Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Using Voicethread

Recently, I have been spending a good deal of time training staff members on the use of Voicethread. Voicethread is a Web 2.0 tool that allows the user to upload images and then narrate them or type comments about them, creating online, collaborative, multimedia presentationws. It is incredibly easy and powerful. What I love about it is the versatility of it. You can upload presentation slides and narrate them, you can upload student created artwork and narrate them, or you can upload photos.

I inevitably get the question, "So why would I use that in my classroom?" Here is a short list of ways it can be used:

  • Storytelling

  • Book reports

  • Narration of a multimedia presentation

  • Sequencing

  • Field trip narration

  • Explanation of how to process complex problems - see http://www.mathcasts.org/

  • Virtual field trips to far away times or places

  • Current events

  • upload diagrams/concept maps and explain their meaning

  • How to Videos

  • Anything, everything


Here is a quick Voicethread that explains what it is all about:

http://voicethread.com/#home.b409.i3129

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