This week we took time to explore VoiceThread.
What is VoiceThread? Here is the website’s description of the product –
“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 pages 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. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.”
VoiceThread offers free educator accounts, and again, I would create a generic classroom email for all of your students to use so that all of the projects are in the same place. VoiceThread provides a GREAT library of examples for you to look at. Most examples include actual lesson plans as well.
This is a great digital storytelling tool for your classroom if you are looking for a free and easy way for your students to collaborate. All VoiceThreads are embeddable, so you can put them on your website, blog, wiki, etc.