have taken - search safely!)

Prepare Narration

Plan and write out narration
Determine what information will be presented on each slide (either on the slide vs. in the comment area)

Record and edit audio narration with Audacity / GarageBand

Record interviews or comments with a cell phone recording program.
Record audio using an iPod and microphone

Upload Content

Upload images/docs/videos first
Use webcam to record video directly in VoiceThread
Choose title and description for each slide
Record narration (limited cell phone minutes) or upload audio files(paid accounts only)
Choose sharing options:
Private – view by invitation only
  • Public view and access
  • Comments – yes/no
  • Comment moderation - on/off
Share URL or embed in webpage or wiki

Add comments

Use computer microphone, telephone, text, audio file, and webcam.
VoiceThread allows users to create ONE account and have multiple identities, HOWEVER you can't have multiple identities logged in at the same time.
Consider having younger students draw and scan original artwork for avatar
With Doodling, you can draw on top of the media as you record your comment
Share URL with others to encourage comments
Turn on comment moderation when using with students

Evaluation / Assessment

Peer Review
Evaluate for rigor, relevance and craftmanship - see Evaluating Digital products from Bernajean Porter http://www.digitales.us/evaluating/index.php


Need additional VoiceThread practice?

Create a VoiceThread account or sign in to an existing account.

Practice commenting on a this VoiceThread project. Go to http://voicethread.com/share/352925/ and add your reflection to the quotes presented in the VoiceThread project. Choose your preferred method: webcam, text, voice or upload.

Thanks to Suzie Vesper for these great ideas ...
Literacy Development
· Publishing writing in oral form
· Poetry Anthologies / Book Reviews
· Choose your own Adventure story
· Writing stories to go with images
· Book promotions
· Vocabulary Development
· Pre-reading / making predictions

Skills Practice
· Language Practice
· Alphabetical Order

Can be used with any grade level and
any subject area – even
professional development

30+ more ideas from Ned's Keeper
Rubric for assessment of VoiceThread Projects - ABVOICETHREADRUBRIC.pdf
Thinking Around A Topic
· Commentary on Social Issues
· Debate on Issue

· Steps in a process
· Instructions / How to

Collaborative Projects
· Understanding other cultures
· Learning About Languages

Showcasing and Evaluating Work
· Art Gallery
· Speeches
· Digital Portfolios
Voicethread Examples in Education
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: ict k12)

Additional Suggestions:

  1. Start simple. First comment on other VoiceThread projects OR make a class project where each student only makes one slide.
  2. Encourage appropriate and thoughtful comments like: I noticed ... this reminds me of ... I'm not sure that ...
  3. Be aware of privacy issues. Use first names only and consider using icons instead of student photos.
  4. Ed.VoiceThread class edition gives you complete control of creating accounts (no email required), allowing access and maintaining control of who views and shares.
  5. Moderate comments in VoiceThread is public.
  6. Be aware of copyright and insist on images with Creative Commons license, scanned artwork, or own digital photos
  7. Consider making guest avatars if you are sharing one account
  8. Only after the class has quite a bit of experience posting comments and uploading images to VoiceThread would I consider an individual project made by students (it does take some time). If you do this, make the students do ALL of the script writing, image collecting or creation, voice recording (edit with Audacity) before you allow them to begin assembling their VoiceThread. I used Inspiration with my students for planning their VoiceThread. Students linked their chosen image and recording and I approved it before they assembled their projects. This could also be done in Word or on a wiki.
  9. Consider using a cell phone to record comments made by outsiders. Click on the phone icon on the VoiceThread window and enter a phone number. VoiceThread will then "call" that number and the receiver can leave a comment that will be attached to that image.